I'm a noob, and I've only been there twice. Sorry, but I felt I should write a review anyway. I've gone paint-balling only twice, both times to this field, and both times I made a group of new friends. They are helpful, kind, and sell paint/air/co2 at prices that must be wholesale. The organizer's name is John, he's a really great guy, with a lot of really great markers. The rental equipment is plentiful, and of good quality. They rent mostly 98Cs, and vforce Armour masks. The staging area is a medium-wide dirt road, and occasionally you get dirt-bikers, or people on quads that go through, but they wave, and smile. The personal motorists have a big course at the end of the road. I've never been there, but it's where they all go.
Once in a while, someone goes racing past, and ends up splashing water a few feet from us, they probably think they're going to get lit-up, but we'd never do that.
Sadly, there isn't a lot of turn-around room, there are no tables, and no porta-potties, but there is a lot of heavily wooded area on the other side of the road where you're safe to do your business, and someone ALWAYS has toilet paper. John's car is a makeshift table, it's a little scratched, so he doesn't mind at all. Other people have pickups, and leave the gate open for people to sit on, or use to strip their guns. Squeegees get passed around quite a bit, everyone shares.
John enforces safety, and rules, but not to an extreme. Taking off your mask is not allowed, and I doubt autos are, either. But you guys with .40, and .43 caliber paint could play here if you told them so when you arrived. We play every sunday, rain or shine. In the summer, they have occasional air-soft meets. It's all un-proffessional. This doesn't mean that it's bad, or of low quality, it means that the people there are friends. Nobody is a client, or a customer. No employees tell you that they can't do this, or that, because it's not a business. Just show up and play.
--DIRECTIONS (Sorry, if they're a little hard to follow.)
-Go out of campbellton, past the archery range, and past a wooden sign.
-The big wood sign should be on your right as you pass. I'm not really sure what's written on it, but it's a rich, dark brown.
-Continue on the paved road, until you reach a large sandpit.
-The sandpit should have a sign with a large red, cartoon warthog head on it.
-Just after it, you'll see a dirt road, on the same side of you as the warthog, the right. Be careful not to miss it, the road is almost attached to the end of the sandpit.
-Go down the road a long way, don't turn off, just go straight. (The road is very rough, chock with holes, and puddles five feet in diameter, even small cars can make it, but they will take a few minutes.)
-You'll come to a group of cars, one grey, with J+J paintball written on the side. There may, or may not be people standing there, but there's usually a few 5 foot compressed tanks behind the car.
Meets start at 10 AM, every sunday. They usually end at 2-4 PM. No entry fee, Bring Your Own Paint.
The main field is a mix between speed-ball, and woods-ball. One side is more heavily wooded than the other, but both sides provide ample cover, and good angles for both defense, and offense. Two bases are built, one is a little lower than the other, and it has a raised, walled platform for sniping. The higher base has a pillbox, and a raised platform.
Off behind the course, is a 10x10 foot 3-wall bunker on the top of a 45 degree hill. It looks like it's really poor quality as you approach it, but once you get inside, you can see that it's quite sturdy, and gives off an incredible vibe. Just a little way down from that, is a small pillbox, just big enough for one person to hide in. It's hard to defend from there, but I can imagine it's a real hoot. Plenty of sniping spots, and very dynamic bunkers make for a fun, challenging game.
SIDE NOTE: This might be a Vancouver island forest, but it's a new-growth patch of trees. This means that at one time, it was logged, or burned down, or otherwise cleared. So the trees don't usually exceed a few feet in diameter. There are a lot of VERY large stumps, though.
J&J Paintball is perfect for rec games, we're talking the perfect mix of dense bush, open areas, trees, stumps and bunkers
and the guys who run it are just a great bunch of guys.
although some minor changes could only make this better:
¬widen the road
¬bigger turn around point
¬in the staging area make a small over hang, with tables, so everything will be dry
¬rebuild/replace some of the bunkers
¬expand their playing fields, currently the main field is out of town and somewhat remote, if they could get somemore acreage near or in town it would be great (i'd try to get a job to help run it ; ) )
These guys are a great choice to go to, you won't be disappointed
ah well we had a speed ball feild but some one un mentioned is now leaveing screwing all of us speedballers over u dont know who u can trust these days
well i like this feild it is nice but i wish there was no bunkers i perfer just to play in a bush nothing is made to permanent because we are not aloud to but it is still very fun. the people that use the feild are some extremely great guys and the paint is very cheap as well. the roads to get to the feild are a bit rough but it is fun to hall ass through all the puddles the turn arround area should be bigger so it can be done easy but that still needs some work and should be done eventually all in all this feild is great but it could use some tables and 3 really well made bunkers one on hamburger hill and one on each side of the other feild this would make the feild amazing but cant be done sadly enough the feild is ok but the guys you play with make it even better other then that red head kid who fills his own 3 oz co2 tanks at his house that is 15 years old no not the kid the tank is and then it explodes in his pocket so so bright
and if u dont know who wrote this review look at my name and u will know smart guys
Last edited on Monday, October 20th, 2003 at 4:09 pm PST
This is the last of 3 fields built 12 years ago the other 2 have been logged over. The field itself is great to play on lots of cover and stick piles. The ground is fairly clear for running. The only problems some people may have with this field are the dirt road you need to take to get there and the lack of a porta Portie for the ladies.
In my opinion this field is quite good. There are plenty of bunkers(most are stumps and fallen trees. But there are also many that were made by players.)The fort at the top of the hill is good but the one on the lower field does need a Lil bit of work. The field is kept in good condition considering it's in the bush. I recommend that people that enjoy playing woods ball to come and try this field. All in all it's a fun and enjoyable field!
Last edited on Wednesday, April 9th, 2003 at 4:30 pm PST
I have played at many *private* fields around my area. Mostly north of Campbell River where the terrain is a little more rugged. Currently I have 3 fields in my home town, which includes a very large industrial complex.
Also as of late I have played at a few other fields. Gemini for example.
J&J Paintball has two fields. They are located side-by-side.
The first field is where I normally play Rec. Ball. There are a series of bunkers and trenches that line a heavily wooded area (barely any scrub). When I say heavily wooded, I mean BIG Vancouver Island trees that can easily cover two peoples body widths. Overall the field is well maintained. Bunkers are added almost every month and repairs are done then.
The second field is a large hill used for playing a scenario game called "hamburger hill". There is a large bunker at the top of the hill that can accomodate about 7 men. There is a lot of blow down and cross trees and stumps that litter the hill that it is fairly easy to get near the bunker (but not too close). The hill has quite an incline and levels out into a rocky bluff where there are some natural crevaces that you can also hide in.
On top of the fields there is also a practice range.
Last edited on Wednesday, October 29th, 2003 at 8:01 pm PST