For many 4x4 enthusiasts in the Midwest, the last weekend in February marks the start of offroading season. The reason for this is thanks to the KS-Rocks Annual Frostbite event, which marks the reopening of the popular rock crawling site, Kansas Rocks Recreation Park (KRRP), after its winter break. The tagline for this event, “Yeah It May Be Cold…But It Never Gets Old” truly sums up this event, which continues to grow in popularity.
This year marks the 4th year the CTS 4x4 Club, formed by employees of Croft Trailer Supply, have attended Frostbite, and each time was a blast. Of course each year had its up and downs (insert shameless off-roading puns), as recounted by a few of our members.
2016’s Frostbite event was defined by warm, dry weather, which reached nearly 80 degrees! Dust flew from the trails as park attendees tackled the terrain. One of our members took a wrong turn on the trails, and ended up in a more advanced area. Luckily, he received help navigating the rocks and tight turns. “I only hugged one tree, giving my driver’s side running board a nice little dimple,” he recalls.
The weather for Frostbite 2017 was markedly colder, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those at the park. “When it came time to actually experience the park and all the trails, I was struck by the sense of camaraderie and friendship displayed by the wheelers,” one of our members remarks from their first year at Frostbite. Croft Trailer Supply also introduced the “TowRex”, one of those inflatable dinosaur costumes, at the park to promote the company that year with hilarious results.
For Frostbite 2018, the park and its trails were a glorious mud soup, and the CTS crew slung earth with every tap of the gas pedal. Despite the chilly and damp weather, everyone there had a great time. This year, at Frostbite 2019, the CTS 4x4 Club enjoyed another day of wet, muddy trails similar to 2018. The biggest difference was the beautiful afternoon at the park, when the clouds moved out and the club got the best of both worlds, mud and sun.
Kansas Rocks is now open for the season! Visit their website to learn more about upcoming events at the park.