SLED: 2017 Polaris Axys 800 155 2.6"
The first sled was a 1988 Polaris Indy 650 but my first new sled was a 1997 Polaris 700 RMK. I was hooked on sledding the very first time I grabbed a handful of throttle on that old 650! I started Sledding in 1988 after moving from Southern California to North Lake Tahoe with my family.
This year I’ll be running a 2017 Polaris 800 Axys 155 with a 2.6. Sled will be built by Jack Struthers and his team at Carl’s Cycle Sales. The bells and whistles will include a Boondocker Sidekick turbo, re-valved shocks front and rear, Zbros stock width a-arms, Zbros front bumper, Mountain Armor rear bumper.
You don’t know this, I used to weigh about 240lbs and I could barely walk to my mailbox without getting winded. From my late teens to early 20’s I was out of shape.
A day in my life depends on the time of year. During the summer I get very few days off and I have little time to play. If I can break away during the summer, rest assured I am doing something outdoors, whether it be hiking, running, mountain biking, dirt biking, or riding the RZR. During the winter I try to spend as much time as possible snowmobiling. Spending a day with me would include trying to keep up!
In March of 2013 I honorably retired from my career as a Police Officer. I retired when an opportunity presented itself. I now own and operate the largest privately held Campground and RV park on the shores of Lake Almanor. I love working with and meeting new people. The campground is a great environment to do this, with many great people, from around the world.
I do not remember what year I started riding with the Boondockers Crew. I started when my good buddy Kris Kaltenbacher (AKA: Smasher) invited me on a trip to ride with everyone. Soon after this first trip it became a regular thing. Kris and I have spent, what would now be hundreds of hours and thousands of miles, traveling to some of the best places I have ever visited to ride with the group.
Picking a favorite riding area is next to impossible. Every area offers something a little different. All are great. Can’t say I have ever been on a ride where I said to myself, This area blows…… If I were forced to pick an area I would have to pick the Truckee area in Northern California. I only pick this area because it is where I had the fortunate opportunity to fall in love with the best sport ever and I know this area like the back of my hand.
I’m currently driving a 2014 Dodge Mega Cab. No real mods, just a few basic additions such as airbags, lighting, leveling kit, and Marathon Truck Boss sled deck.
Too many memorable experiences to list. I can tell you that with Smasher around, there’s no shortage of highly memorable experiences! The worst experience…another hard question to answer. I have experienced and been exposed to a few bad and dangerous situations, not necessary with people I was riding with that particular day. It is by the grace of God that everything has worked out. These experiences have made me a better person and a better rider. Decision making is one of the most important skills for any rider.
Off the snow, my wonderful wife and kiddos are my crowning achievement. On the snow, Making it back to the truck after every ride is my next best accomplishment! Biggest goals for the coming season, continuing to push myself to become a better rider and continuing to explore new areas. The most miles in one season, 3000. The most miles ever put on one of my sleds, 6500!