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Article by Hunter Wick

Gate markers are a commonly used item in competition rock crawling, but few just-for-fun crawler guys even know about them or what they are used for. In competition crawling events, they are used to mark where checkpoints are, also called gates. Drivers must maneuver their rc rigs through the gates without touching them. By following these gates, a course is created. While crawling around the house can be fun, making a course can add a whole other aspect to the fun, and knowing how to make your own gates is key if you plan to do this.

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There are two well known ways to go about making your own gates. Of course there are ones you can simply buy, but this is unnecessary because by making your own, you can save some cash that can be put towards your next project. The first and likely most popular method of making gates, is by using a tennis ball. Take the tennis ball and cut it in half, straight down the middle. This will leave you with two brightly colored halves that will sit perfectly on the rocks. Because this makes two halves, all that is necessary is one ball per gate. This method is likely the easiest and most convenient, but there is another way if this isn't the path you want to go down.

The second way to make a gate is by using some poster board and making gate markers that look similar to scaled down road signs. Obviously, there are multiple ways to do this, but I like to get a piece of paper around six inches long. Then, take the paper and color it with a vibrant yellow or orange, alternated with white in-between. Lastly, take the paper and fold it in half. This will give you a scaled down road sign that not only looks cool, but also lets you know where to go next with your rig.

Hopefully this article has helped give you a new dimension of fun with your trail truck or crawler. Obviously, there are plenty of other ways to make trail markers, but these are just a couple that seem to be most common and most of the time completely free. Now it's time to go out and crawl on your new trail!

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