From the forests of West Virginia to the deserts of California, wherever steep ravines
and axle-busting boulders abound, rock crawlers are there. The 4 x 4 equivalent of a
mountain goat, these amazing machines can assault brutally uneven terrain without
a single wheel leaving the ground. But drivers need more than a rig with long-travel
shocks and oversized tires to make it in this sport. It takes cat-like balance and
nerves of steel, too. Any driver lacking these qualities will find himself hanging upside
from his seat harness, waiting to get flipped upright . . . a lot.