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The Carolina Trail Blazers began as a family-oriented 4wd outing club in 1971 and incorporated in 1973. The club has a reputation for welcoming everyone, young and old, single and married, novice and experienced! CTB is a chartered non-profit organization. All monies raised are used for charities, club expenses and for projects in National Forest areas. Club meetings are held monthly during our scheduled monthly club trail ride. The Executive Committee meets quarterly and all planning items and proposals generated in those meetings are voted on by the membership during club meetings. Members are encouraged to support the club with their attendance and service.
Membership & Conduct
The requirements for membership are that a prospective member be at least 18 years old and own a 4wd vehicle. Reckless driving that may endanger the life and property of others will not be tolerated! The club has a zero-tolerance policy regarding possession and use of illegal drugs! Anyone found in possession or usage of any type of illegal drugs during a club event or function will be promptly banned from the club! This is a zero-tolerance policy! NO second chances! CTB policy regarding alcohol use is that drinking while driving or operating a vehicle or driving or operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a violation of club rules. Alcohol consumption while on the trails is not permitted. This policy applies to passengers as well as drivers! Violators of the alcohol policy will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Committee. Moderate alcohol consumption, in keeping with a family atmosphere, is permitted in camp after trail rides; however, drunkenness and obnoxious behavior will not be tolerated!
All members are asked to fill out a new membership application each year. This form can be mailed USPS to the address on the form or sent by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org . This ensures not only that the club has your current contact and emergency information but that we have a signed form from each member, each year, that acknowledges the liability disclaimer at the bottom of the membership form.
Club dues for fiscal year 2017 are as follows:
Membership with emailed newsletter $50
Membership with snail mailed newsletter $65
Note: A small fee is added to cover PayPal processing
The club dues include membership in the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and the United Four Wheel Drive Association.
Note: If you are a NEW MEMBER paying by PayPal you should mail or email your membership application to the PayPal address also (email@example.com).
Club trail rides are usually the second Saturday of each month. Occasionally this schedule is modified for holidays. In most cases the club meets at the designated meeting point at 9 a.m. A brief club meeting usually follows and we began our trail ride immediately following the meeting. Please allow yourself enough time in your schedule to eat, fuel up, socialize, air down, etc before 9 a.m. All schedules, directions to the meeting point, difficulty ratings and other vital information can be found in the club newsletter. Members are encouraged to invite guests for club outings, keeping in mind that they are responsible for the behaviour and actions of their guests. Guests are encouraged to apply for club membership, keeping in mind that repeated, continual attendance at club rides requires that you be a member of the club. If members friends want to ride with us on a regular basis please encourage them to join the club! The scheduled trail rides usually include a mixture of difficulty options depending on the modifications to your vehicle. Often rides are split into different groups to accomodate vehicle differences. NO ONE is left behind on our club rides! If you start out with us, you end up with us!
Equipment & Safety
Member vehicles range from completely stock to heavily modified. Winches, lift to clear 33"-37" tires and proper gearing to match have become the norm. However, do not let that deter you if your vehicle is more of a stock rig, we all start at different levels in the sport! While we don't inspect vehicles before rides we do have some recommendations.
The vehicle MUST be highway legal and registered when driving on regulated roads, streets and highways. This is absolutely REQUIRED on FEDERAL managed lands.
Do your maintenance BEFORE you come to the ride! However, we realize that things happen and that breakage occurs. If something does happen to your rig, rest assured, CTB has never left a member or guest stranded! If your vehicle is questionable or is having issues the morning of the ride, someone in the group will usually have an open seat for you to ride along with them.
Carry hand tools, a flashlight, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher .
Carry a spare tire or a means of re-inflating your tires should you experience a flat.
We suggest a working CB radio to aid in communication. CTB uses channel 5 for club communications.
Front and rear tow hooks or some type of acceptable towing devices are recommended.
Winches should be in good repair and equipped with RATED accessories, such as tree saver straps, shackles or D-rings, snatch block and quality lether gloves.
While on the trail and driving to and from the trail head, always keep the vehicle behind you in sight! Especially at any intersection of trails or roads! Safety dictates that we keep our group together.
DO NOT LITTER! Keep in mind that we are one of the most scrutinized outdoor groups. Our actions may very well determine where we may or may not be able to ride in the future. Some of the places we ride are private property. It is imperative that we respect the land owners by showing respect for their property and by leaving it as clean, or cleaner, than it was on our arrival. Cigarette butts, etc, are considered litter!