Big Dogs Ice Breakers was a blast!  This was our first official off-road event as a nonprofit organization and staying true to our mission, we were able to bring out Marine Lance Corporal John Patterson. Volunteers and members of 4 Wheel to Heal and Country Boy Crawlers accepted him into the club family.  One of the guys even let him do some rock crawling in his Jeep!  John is a Purple Heart recipient and wounded veteran who spent the last few months at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Wounded Veteran John Patterson sports a red Tread Lightly 4W2H T-shirt>Wounded Veteran John Patterson drive a Jeep Wrangler over a large rock
This Ice Breakers event is the first Big Dogs event of the year, and is aptly named.  It was cold!  About 140 rigs showed up which is the usual for this type of event.  There were a few hiccups on the trails, but everyone made it to camp safely both evenings.
A line of Jeeps makes it's way through a dirt trail in the woodsJeeps on a dirt trail in the woods
Off the trails, we headed to the Big Dogs shooting range where we got to practice our marksmanship with an array of weapons.  Most of us are military so safety is very important.
John Purser shoots a revolver at the Big Dogs Rifle Range
We want to thank co-founders Nathan Ramos and John Purser for all their hard work getting everything set up and our volunteers Kelly Collins, Clifford Truman and David Pendergraph for their time and effort this weekend.  They helped make sure John Patterson got on the trails and helped roll out our new line of merchandise at the 4W2H booth!  We had a new Superman “remix”, new color Ladies T’s, and a new “official emblem” sticker!  If you were there, Ice Breakers received first pick on the new merchandise.  Don’t worry, if you weren’t there it’s all now available on our website.  In less than two days, 4W2H was able to raise more than $1,100!

As always, we want to thank John Hunt and Big Dogs Offroad for allowing 4W2H to do what it does.  If you don’t know about them, check out!

We learned a lot from this event and have some ideas that will make Big Dogs Spring Fling even better!  You can help us bring these veterans out by making a donation.  100 percent of donations go directly to bringing wounded veterans on the trails!

4W2H's tent set up next to the Big Dogs registration tentCove Campground Signs pointing left and right to different camp areas