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Our Purpose: To encourage and educate individuals to safely explore our vast natural resources through overlanding while safe-guarding those assets for future use and enjoyment.
 
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Location: Sierra Gold Tavern (in a private room adjacent to the bar)

Attendees: 14 participants—Scott, Marc, Lance & Denise, Glenn, Billy, Cesar, Trevor, Jermiah, Ken, Chris, Mike, and Bill & Connie, representing 12 Rigs from Jeeps, Toyotas, Nissan, and Ford.

Introductions and Meeting Location

After everyone’s introductions, we had a brief discussion to review location of monthly meetings. Mike mentioned that we could use a conference room in his building as an alternate when needed. It was concluded that Scott would book the Sierra Gold room for next month. This room was filled to capacity, so if we grow we’ll need a new location.

Additionally, it was discovered that Mike has a successful YouTube channel “All-Terrain Family” that a couple attendees have already subscribed to. Check it out!

Trail Sponsorship

Since the Purpose of Reno Overlanding is “to encourage and educate individuals to safely explore our vast natural resources through overlanding while safe-guarding those assets for future use and enjoyment,” Bill mentioned that he has reached out to the local NFS office to speak about Trail Sponsorship by the group. Additionally, he will reach out to the other local 4wheel groups to discuss combining efforts. More to come on this.

Added to Trail Sponsorship, Kent (OLB West Regional Ambassador) wanted us to know about a new program effort called Boots on The Ground that will mobilize a group of trained OLB members to go in and fix a trail problem. This could be post fire repair, erosion, downed trees and so on. Kent is working on a plan to get people trained and certified in chain saws and hand tools.

The Boots on The Ground program will start next week and be ready to help a state-wide consortium of organizations headed by Del Albright. Any questions about this program - msg @Kent R on the forum or email kent@overlandbound.com. Kent is also working on common training opportunities; such as survival, tire repair, recovery, first aid and so on. This will be on line and local classes for all OLB members. Definitely stay tuned for more information.

Encouraging the Next Generation

One other item Kent sent along to mention is that the Overland Bound Kids program is almost done! This program is designed to get kids involved in the outdoors and promote our sport. One section of the program will be tested at Off the Grid in October letting kids practice some field craft skill. Check out this link for more info on Off the Grid https://overlandbound.regfox.com/rally-west-2018

Trail Communications

Bill reviewed verbal and non-verbal communications for trail use. See the attached doc handout for basic comms info. Highlights include Radio Comms—Ham, CB, GMRS/FRS; Call Channel Frequencies’ that OLB uses; Relay Comms; and Emergency communications.

Bill will update the Trail Hand Signals Chart for use in the Reno Overlanding Runs to ensure consistency during those times non-verbal signaling is needed. Hand Signals and what Radio Comm frequency to use during a trail run will be review at the beginning of each trail run.

Bill offered his assistance for anyone wanting to discuss getting a Ham license or talk about Ham Radios.

Trips and Training

Reno Overnighter – There is interest in an overnight trail run. A run above Frenchman Lake is in consideration however Marc, Scott, Bill and Mike will discuss other options.

The OLB Off the Grid at Shaver Lake https://overlandbound.regfox.com/rally-west-2018 is scheduled for Oct 5-7. Register now to save your place.

Club Pic with Rigs

The Meeting ended at 8:PM and everyone headed to the parking lot to take a pic of the rigs and a group photo…. Unfortunately, it was too dark for the group photo to come out.

Stay tuned for our next Meeting Rally Point. And as always, if anyone has any suggestions/topics/comments for upcoming meetings, please let Scott @Sierratough or Bill @HappyOurOverlanding know.
 

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All I can say is Awesome! Your group is on a great track and I will help in any way I can. Hopefully we can schedule a trail run on a Saturday or Sunday that I can get to and talk OLB. Im hopping my work schedule changes to "0 days" then I can come over on a week day.
Sorry to hear you had Denise at your meeting ;-) that is Taco Denise as we call her. We had two Denise's at the Bear Lake trip JK and Taco Denise and they kept everyone in stitches till very late.
Keep up the good work promoting overlanding and we will see you on the trail.
 
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All I can say is Awesome! Your group is on a great track and I will help in any way I can. Hopefully we can schedule a trail run on a Saturday or Sunday that I can get to and talk OLB. Im hopping my work schedule changes to "0 days" then I can come over on a week day.
Sorry to hear you hat Denise at your meeting ;-) that is Taco Denise as we call her. We had two Denise's at the Bear Lake trip JK and Taco Denise and they kept everyone in stitches till very late.
Keep up the good work promoting overlanding and we will see you on the trail.
Thanks Kent. Look forward to getting on the trail with you all as well. And Taco Denise was well behaved. :yum:
 

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View attachment 66771 8-29-2018 Meeting Minutes

Location: Sierra Gold Tavern (in a private room adjacent to the bar)

Attendees: 14 participants—Scott, Marc, Lance & Denise, Glenn, Billy, Cesar, Trevor, Jermiah, Ken, Chris, Mike, and Bill & Connie, representing 12 Rigs from Jeeps, Toyotas, Nissan, and Ford.

Introductions and Meeting Location

After everyone’s introductions, we had a brief discussion to review location of monthly meetings. Mike mentioned that we could use a conference room in his building as an alternate when needed. It was concluded that Scott would book the Sierra Gold room for next month. This room was filled to capacity, so if we grow we’ll need a new location.

Additionally, it was discovered that Mike has a successful YouTube channel “All-Terrain Family” that a couple attendees have already subscribed to. Check it out!

