How to Start Off-roading!

So, you've just got your vehicle modified, or perhaps you're eager to hit the trails with your stock ride, but you're unsure where to begin your off-roading journey with your Subaru or crossover. Well, look no further as today, we explore the steps of getting out there!

For your first time out, the best approach is to begin with a short day trip on an easy trail, preferably with experienced off-roaders who can provide guidance and support as you gain confidence. And while planning your first off-road adventure can feel daunting, connecting with like-minded enthusiasts in your area can provide invaluable support and guidance. Online forums such as Reddit or Facebook groups dedicated to off-roading are excellent places to find such communities. For instance, we've established a group chat on Instagram for our Alberta community, where members not only share their experiences and mods but also coordinate group outings. If you're interested in joining, simply reach out to us, and we'll gladly add you to the conversation. Once you've found your crew, the next step is selecting the right trail. For selecting a trail, seek advice from experienced off-roaders who can recommend beginner-friendly routes suitable for Subaru or crossover vehicles. Also familiarizing yourself with maps, like the Alberta PLUZ maps, can also help identify trails that minimize environmental impact, ensuring a responsible and sustainable off-road experience.

Subaru Oubacks, Wilderness, Crosstreks and more airing down tires to go offroad
Community meetups are a great way to meet others with the same interest's and learn from them!

Once you've found your crew and chosen a trail, it's time to prepare the essentials.  Ensure you have an ample supply of food and water to sustain you throughout the day and work with your group's lunch plans, along with appropriate clothing to stay comfortable and warm in changing weather conditions. Also make sure you have enough for the day and in case of emergency, the next day as well. While it's common for people getting in off-roading to lack full recovery gear, such as ropes, soft shackles, traction boards, and shovels, it's crucial to communicate with your team and ensure everyone has the necessary equipment for safety and peace of mind. Additionally, consider bringing a radio for communication purposes, although borrowing one or relying on the group's communication devices can suffice, especially for beginners.

Subaru Wilderness Outback and Crosstrek in the rocky mountains with people sitting beside them eating lunchc
Lunch time is a good time to relax and enjoy the views!

With the planning all done it is, finally, it's time to embark on your adventure! Meet up with your crew, hit the trail and head into the wilderness for a day of exploration and fun! Remember communication is your best tool, ask questions, and seek assistance when needed. And most importantly, if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to speak up – there's no pressure to push beyond your comfort zone.

And with your first adventure complete, you'll likely be eager for more. Whether you're itching to tackle tougher trails or upgrade your vehicle for long adventures, our experienced team is here to help. Reach out to us for expert advice and assistance on modifying your adventure-ready Subaru or crossover.

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