12 vehicles, 12 trails, 24hours ⛰⏱☠️
24 Hour Hell and Back Trail Challenge is the ultimate test of endurance for both man and machine. Watch Parts 1 & 2 now below.
An “off-road Ironman” – consisting of hardcore 4wheeling, team work, camaraderie and adventure.
Participants were chosen from Florida, New York, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, and from other states across the nation to meet at Hollerwood Off-Road Park located in Stanton, Kentucky also known as Slade.
Every driver received a Flex, Rocks & Rollovers / 24 Hell and Back branded Rockwelll Watch with a timer that was pre-set to 24 hours that could not be stopped until the event was finished.
No man’s land overlook
Little widow maker
The first half of the day was set up to ward off anyone who was prepared to make it through the second half of the event. Cable Hill and Hairpin took out two participants with broken axle shafts and bent tie rods.
The second half of the day pitted participants against themselves with double diamond obstacles, long and scenic rides through the valleys forcing them to stay awake until the next obstacle started. River crossing and nighttime exploration in a rock cave on the side of a mountain.
When nightfall finally set in, participants entered the hardest part of the challenge fighting off fatigue from the earlier part of the day.
By initial sunrise the next morning, you could feel that participants had initially underestimated the challenge. Passengers who were not driving were found sleeping in passenger sections of some vehicles. Others decided to quit the challenge or resting back at the trailhead.
Capping the event off with a frantic ride to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise and relax for a moment before we ended the 24 hours with climbing “lower staircase” – a very technical obstacle – especially after 23 hours of wheeling!
7 Vehicles. 22 Trails. 24 Hours.
Last week a small group of friends took up the challenge of wheeling 24 hours straight in Windrock Park.
For each participant the goal was simple: push themselves and their rigs harder and farther than the typical day of wheeling.
The concept for this trail ride was developed by a mainstay in the off-road community and Flex, Rocks and Rollovers founder, Marvin Stammel.
“The idea of a 24-hour, hardcore wheeling event has been in my head for a while now. I’m on a mission to create extremely challenging, multi-discipline, 4Å~4 challenges specifically designed to push the driver and the co-driver to their absolute limits and beyond.
Literally to Hell and Back! Eventually, I’d like to see something like this adapted to include Jeeps, Trucks, Buggies and possibly UTVs.
The decision to give it a go was only born only 6 days prior to the start of the challenge.
Given the short lead time, making something like this happen under such short notice meant involving a small group of local friends.
The purpose of this very first Hell and Back trail ride was nothing but a test and a benchmark.
Ultimately this trail ride will serve as a foundation for Flex, Rocks and Rollovers, and event sponsors and partners, to create something really awesome and challenging for the off-road community. A true challenge for man/woman and machine on some of the hardest trails the east coast has to offer!”