Keri Porter – 2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge Featured Entry
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Keri Porter – 2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge Featured Entry

Author: Keri Porter

Keri.Porter-LOC2017Keri Porter
Temperance, MI

"Keri has been off-roading for over ten years and supports her husband who is the President of Toledo Ohio's largest off-road club. She and her best friend have competed in the Bundy Hill Pit Trash Shoot Out three times and took 2nd each year. Keri loves to be outside, 'Dust to Glory' is her favorite movie, she is the off road contributor for Throttle Gals Magazine and has been playing roller derby for 6 years - her derby name? Jeeper Creeper!"
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Tell us about yourself, hobbies, etc:

“I’ve been off-roading for over ten years. My husband is the President of Toledo, Ohio’s largest Off-road Club. I have played roller derby since 2011. My derby name is Jeeper Creeper (#44)! I just love being outside!”


How long have you been offroading?

“I have been off-roading for just over 10 years.”


How did you get into offroading?

“I was first introduced to off-roading by my friend, Jess. She is now my best friend!”


Tell us about your vehicle:

“ I have a 2011 JK with 2.5-inch lift on 35s. I have a set of tires and rims for daily driving, and a set for off-roading. It also has an aftermarket bumper and winch, D44 front and rear (axles), both locked with e-lockers. I did have to install a trackbar and lowering bracket, and a doglink flip. I have a rubi crawler transmission waiting to be installed.”


Keri.Porter-LOC2017What has been your favorite off-road experience?

“My favorite off-road experience was in Wellsville, OH. I’ve never wheeled out West, but Wellsville has everying; trails, rocks, water, mud, hills, etc.. It’s all there!”


What was your most exciting off-road achievement?

“The three years that Jess and I entered Bundy Hill Pit Trash Shoot oUt. It’s always great to compete and have some bragging rights with the boys!”

What excites you about off-roading?

“I love trying new things. I love testing the capabilities of my Jeep, and also encouraging others to push themselves as well. Newbies are so much fun to wheel with!”


Keri.Porter-LOC2017What do you think is the most challenging aspect of off-roading?

“Sometimes, as a girl, men won’t listen to my suggestions, or let me spot them. I have been completely ignored on the trail before and talked over by a man.”


Which aspect of off-roading do you think is the most fun?

“I love rock crawling! I love how technical it can be. I enjoy listening to my vehicle, seeing how it responds to m driving, and act accordingly.”


What does prepping for an adventure look like in your world?

“Late nights in the garage! Quite often our house is the place for everyone to get their rigs fixed up before a trip. I am a light packer, so that part is easy. But, we always give our vehicle a once-over before we head out, and we always pack more tools than gear.”

What is on your off-roading bucket list?

“Anything out West: Moab; Baja 1000; Rebelle Rally; Overlanding...anything.”


Tell us about your typical off-roading companions:

“We always off-road with members from our club, Glass City Crawlers. We have over 150 families in the group, and my husband and I plan most of the over road/weekend trips.”


What is a piece of advice you have been given that you instill in your offroading adventures?

“Never go alone. Always take another vehicle with you. If you can’t see what is ahead of you from the driver’s seat, it is ok to get out and look around to find your line.”


Do you have anything else you would like to add?

“We’ve had many Jeeps over the past 10 years. When we first started off-roading, we didn’t know much. But we, my husband and myself, wheel together, wrench together, and learn together. It is always encouraging to grow!”


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Author: Keri Porter