For the last 12 years, the FJ Summit has brought together Toyota owners from across North America and beyond. Strangers come together to form an enthusiastic community intent on sharing their love of the vehicle and four-wheeling. While four-wheeling is always an important focus of the event, the FJ Summit was far more than just organized trail runs. Summiteers attended clinics and learned off-road and vehicle skills from renowned instructors. Vendors meet with participants at their booths and on the trails, and evening social activities including sponsored dinners which give people a chance to mingle and have fun.
The fund raising has allowed the FJ Summit to give over $90,000 over the last 10 years to a number of deserving organizations, including Stay The Trail, Ouray Mountain Rescue, the local fire fighters and sheriff’s department, and two named “FJ Summit” college scholarships to deserving local high school students.
The FJ Summit caters to more than just the off-road driver; it strives to be an entire vacation for the entire family. To do this, the FJ Summit is hosted in the beautiful, visitor-friendly mountain town of Ouray, Colorado. When participants are not on the trails, the FJ Summit provides a number of amenities including catered dinners, a kid’s raffle and classes and clinics to help ensure that everyone learns and grows in this sport. We add to that a substantial vendor presence to create an industry event where vendors can meet and promote their products to a willing congregation of customers. Outside of the FJ Summit, the town has hot springs, artist galleries, shopping, horseback riding, and hiking.
Sponsor communicator, staff motivator, God fearing, Austin, Texas-based, family loving, 100 Series Land Cruiser driving leader! Tasked with putting together a rock solid crew of new directors at Summit 2012, He succeeded with the great group of guys listed below. Without the help of Jonathan, Chris and James, along with retired directors Ty, Tim and Seth this event would not be possible. Special thanks go out to Matt’s wife Kathy and their kids, Penelope, Emma and Luke for all their hard work and support!
Known as Woodsman on the FJ forum, our trail boss is a self-employed custom woodworker/cabinet maker from Indiana with a background in manufacturing and continuous improvement. He saves urban logs from the wood chipper and dismantles old barns to reclaim the rustic and weathered woods. When he isn't making sawdust, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, renovating vintage Airstream trailers and driving his Sandstorm FJ Cruiser. He may live in the Midwest but his business and love of the mountains and deserts brings him west many times each year.
Witty and original forum name keeper, local business and government liaison, and lover of all things Colorado. Jonathan grew up in Western Colorado and spent his childhood exploring the state on two feet, two wheels, two skis and later, in a proper off-road vehicle. Jonathan drives his 100 series Land Cruiser mall wagon more places than most would dare and he does it all with his wonderful wife, Tiffany, and identical twin daughters in tow. Getting new people and families into off-roading while encouraging environmentally and socially responsible trail use is Jonathan’s passion and ultimately what lead the Summit to acquire his talents.
FJ Summit participant/groupie since 2008. Rising Sun 4x4 Club member, MVP Cruise Moab 2010 BFE. Toyota Trail Teams first all FJC run on the Rubicon 2008, Trail Teams official groupie for 2008, Kokopelli Trail Guide, Black Bear Ambassador. Now driving a 2001 Land Cruiser. Experiences include growing up motorcycle riding in the high desert of California, wheeling with his dad in their Grand Torino station wagon before the purchase of a Scout II. Other hobbies include Telemark skiing with family, surfing, mountain biking, running, hockey and coaching baseball/hockey.
A very special thanks go out to the families of all the directors for their support. The Summit takes months of planning and sometimes that planning goes way into the night. Without their support and understanding, the Summit not be possible.
Shane Williams and his wife Angie, founders of TCT Magazine, do an amazing job each and every year covering the FJ Summit and tirelessly working to put together our amazing event guide, thanks Shane and Angie.
Kristin Kritz, K2! You will immediately notice Kristin, she is the one with the camera stuck to her at all times. Kristin is our chief photographer, without her it would all just be a memory, Thanks K2!
Big thanks go our to all of our volunteers. From registration to trail leading, the volunteers make this event happen.
Thanks to the town and citizens of Ouray, the Ouray Chamber of Commerce and the local municipalities including the Ouray Police, EMS, and Fire department for allowing us to hold the FJ Summit in their beautiful town each and every year.
Thanks to Ouray Mountain Rescue for being there for everyone that leaves the paved road and chooses the path less traveled.
Thanks to Ryan Hein of the Twin Peaks Lodge for being our awesome host. Ryan always does a great job at putting food in our bellies and a tent over our heads, Thanks Ryan!!
Special thanks to the not so retired directors, Ty, Seth and Tim for the many years of planning and direction. From constant website help to graphic design layout...their fingerprints are all over each and every FJ Summit!
And thanks to all of you who trust us with your vacation plans.
See ya in Ouray!