Rock stars

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A competitor at last year's World Extreme Rock Crawling Grand Nationals attempts to navigate an incline in Chokecherry Canyon, near Farmington. (Courtesy of The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Even before Rick Jenkins was born, he was riding shotgun in vehicles climbing impossibly steep inclines.

“My entire life,” Jenkins, 37, said of his experience in riding up unnatural hills. “I was in the womb, and my parents were four-wheeling in a 1977 International Scout II.”

So it only seems natural that Jenkins, of Farmington, is one of the competitors in the annual W.E. Rock Grand National Championship, Sept. 8-9, which will rumble and rock in Chokecherry Canyon on Bureau of Land Management land outside Farmington.

It is the culmination of a five-day celebration, Four Corners 4X4 Week, with events also geared to the novice and the aficionados who don’t have the wherewithal to fashion their rides into vertical-climbing machines.

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Rock crawler Rick Jenkins of Farmington in his custom modified Jeep negotiates an obstacle.

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