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I have a few questions about the summit I wish someone would answer for me. I am tryng to finalize my reservation. My son and I are planning on going for the 2012 Summit. I understand Ouray is a very small town, about 9 blocks worth. If you had the choice of staying at the Best Western or at a hotel a couple of blocks away, which one would you do? Is there plenty of room at the Best Western to get around, or is it quite crowded. If I wanted to go somewhere in the FJ, would I have room to drive out of the parking lot? I understand that the B.W. is the headquarters for the Summit, but everybody and everything can't be just at the B.W. I guess what I'm asking is, will I miss anything if we stay a couple of blocks away?

Another question is where can I get the information I need to sign up for the trails? Is there several different times for each trail run, or do they just get done once a day? I understand that some are longer trips than others. Do the shorter ones get run multiple times a day?

I know that they will come out with all the info for the 2012 Summit when it is finalized, but I would like to know what was done in the years before.

Sorry, if these are questions that have been answered time after time. I just need to get them down in my head. Thanks in advance. I guess I'm like a kid in a candy shop. I realize it is still 9 months off, but I am really excited to be able to attend with my son.
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I have a few questions about the summit I wish someone would answer for me. I am tryng to finalize my reservation. My son and I are planning on going for the 2012 Summit. I understand Ouray is a very small town, about 9 blocks worth. If you had the choice of staying at the Best Western or at a hotel a couple of blocks away, which one would you do? Is there plenty of room at the Best Western to get around, or is it quite crowded. If I wanted to go somewhere in the FJ, would I have room to drive out of the parking lot? I understand that the B.W. is the headquarters for the Summit, but everybody and everything can't be just at the B.W. I guess what I'm asking is, will I miss anything if we stay a couple of blocks away?

Another question is where can I get the information I need to sign up for the trails? Is there several different times for each trail run, or do they just get done once a day? I understand that some are longer trips than others. Do the shorter ones get run multiple times a day?

I know that they will come out with all the info for the 2012 Summit when it is finalized, but I would like to know what was done in the years before.

Sorry, if these are questions that have been answered time after time. I just need to get them down in my head. Thanks in advance. I guess I'm like a kid in a candy shop. I realize it is still 9 months off, but I am really excited to be able to attend with my son.
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Last year was my first time too & I had a lot of the same questions. When the registration opens up it will be at fjsummit.org. When you sign up you select the trails & times you want to run them. Most trails take the majority of the day, some more than others (Alpine Loop). So you will get one trail run per day as far as actual summit sanctioned runs go. We stayed about 3 or 4 blocks down & dont feel like I missed anything. BW is quite crowded with vehicles but for dinner & night events there is plenty of parking fairly close. I am planning to go again this year but havent gotten reservations yet because I dont know how many people are going this year, however I dont plan to stay at the BW this year either & will look for something cheaper, if not camp. For the most part all events with the exception of metaltechs sponsored dinner & the trail runs are at the BW. Hope this helps, I would expect official registration to open in the february time frame like it did last year. Hope to see ya there, Im trying to get some friends to go & make my reservations ASAP

To add, I personally recommend accomodating for snacks & drinks along the way & a CB with a better antenna than a handheld! I will atleast be adding an external antenna for this year so I dont miss out on the trail chatter like I did last year with my handheld midland. Otherwise in my opinion thats all you really need, probably would be wise to have a tire repair kit, especially if your spare doesnt match the rest. However nobody on any of the runs I did (California/Corkscrew, Imogene/Ophir, & Engineer/Cinnamon aka Alpine Loop) had any tire issues or any breakage issues for that matter. Tho the highlight of my trip was seeing a group of tourists in a Chevy Cruize confused & stuck halfway up one of the trails because their GPS sent them that way, even they hadnt broken anything atleast when we saw them.

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Re: First time to FJ Summit

You wont miss anything by staying a few blocks away. There is plenty of parking along the street by the BW. And, yes the parking lot is drivable even during evening events. If you choose you can park on the road (an extra few steps from the BW grounds).

The Summit org chooses a handful of trails that will be run for the 3 days. Each trail run has a signup and they are staggered 30 minutes apart. If you cant get your run one day you can sign up for another day. You can only sign up for 1 sanctioned run each day.

Stay where you want and what you can afford. You will be at the BW for each day's evening event and then everyone goes their own way afterwards.

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The BW is actually in the corner of town and off by itself, so if you want to hang around the BW and party with the regulars (and over-pay for a room), then the BW is the way to go.

I stayed at the Ouray Chalet Inn for ~$85/night, walked to the BW when I needed to (dinner mostly), and had a super short walk to any of several restaurants for breakfast each morning along the main street there in Ouray. If I don't camp at the KOA next year I'll be staying at the Chalet Inn again.

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Hey, thanks for the replys and p.m., guys. I just want this to be a great trip.(but how could it not be, with 250 other FJ owners) Opie and I are going to get the reservations finalized, so we can spend so the next 8 or 9 months getting ready! Thanks again for the help, and we hope to see you there.
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Something else you may want to consider, if time and money allow. The Summit always starts on Wednesday, a number of folks actually leave the Friday before and go to Moab for a Sat - Tue/Wed warm up to the Summit. This is REAL off-roading/rock krawling stuff and they have easy to impossible trails for everyone! The difference between Moab and the Summit is night and day. Moab is only 150 miles from Ouray (about 3 1/2 to 4 hrs drive) through the mountains. Also the scenery is awesome!

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Ok, I have edited this post about the best western - Looks like I snuck in before they jacked it up and blocked it off! Sorry for sying it was still cheap... it was 179 a night in January this past year!

I liked being at the BW as I was on my own until I met people. but always something there, but I did go into "town" a lot. Overall it is not a big deal to walk anywhere in Ouray so it does not matter! Who knows, all the hotels may be cheaper if you book now

People go to Moab after the summit as well. May give you a chance to meet up with new people from the summit. It is completely different, as mentioned in this thread. Summit trails are not so much about pushing your vehicle as the fun and beauty of being there. Enjoy!

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WInk 82 - I have that midland- and it works great once you wire an antenna. the size is great in the FJ. (I got the boztec mount myself as I live in a wet place to avoid rust)

Jimmy buffet has a great thread on it! (Hi James)
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Hey Kristen I'm showing a little bit of rust on the bottom of my antenna but it's no biggie.

The install thread is in my sig, which includes purchase links to all the parts I used for mine (including some of the hard-to-find tiny pieces that let you install the coax through the center console).

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