Indoor Off-Roading in the Lone Star State: Camp Jeep’s Four-Wheel Drive Adventure
Too bad a place like this didn’t exist during my childhood summers. It gave attendees “a first-hand look at the capability standards of Jeep vehicles for Ground Clearance, Traction, Stability, Articulation and Suspension”:
After a little tripod action, we rumbled over a stretch of small stumps, each of a different height. The Grand Cherokee tackled it with aplomb. I was more shaken up than the vehicle.
The peaked section we traversed next paled in comparison to what awaited us: Jeep Mountain.
Thirty-five degree grade. 18-foot summit.
Luckily, the Grand Cherokee I was in had 360 horsepower from a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 to help us defeat gravity…and Hill Descent Control to keep us from shooting down the peak and into the crowd.
We made the ascent.
Then, I got two eyefuls of ceiling.
We might as well have been perpendicular to the floor. Nothing an automaker bundles into its vehicles can help you deal with that mixture of alarm and excitement.
Aside from a lot of bouncing around inside the Grand Cherokee, we made it down without incident. The SUV’s suspension, tires and electronic aids allowed us to make our way down a frighteningly angled slope, as you’ll see in this video:
Bravo, Jeep. You gave me an unforgettable experience in one hell of an off-roader.