Central Oregon - New Member - Looking for family camping friends

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Troysmith80

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Sisters, OR, USA
First Name
Troy
Last Name
Smith
I'm recently returned to Central Oregon (Sisters at the moment, i'll probably settle in Bend eventually) after a couple of years away. I was born and always lived in oregon except for this recent 2-year stint in Missouri.

I'm looking to learn more about good places to explore and routes that are more technical than a forest road but not rock crawling. It's getting harder and harder to get away from the crowds around here. I'm also interested in meeting folks/families to do trips with. This seems like it might be a good place.

My wife and I have kiddos, a 5 year old and a 6 month old. We like to camp, dispersed when possible, reluctantly in developed campgrounds when "necessary". We have a very small old pop-up camper that we use but it's on its last legs and I am in the process of designing my ideal camper which will be something like a blend of a Off-Grid/Mission style teardrop and a Wildernest or AT Habitat.

Current forest rig is a 2001 Yukon with the running boards taken off and AT tires. It's got the G80 'locking' differential. The thing seems pretty damn capable as is, I don't think it really needs much more (other than recovery gear) to be all that i'll likely need.

I grew up on motorcycles and have done a fair bit of dirt riding and dual sport around central oregon but I sold off all my bikes years ago and got into vans. Now I'm on the SUV with trailer path.

Here's a few pics from past adventures


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Gabriel Bozeman

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I'm recently returned to Central Oregon (Sisters at the moment, i'll probably settle in Bend eventually) after a couple of years away. I was born and always lived in oregon except for this recent 2-year stint in Missouri.

I'm looking to learn more about good places to explore and routes that are more technical than a forest road but not rock crawling. It's getting harder and harder to get away from the crowds around here. I'm also interested in meeting folks/families to do trips with. This seems like it might be a good place.

My wife and I have kiddos, a 5 year old and a 6 month old. We like to camp, dispersed when possible, reluctantly in developed campgrounds when "necessary". We have a very small old pop-up camper that we use but it's on its last legs and I am in the process of designing my ideal camper which will be something like a blend of a Off-Grid/Mission style teardrop and a Wildernest or AT Habitat.

Current forest rig is a 2001 Yukon with the running boards taken off and AT tires. It's got the G80 'locking' differential. The thing seems pretty damn capable as is, I don't think it really needs much more (other than recovery gear) to be all that i'll likely need.

I grew up on motorcycles and have done a fair bit of dirt riding and dual sport around central oregon but I sold off all my bikes years ago and got into vans. Now I'm on the SUV with trailer path.

Here's a few pics from past adventures


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Welcome! Make sure to check out the Rally Point system for events and meetups. There is also a FB page for the NorthWest region. @Roy & Kristin Zirpoli are your local Member Reps and always have something planned. Once I get my rig sorted out, I'd love to spend more time in the Oregon area. Very pretty. Great parent move to get outside and explore with your kids!

Cheers!
Gabriel Bozeman
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Roy & Kristin Zirpoli

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Heck yea! We would love to meet up with you both! Troy we are both also from the bike community- riding Victory for several years and any and everything before that! We are over in Salem- lets meet up!