US West Reno Overlanding Recurring Meetings and Trail Runs Thread

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HappyOurOverlanding

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Meeting Minutes March 18, 2021
Scott opened the meeting at 6:PM at the Hunter Lake Trail trailhead. There were 18 members and 4 guests in attendance, and the new participants introduce themselves… Welcome! Some found us via Overland Bound or via Facebook and Instagram.
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Review of the Upcoming Year

  • March 19th, 20, 21 – Carson River Hot Springs Overnighter -CANCELLED
  • April 15th – R.O. Meeting
  • April 17th – Petroglyphs Day Run
  • May 20th – R.O. Meeting (Unstuck and Trail Gear Review)
  • May 15th – Carson Hot Springs
  • May 29th – Getting Unstuck
  • June 17th – R.O. Meeting (Communications Review)
  • June 11th, 12th, 13th – Bear Valley Overnighter
  • June 19th – Frenchman / Crystal Peak Day Run
  • July 15th – R.O. Meeting (topic?)
  • July 17th – Genoa Peak Day Run and Hike
  • August 19th – R.O. Meeting (topic?)
  • August 21st – Hunter Lake Trail day Run
  • Sept 16th – R.O. Meeting
  • September Run?? Possibly Peavine
  • Oct 21st – R.O. Meeting (topic?)
  • Oct 23rd – Dog Valley BBQ
  • Nov 18th – end of year Meeting
NOTE: The March 19th Carson Hot Springs Overnighter is cancelled and scheduled to a later date.

Short Trailer Review

Jon Whipple, founder and CEO of Sunnyside OffRoad, joined us along with his colleagues to review his new ultra-lightweight Off-road camping trailer. These trailers can tow behind anything including a UTV.
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They are handmade in Reno and sport a custom fabricated long travel suspension. Check them out on FB (sunnysideOR) or on Instagram (sunnysideoffroad).

Meeting Adjourned

The meeting was then closed, and everyone mingled to talk rigs and look at the Tear-drop trailers.

See ya at the next Meeting
 

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HappyOurOverlanding

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Reminder and Day Run Review April 18, 2021

Reminder
: The meeting is indoors on Thursday April 22nd at Famous Dave’s BBQ at 4925 Kietzke Lane. We have the Room behind the Bar from 5:PM until 8:PM. The meeting will start around 6:PM so you can come early to eat since we patronize those establishments that help our group.
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The Lagomarsino Petroglyph Day Run

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The Lagomarsino Petroglyph day run has come and gone. 11 Rigs pulled into the designated meeting spot near 10:AM in the morning. Then After Scott and Bill reviewed the Comms and safety issues for the run, 15 folks departed around 10:15 AM.
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Once on the dirt road at the beginning of the trail, everyone aired down so the ride could be a bit smoother and the tires had more grip of parts of the bumpy trail. Well…the grip part worked great. The bumps…ummmm….not so much.

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An about two hours later after a few water crossings and a lot of ruts, rocks and whoopty doos (that’s a technical term for a rough trail) , we pulled into the petroglyph site. After a quick lunch, everyone went off to explore the petroglyphs.
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After our exploring was over, we jumped back into our rigs and headed towards long Valley (with a few bumps along the way) and then aired up before jumping on Lousetown Road and heading home.

Thanks everyone who joined the adventure.

Reno Overlanding Admins
 
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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the group run because of my crazy work schedule these days. But I was wondering if anybody has a map of the route to get out to the petroglyphs. Appreciate your help.
 
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Meeting Minutes -- April 22, 2021
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Previous to Scott opening the meeting at 6:PM-ish at Famous Dave’s BBQ , some members came early to eat prior to the meeting while watched the Reno Overlanding YouTube channel of past runs. There were 18 members present with a few new participants who introduced themselves… Welcome! Some found us by word of mouth, through Overland Bound or via Facebook and Instagram.

