I fully agree that "first timers" to the Summit who have little to no off-road experience and are trying out the experience should not be "required" to carry what those of us "old timers" carry, but they should strive to be as self sufficient as possible or at least post questions herein to see if they can partner or buddy up with equipped rigs and not just expect others to provide for them.
X2, Dale. That's exactly why the list of vehicle
-related items that I suggested, is not only recommended gear for multi-truck trail runs (like Ouray), but also a minimal "starter kit" that everyone
should carry in their 4x4, regardless
of the venue.
Like you implied, Dale, even though there's a good chance that fellow members of a given trail run probably will
have a loanable recovery strap and a couple extra D-shackles to get you out of a bind . . . . one should never take that for granted.
However, I deliberately omitted things like 12k winches, 36" tires, Pull-Pals, sand landers, air jacks and such . . . . just
so the first-timers would realize that all that great stuff isn't
a necessity for attending the Summit.
Too often within our great forum, peer pressure sends a subtle message to novice off-roaders that he/she absolutely must
piece of off-road gear and modification available for their FJ. And, that simply isn't true.
So, everyone come and have fun at the Summit!! And, if you do
get the urge to start building up your FJ, the Summit will be the perfect place to "shop out" what other members already have on their trucks before
you even start your project. Hey, what better way to create your own additional "Top 10