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Adventures in Model 3


@bpr1de on Instagram
Mar 3, 2021
Pacific Northwest
Preaching to the choir here, I know, but just wanted to share that I’m yet again stoked at how this car works for adventuring into remote areas for mountain biking, ski/splitboard touring, hiking, …

My latest adventure was a 372+ mi RT same-day drive into the North Cascades National Park for spring turns (average 267 Wh/mi, 100 kW total). Two charger stops (40 minutes @Burlington & 10 @Arlington, resp) to get it done easily. I did this trip last October and needed some emergency L2 charging in Newhalem since I didn't route-plan well. Longer trip report for both on the EV Adventuring FB group and some pics on my insta.

The exceptionally well-built out Supercharger network in Washington state (West Coast in general) makes no remote destination out of reach by Tesla. Being able to visit and enjoy these locations without spoiling them with exhaust fumes and noise (and oil leaks) ftw.

Couple bits of advice: although I’ve yet to have a mishap, things that I recommend for going off the beaten path:
  1. Spare tire (I use Modern Spare)
  2. 12V pump and plug kit
  3. Turn off cabin overheat protection, sentry, etc for long stays at remote trailheads
  4. Use full regen in the mountains (or always) :)
  5. Carry your key card in your wallet
  6. Have a great playlist on your Bluetooth phone for long drives with no cellular
  7. Carry a satellite messaging device for emergencies
  8. I’ve got every plug adapter that Tesla sells + some of the third party campsite ones
  9. PlugShare all the way!


I’m going to post some other pics here, and welcome any others to post your pics of mountain/desert/wilderness adventures by Model 3 as well.
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Love the scenic pics! When I road tripped from Oklahoma to Chicago IL. I took advice from the forum and took a plug kit and compressor with me as well luckily did not have to use it. Plotted the trip to charge at SC along the way, obviously was not as remote as you.
Ape Canyon TH to ride Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham. 458mi RT, average 278 Wh/mi, with a mountain bike on the back. Two charges at the 250kW Kelso Supercharger (once each out and back). ‘19 LR AWD 3.

BTW, do not trust Tesla’s navigation system within Mount Saint Helens environs; it will try to route you up abandoned, gated, forest roads. And there is no cell service anywhere for many miles. Take a physical map with you.

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Since Im in a simialr region and have similar intrests, what tires do you run?
Hakkapeliitta R3 in winter, OEM Michelin Primacy MXM4 in the summer, but I’ll be replacing those with a non-acoustic tire when they’re done. We also have a Kia Soul EV with Michelin Crossclimate 2s and I really like that tire; might go with those on the 3 year round.

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