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post #1 of 10 Old 07-22-2009, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Almost off-road, but not off the road.

A couple of weeks ago I was going up to paddle at Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve, goodness knows what got into me but I decided to find a new way into the park. These park roads were like none I have ever seen.
Maintenance at the best was fallen trees had been cut through, wide enough to pass, shoulder erosion, dangerous rocks, and other obstacles marked thoughtfully with red ribbons hanging from branches over the dangers.
For two hours I crawled in second-gear, first-gear, first-gear, second-gear, up, down, and around. Never needed to use 4X4, but did climb some hairy passes.
For two hours, on a road, not wider then the Compass, had I ever met another, oncoming, there would have been absolutely know place to allow passing. Also, once committed, I was over and hour into the adventure before I came to a place that would have let a turn around, at which point, I really though I was nearly over the experience. The only others I saw during the whole two hours were two ATV's each with a parent and a little kid bombing the road like banshees.
Anyway, the Compass handled all with dexterity. I did not buy the Compass for off-road, but it is satisfying to know that it can handle all I ask of it, It proved it’s Jeep heritage enough in my mind...

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-22-2009, 01:21 PM
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Keep in mind too that the the Compass is the only Jeep not Trail Rated........just imagine !!!!
No wonder the purist freak when seeing a Compass.............

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Keep in mind too that the the Compass is the only Jeep not Trail Rated........just imagine !!!!
No wonder the purist freak when seeing a Compass.............

Tu allais ou au Parc Papineau Labelle au juste?
When I bought the Compass, I had no intention of offroading .. . but it is great to know where this car can go.

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Wow i didnt know that compass was the only jeep not trail rated interesting!
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If I am not mistaken, Trail-Rated was an option for the Patriot but not us.
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If I am not mistaken, Trail-Rated was an option for the Patriot but not us.
I am sure that's correct. It's good to know that the Compass get's along pretty good off road. I haven't really tested mine much yet, but it's time will come.


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If you do decide to do a little off roading I would really like to see some pictures. My Wrangler sits in my carport as I find excuses to drive the Compass.
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Next week, i'm going to the wildlife reserve...what's the best way to enter it to... complete indication sarting from the junction of 15 and 50 would help a lot...i2canoe told me to go trough route 6, but i just can't find it on a map ...thx for helping me out guys, u might get me a girlfriend LOL...i'm bringing DAT special girl...so all the info u got would be amazing...thx guys
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Route 6 is a park road, will only be on park maps, it crosses road 7 which goes up towards La Minerve. It was marked use at your own risk, unmaintained, as road 6 was rough enough I did not try #7.
I found #6 by venturing north off HW323 in the area of Amherst. HW323 runs from St.Jovite at HW117 south to Montebello.

Good luck, hope to see some pics.
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Wow i didnt know that compass was the only jeep not trail rated interesting!
The Patriot isn't Trail Rated Standard either, but you can buy the Trail Rated option. However most Patriots aren't Trail Rated.

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