Selected for 2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge Top 10
"Jennifer has been wheeling her Jeep for fun for the past two years and has found the love of offroading and maintaining her Jeep. Jennifer and her son wrote a book together titled Scotty's Way. The book is about her son losing his arm and learning new ways to do things with a lot of hard work. Jennifer enjoys quality time with her kids and family, does crossfit 5-6 times a week, and is a recently single mom of two. For her day job, she works part-time at the surgery center."
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I am a single mom of two. My son is 14 and my daughter is 11. I love off-roading and learning to work on my Jeep (2012 JKU). I have been doing Crossfit 5-6 times a week for the past 3 years. I work part-time at a Surgery Center in the office. I enjoy quality time spent with my kids and my family.
How long have you been offroading?
I’ve been off-roading for about 2 years.
I bought a brand new Jeep 5 years ago. I slowly started modifying it, and I found some local off-road clubs through Facebook. I started going to some events, and I was hooked!
Tell us about your vehicle:
It is a 2012 JKU named Reaper. It has a 3-inch 2one lift with Bilstein shocks, 35-inch DC Crusher tires with steel wheels. He has a Highrock steel front stubby bumper with a 12.000 lb winch; drivers side mounted high-lift jack; fastback soft-top; modified Rubicon sway-bar, SRC rock-rails; Synergy tie-rod and drag link; JKS adjustable track bar; Gibson dual exhaust; front and engine/transmission skid plates; and LED lights and pods.
Driving to Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Pennsylvania has been my favorite so far. I went to the last two Women’s Wheeling Weekends events and learned so much about Jeep. I love wheeling there. I went again a few with friends from my local club and kept up! I never thought I ever would! I actually ran the black trails for the first time!
Getting through black trails with the help of some awesome spotters! Feeling very nervous, I was patiently guided through the course successfully! I navigated through A Walk in the Park and Crawler’s Ridge.
Overcoming obstacles, literally! I have always looked up to Jeepers who rock crawl. I could never imagine myself as one of those people. Now I am showing other women what they, and their Jeeps, are capable of. Seeing their smiles after they did something that they didn’t think they could is so rewarding.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of offroading?
Being patient and understanding of what your vehicle is capable of doing. If you don’t know the limits of either, it can be dangerous.
Being with other people that have the same passion. We are always willing to help guide or fix whoever might need it. It’s a family.
What does prepping for an adventure look like in your world?
I just pack extra clothes and boots, and prepare for the weather. It can change fast here. I bring water, snacks, bug spray and sunscreen. I also make sure to check my fluids and tire pressure before I head out.
Someday, somehow I would love to wheel my Jeep out West. I hear about Moab and see so many beautiful pictures and exciting terrain. To me, that is the ultimate Jeep adventure.
Tell us about who you go offroading with:
I mainly belong to 2 different Jeep clubs: CNYJeeps and Twisted Axles. There are a handful of others in the area and there is always a great mix of all of them at any of the events. Plus, people are always bringing their friends as well. I am meeting new people all the time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! We are all here for one another. If you are unsure about an obstacle someone will be around to help you through it!
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
I feel very lucky to be included in all of this!I have amazing people in my life who have shared their knowledge of wheeling with myself. It has been the outlet from all of the other things going on in my life.
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