AEV-TAP Women’s In-Field 4WD Training







Dear Jeepers,
AEV and The Adventure Portal would like to invite you to their Women’s-Only In-Field 4WD Training Seminar. This seminar will be held at the spectacular Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence, Oregon. The seminar will be geared toward novice and intermediate-level 4WD enthusiasts and will provide a comprehensive, hands-on look at trip preparation, off-road driving, vehicle recovery, environmental awareness and fundamental survival/emergency considerations.
General Information:
Location: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a vast off-road park set among towering dunes and lush evergreen forests. Adding to its appeal is the fact that the park is skirted on the west by the roaring Pacific Ocean. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a truly unique place to both explore and learn the finer points of off-road driving.
Date / Location: The seminar will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 in Florence, Oregon. Students should plan to arrive in Florence the day before the seminar and depart the day after.
Cost: The seminar is sponsored by AEV and The Adventure Portal, so outside of student travel expenses, there is no cost for students to attend the seminar.
Degree of Difficulty: Safety is a prime consideration during the seminar, but students should be aware that driving on the dunes is inherently dangerous. Students will be travelling on soft surfaces and the terrain includes long, steep inclines and side-hills. Because of this, there is a risk of roll-over, but this can be mitigated with careful concentration and by following instructions.
Duration: The seminar will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will likely conclude around 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The entire seminar will take place on the dunes and if we time it right, we’ll finish with a sunset on the beach!
• Weather: The weather in Florence can be unpredictable in March. It can be clear and sunny one day and pouring freezing rain the next. The key is to come prepared for both and think of the weather as part of the challenge – just as it can be on any 4WD adventure.
Vehicle Requirements: 1) ’07+ Jeep Wrangler (Must be street-legal and mechanically sound); 2) 33-inch or taller tires; 3) Chassis-mounted winching/recovery hooks/loops; 4) Functional spare tire; 5) 2.5” or taller suspension lift; 6) No leaks or drips from the Jeep; 7) Proof of vehicle registration and insurance; 8) Current Oregon OHV Sticker; 9) Vehicle-mounted Sand Flag rising to 9-feet above the ground.
The Instructor: The seminar will be taught by AEV’s Chris Wood. Chris has a long and diverse background in 4WD including being an enthusiast for more than 30 years, an industry professional for 20 years and a Certified Master Trainer for 10 years. Through it all he has had the unique opportunity to explore the globe by 4WD, acquiring experience from places as varied as the Canadian Arctic, the Chilean Atacama Desert and even the many extreme rock trails of California. His In-Field 4WD Training Seminar is infused with the skills and insights he has gained from these and many other places.
Personal Considerations: 1) No pets or minors are allowed; 2) No firearms, drugs or alcohol are allowed; 3) All seminar exercises are optional. No pressure will be applied to participate in any exercise; 4) There will only be flush toilets available at the beginning and end of the day. If you need to use the ‘restroom’ out on the dunes, solid human waste must be packed out, but liquids can be left behind. There are many wooded places on the dunes that offer privacy. 5) Cold-weather/rain clothing will be a must. 6) Lunch will be taken on the dunes and snacking/hydration will be encouraged throughout the day.
Registration: Spaces in the AEV-TAP Women’s-Only In-Field 4WD Seminar will be available to the first 10 eligible guests who reply.

To get your name on the roster, please contact Lori Palmer at:

• Seminar Questions: If you have any questions that you would like to ask of Chris, you can reach him at:

We look forward to hearing from you!
AEV and The Adventure Portal