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Default 2017 NW Overland Rally June 15-18

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I thought this might be useful to others in the region that might benefit from attending. I try to glean as much information from those who have practical experience in whatever endeavor that I'm trying to focus on... just another resource to tap into.

I recently found out about this event/group in my area (I stumbled across them on Facebook) and I really like what I see. Self sustaining long term overlanding "camping." Utilizing well equipped vehicle and solid experience, knowledge is passed along graciously on not only what you really need, but what you really don't need.

So I cruised their page and here are a few things that popped out at me - by the way, once the admission charge is paid for the day or weekend all of the classes, events and activities are free of charge:

Ham Radio
Solar Power
New Gear
Food Prep For Long Trips
Personal Security
Building The Ultimate Medical Kit
Water Filtration
Pediatric First Aid
Dutch Oven Cooking
Basic Winching
Common Trail Repairs
Traveling With Dogs
Survival Class - Fire Building
Climbing And Repelling
Satellite Comms

(advanced payment- $85 for a single, $160 for two, for the weekend)

What to do at the Rally:

Learn, Play, Relax! We've got you covered:

Welcome Cocktails - Title Sponsors Four Wheel Campers are hosting welcome cocktails on Thursday night! It's a fun way to settle in and learn more about your new friends and neighbors. Nitro Gear & Axle will also have cocktails later that evening.

Nightly Campfire and Raffle - Every evening we give away a huge selection of fun prizes around the campfire, everything from winches, driving lights, luggage, camping gear, skid-plates, recovery kits, and lots of cool clothing.

Presenters - In addition to the wonderful trainers leading classes, each evening we have presentations and Q&A sessions with inspiring and entertaining travelers. Past rallies have included the Expedition Overland crew, the couple who have traveled in La Cucaracha for the last 15 years, Dakar Rally Racer Quinn Cody, and Adventurer Scott Brady.

4WD Trail Drives - The wonderful folks from the Northwest Overland Club will lead scenic trail rides in the beautiful Washington Alps. With easy trails or hard, you can choose your own level of adventure.

4WD Instruction - Certified 4WD instructors will be teaching introductory and advanced 4WD techniques on our technical driving course. Learn the safest way to conquer the toughest trails.​

Trail Repair - Learn the steps to quickly and safely fix repairs on the trail, and how to choose a quality repair kit. Separate classes for both 2-wheeled and 4-wheeled adventurers.

Solar Power - Learn the ins and outs of setting up a reliable customizable solar power system.

Morning stretches - Start each day right with an optional sunrise exercise session, led by an experienced teacher.

Photography and Cinematography - Overland Journal Editor in Chief Chris Collard will run a hands-on vehicle photography session.

Preparing for ​Medical Emergencies - Medical Instructors will take us through real-life scenarios, showing us how to deal with the types of accidents most likely to affect overland travelers. Also they will have classes on Pediatric first aid, and building the ultimate medical kit.

Wine Tasting - Local Sommeliers will guide us on a virtual wine-tasting tour of the region's best vineyards. Bring your glass and start exercising your taste-buds, because you will be in for a treat.

Personal security - ham radio, new gear, kayaking, Mountain Biking, spotting, navigation, winching, fire-starting, shelter-building, etc. Whatever you want to learn, we have a class.

Nibbles, treats, vendor specials, and more - Everywhere you turn at the Rally there is something new to see, and someone fun to talk to.

Rules of the Road:

Rules on the Field
Vehicle movement on the field is DEAD SLOW. Kids and dogs are everywhere.
Anyone riding a motorbike (regardless of bike size) MUST wear a helmet.
Alcohol and Vehicles do not mix. Period.

Rules for the Technical Course
For Scheduled Activities Only
No Mini Bikes
No Racing
Always to be used under supervision with safety personnel posted
Full protective gear when riding

Rally Entrance – 18623 Beaver Valley Road (across from the Old Mill Cafe in Plain WA). The Postal address is Leavenworth if you are entering it into your GPS.

Kids and Dogs - The NW Overland Rally is a kid and dog friendly event. We love both kids and dogs, but we recognize that both need to be managed at a large event. Please keep an eye on your kids, and ensure they don't play in areas where vehicles may be moving about. Dogs must be leashed at ALL times, NEVER left in a locked vehicle (it can get hot very quickly), and PLEASE pick up any poop, regardless of what it comes out of...

Water - There is no potable water on-site. Please bring your own water for cooking and drinking.

Food Trucks - There will be Mexican and American food trucks on site, open all day.

Groceries - There is a little store across the road from the Rally site called Just Plain Grocery & Gas that sells bottled water, basic groceries like bread, milk, eggs, cheese, beer and ice-cream, gas and diesel. Operating Hours are Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri/Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm.If you need more extensive groceries, a large Safeway store is 14 miles away at 116 Riverbend Drive, Leavenworth. Operating Hours: Daily 6am-11pm

Restaurant - Next to the hardware store is a pleasant local restaurant called the Old Mill Café. Open for dining-in: Thurs-Sun 6am-2pm and for drive-through: Thurs-Sat 3pm-7pm ​Farmer’s Market – Saturday morning from 10am till noon the local farmers market is held in the Hardware store’s parking lot.

Laundromat - Coin-operated and located behind Just Plain Grocery & Gas. Operating hours are the same as Just Plain Grocery & Gas.

Shower - One open-air, cold-water shower is available on the Rally site. Please note that the water is non-potable. Simple-shower will be selling their innovative portable showers on the field, warmed by the sun.

Electricity – There is no electricity on the field. We recommend solar power, or a quiet generator if required.

Hookups – There are no RV hookups at the Rally but we do have a large number of porta-potties, including some designated ladies-only. If you would rather camp where there are hookups, the Lake Wenatchee State Park is only 8 miles away. click here for info.

Weather – The weather in the mountains is unpredictable. It can be hot (90s or 100s) in the day, and cold (30s and 40s) at night, with a chance of rain as well. Bring appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and a hat!

Insurance – Please note, the Rally does not provide coverage for bodily Injury. Attendees should have their own medical coverage, and attendee vehicles must be fully insured.

Garbage and recycling – Please pack out what you pack in. Especially recycling. We don’t have the ability to accept recycling so we’d appreciate it if you can bring it home for recycling.

Vehicle Recovery – If you get stuck, don’t worry, there are lots of people around to help, but if your vehicle breaks down, it is your responsibility to get it home.

Leavenworth – 14 miles from the NW Overland Rally site is the charming Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, WA. In addition to the Safeway, Leavenworth offers dozens of restaurants, pubs, shopping options, and a great bookstore. It’s a fun place and worth a visit.
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