Review of the Upcoming Year

Reminder: the dates of the meetings are now the fourth Thursday of the month

  • March 19th, 20, 21 – Carson River Hot Springs Overnighter
  • April 22nd – R.O. Meeting
  • April 17th – Petroglyphs Day Run Completed
  • May 27th – R.O. Meeting (Unstuck and Trail Gear Review)
  • May 15th – Carson Hot Springs
  • May 29th – Getting Unstuck
  • June 24th – R.O. Meeting (Overlanding with Firearms)
  • June 11th, 12th, 13th – Bear Valley Overnighter
  • June 19th – Frenchman / Crystal Peak Day Run
  • July 22nd – R.O. Meeting (Cooking Set ups)
  • July 17th – Genoa Peak Day Run and Hike
  • August 26th – R.O. Meeting (Diffs-Batteries-Solar)
  • August 21st – Hunter Lake Trail day Run
  • Sept 23rd – R.O. Meeting (Build Out Your Rig)
  • Sept 5-6th – Tunnel Camp Overnighter
  • Oct 28th – R.O. Meeting (End of Year Meeting and Review)
  • Oct 23rd – Dog Valley BBQ
Patches and Stickers

Stay tuned. We are looking at getting restocked on the Reno Overlanding patches and stickers.

Tonight’s Topic – Comms

After a debrief on the Petroglyph Day Run, Bill reviewed the basics on both Verbal and Non-Verbal Trail communications. For those who missed it, you can find the handouts in the file section of the Reno Overlanding Facebook page.

There are members that are deeply knowledgeable with Ham radios, setups, and linking to repeaters. So, if anyone has questions, please feel free to post them on the Facebook Page or refer to the OB Ham Net thread (US West - Ham Radio Weekly NET | OVERLAND BOUND COMMUNITY ) and hopefully the more skilled folk will chime in. Also, you can check out SNARS (Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society) our local Ham group, or AARL (American Radio Rely League) the National Association for Amateur Radio.

Meeting Adjourned

The meeting was then closed, and everyone mingled outside to talk rigs.



See ya at the next Meeting
 
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Happy Father's Day. here is the review of our latest Trail Run

A Crystal Peak and a Cove not there :-o – The Frenchman Lake Day Run Recap

The day started at 9:00 AM with 11 Rigs gathering at the Bordertown Casino rendezvous point and 1 Rig and a motorcycle met up with us at the trail head. We had a total of 22 adventurers as well as several well-behaved companions…dogs that is.
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After a Trail Run and Communications briefing, we pushed off at 9:15 AM and headed north up 395, exited on Rt 70 at Hallelujah Junction, and then turned right onto route 284. The trip from Bordertown to the entrance of our pre-determined trail route USFS 24N44 took about thirty minutes.

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At this point, once all the rigs were on the trail, we pulled to the side of the trail to allow Rigs to air down before proceeding up the trail.


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We started at 5046 feet and wound our way through trees and brush which resulted in that oh so famous Nevada pinstriping. But hey, it’s a badge of honor as the Humvee owner stated.

Along the trail we stopped a few times to clear some downed dead trees to ensure safer passage. Additionally, we had to properly maneuver around some fallen boulders and freshly cut tree trunks. The Trail gave us some more obstacles this time but nothing we could not handle.

We ended the climb up at 7792 feet at Crystal Peak. Overall most of the trail was easy until the climb to Crystal Peak. At this point, the trail became steeper, rutty, and the dry loose dirt caused some slipping. A bit further up, there was a bit of a moderate rock-climb, but all were able to get through without difficulty. Once at the top, the views were great as some folks climbed to the top of Crystal Peak to get a better viewpoint and take pictures, while others enjoyed their lunch in the shade.

Check out the video on Reno Overlanding FB page of the final ascent.

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After lunch, multiple discussions about each other’s rigs, and the hike up the top of Crystal Peak, we packed up and started our descent through more pinstriping greenery. Eventually our circuitous route took us back to 5446 feet where we aired up and then continued to the beach on the high side of Frenchman Lake.
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Where did the Cove go??

Well, it looks like the drought cycle we’ve been in has taken its toll on Frenchman’s Lake. The Cove at Crystal Point was at least 50 feet lower than the first time the group did the run. Here is the lake in 2018 and two pics of the lake today.

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At this point a few adventures decided to enjoy the cool water of the lake while others bid their goodbyes and headed home.

It was a fun day. Thanks for coming and the Reno Overlanding group looks forward to seeing everyone on the next run.

Oh...our next meeting is this Thursday June 24th starting at 6:PM at Famous Dave's BBQ in Reno.

Reno Overlanding Admins
 
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