Throughout the course of the year, we've had Jessi and Patrick check off some big items on our list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die – things like lap the Nürbugring, drive over 200 miles per hour and race in the Baja 1000. But one item has been conspicuously absent: conquering the Rubicon Trail.

The ultimate test for off-roaders, the Rubicon Trail is a storied path over terrain that's practically inaccessible by 99.99 percent of production vehicles. Jeep, however, prides itself on selling products designed to traverse this granddaddy of off-road trails, and there are none so capable in its showroom as the Wrangler.

Jeep was kind enough to lend us a shiny, new Wrangler for this challenge, knowing full well it would not be returned unmolested, and to aid our intrepid hosts in their quest, we paired them with organizers of the famed Jeepers Jamboree, who were headed deep into Rubcon Springs for their annual bash. Unfortunately, the weekend turned somber with a reminder of just how dangerous off-roading can be, which in turn made Jessi and Patrick's exit from this adventure more dramatic than they had planned.

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      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      These videos are good at what they are designed to do, inform us of other driving identities than just those of driving Aurora Avenue in Seattle, or I-5 through Seattle. Jesse and what's his name get it done, that's what they're paid ta do, right? Do we have to criticize everything in America?
      rkeeeballs
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...Jeep !...the best !....yup.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most entertaining video production here on Autoblog by a longshot.
      dmg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmm. I'd like to conquer him.
      usa1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great video. Keep it up.
      AutoMonthly
      • 2 Years Ago
      i think i already saw that girl in mythbusters.
        The Angry Intern
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AutoMonthly
        It's funny, when she first appeared on Mythbusters covering for Kari after she had her baby, I didn't like Jessi at all, but she grew on me. I've been enjoying this feature of Autoblog, they've done a lot of things that I would like to do someday, especially the day at the 'Ring.
      Anum Waqar
      • 2 Years Ago
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      William Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      cool video)
      ccrinc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I totally agree with the majority of Air's comments. And, BTW, who cares if they're hipsters or not? It's not about that, people! It's about doing unbelievably cool car things. Yeah, I'd be soo excited to go to Alpina, the "Ring is a dream of mine too, and I don't have the guts to do the Rubicon (nor the vehicle). You should research online videos of modified Subarus doing it! Amazing!! I did have the fun of driving the Autobahn and the Autostrada (Italy) some years back and it was a blast! But, I digress. The videos are too short to really show the meat of what they're doing. (YouTube, maybe?) And you people who "blah blah blah" them obviously have zero idea of what it takes to do what they're doing.
      the.ting
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jessi Combs is all kinds of awesome.
      Air
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, You put so much effort into these videos and, on average, there are 10 comments per video. Why? You'll post an article saying, "Corvette Spyshots!" and immediately half the world decides "Not on my watch - Government Motors!" "Say what? Obama saved a million jobs!" But here, as in the Germany videos, one can only assume effort was involved. Indeed, when you went to Germany, one can only assume an airplane was involved. And people with cameras. And cars. And what are the comments? Consistently: "Hey look: hipsters!" I'm not sure what you'd have to do, short of delivering a child in a vehicle, to get any respect. And even then the comments would be, "Man, umbilical cords are so hipster"/"Where's the video about what happened in the car 9 months prior?!" So from my end: Thank you for the fun videos and for the tremendous amount of effort. It would be cool to see the outtakes/funny bits because, well you know, these videos are pretty hipster. What? I kid, I kid. Plagiarize top gear word for word. Both the US and the UK version is half incredible editing (expensive), half hosts making fun of one another (free). I'm not saying it'd be funny if the hosts called one another hipsters in the next video in reaction to the comments but I'm not not saying that either. "Hey I'm Jessi." "And I'm Patrick." "Hipster." (nod) "Hipster." (nod) "And we're here to see..." But I get it, they aren't hipsters. They're just playing it soooo straight. You know what it is? It seems like they're so experienced/they start filming so many days into being at the location that the shock factor has worn off. Where did they go to get the 7-series in Germany? Alpina? If any of us went to alpina we would poop ourselves. But they just calmly walked up and said, "yahoo, we're gettin the keys to a brand new alpina 7-series." No. That just doesn't happen. Fall over. Jump. Kiss. Calmly drive to the nearest strict German pharmacy and buy more deodorant. That's not an average experience. Even what's-his-name racer on the US top gear and Clarkson on the UK version fake excitement. Or shock. Or something. We are you in that moment. React like we would. And rubicon? "Well, here we are, ready to tackle THE most challenging off road course in the world." But if you didn't tell me that, playing it with the sound off, I'd have thought it was just a day off roading somewhere." Even when Jessi took the wheel she was like "Aiiight, lemmie show you how it's done, pal!" Contrast that to how US top gear faked drama when they took mini vans or rental cars somewhere desolate. Anywho, none of my business. And still awesome to watch. And... OU! You know how you could get comments? Have one of the hosts wear a shirt that says, "I'm a Democrat" and the other "I'm a Republican" and just have them discuss taxes the whole time. So thank you very much. And to all those who watch and don't comment: pretend it's about the 2016 election. Best wishes, Air
      chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      A driverless car could handle it without any problems!
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