Trail Sponsorship

Since the Purpose of Reno Overlanding is “to encourage and educate individuals to safely explore our vast natural resources through overlanding while safe-guarding those assets for future use and enjoyment,” Bill mentioned that he has reached out to the local NFS office to speak about Trail Sponsorship by the group. Additionally, he will reach out to the other local 4wheel groups to discuss combining efforts. More to come on this.

Added to Trail Sponsorship, Kent (OLB West Regional Ambassador) wanted us to know about a new program effort called Boots on The Ground that will mobilize a group of trained OLB members to go in and fix a trail problem. This could be post fire repair, erosion, downed trees and so on. Kent is working on a plan to get people trained and certified in chain saws and hand tools.

The Boots on The Ground program will start next week and be ready to help a state-wide consortium of organizations headed by Del Albright. Any questions about this program - msg @Kent R on the forum or email kent@overlandbound.com. Kent is also working on common training opportunities; such as survival, tire repair, recovery, first aid and so on. This will be on line and local classes for all OLB members. Definitely stay tuned for more information.

Encouraging the Next Generation

One other item Kent sent along to mention is that the Overland Bound Kids program is almost done! This program is designed to get kids involved in the outdoors and promote our sport. One section of the program will be tested at Off the Grid in October letting kids practice some field craft skill. Check out this link for more info on Off the Grid https://overlandbound.regfox.com/rally-west-2018

Trail Communications

Bill reviewed verbal and non-verbal communications for trail use. See the attached doc handout for basic comms info. Highlights include Radio Comms—Ham, CB, GMRS/FRS; Call Channel Frequencies’ that OLB uses; Relay Comms; and Emergency communications.

Bill will update the Trail Hand Signals Chart for use in the Reno Overlanding Runs to ensure consistency during those times non-verbal signaling is needed. Hand Signals and what Radio Comm frequency to use during a trail run will be review at the beginning of each trail run.

Bill offered his assistance for anyone wanting to discuss getting a Ham license or talk about Ham Radios.

Trips and Training

Reno Overnighter – There is interest in an overnight trail run. A run above Frenchman Lake is in consideration however Marc, Scott, Bill and Mike will discuss other options.

The OLB Off the Grid at Shaver Lake https://overlandbound.regfox.com/rally-west-2018 is scheduled for Oct 5-7. Register now to save your place.

Club Pic with Rigs

The Meeting ended at 8:PM and everyone headed to the parking lot to take a pic of the rigs and a group photo…. Unfortunately, it was too dark for the group photo to come out.

Stay tuned for our next Meeting Rally Point. And as always, if anyone has any suggestions/topics/comments for upcoming meetings, please let Scott @Sierratough or Bill @HappyOurOverlanding know.
One additional comment...Scott @Sierratough started the Reno Overlanding Instagram account so check it out. :yum::sunglasses:
 
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The October Meet and Training is posted. This training will be on Trail Tire Repair. Kent and Tom from Sierra Foothills Overlanders will conduct the training.

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What better way to learn an overlanding/4wheeling skill set than to practice at a trail head before you need it on a trail. Join Kent and Tom from Sierra Foothills Overlanders to learn this valuable skill. They are kind enough to come over from Placerville and educate us so we can ensure that the Reno Overlanding folk have a skill set to safely explore with less worry.

This is one in a series of outdoor meets and trainings. There will be a charge of 10 to 20 dollars to offset the cost for materials that we will use at the training. Materials include tire repair apparatus, patches, goop, thread, etc.. Once we have a better number of who will attend, I will post the amount.

The time for this training is approximately 4 to 5 hours depending on the number of participants.

https://www.overlandbound.com/event/meet-and-tire-repair-training/
 
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Location: Hunter Lake Trail Head (Open Area)

Attendees: 15 participants—Scott, Kyle, Mick, Debra & Rick, Greg & Colleen, Mike & Deb, John & Denise, Lance & Denise, and Bill & Connie, and 2 Knowledge sharers – Kent R & Tom W

Knowledge Share

Since the Purpose of Reno Overlanding is “to encourage and educate individuals to safely explore our vast natural resources through overlanding while safe-guarding those assets for future use and enjoyment,” the Reno Overlanding group was fortunate enough to have Sierra Foothills Overlanding members share some of their knowledge on Trail Tire Repair. This important and vital information is one aspect of being safe while out on the trail with no immediate services available.

Trail Tire Repair

It was a cool Saturday morning as 12 rigs pulled up for a knowledge share on trail tire repair at the trailhead for Hunter Lake Trail. After setting up a table for the tire repair materials and three tires were rolled over, Kent R and Tom W outlined what was in store for the next 4 to 6 hours.

1. An overview of materials being used
2. Plugging a tire – hole and slice
3. Sewing a sidewall
4. Taking off a tire and installing another tire
5. Inflating a tire with a CO2 tank
6. Basic materials to have in a tire repair kit

Rig Shot 1.jpg

Let the fun begin

Kent and Tom set up a tire, grabbed an awl and with a wack of a hammer, punctured the tire-- and Voila, a hole to plug. After a quick explanation of what materials to use— a Spreader, a sticky hole plug, and a thingy to push the sticky hole plug in the tiny leaky hole.

As you can see in the pictures, several participants were eager to try their hand at plugging a hole.

Puncture Repair 1.jpg Puncture Repair 10.jpg Puncture Repair 5.jpg Puncture Repair 4.jpg Puncture Repair 6.jpg Puncture Repair 8.jpg Puncture Repair 9.jpg

Next up was making approximately a one-inch slice in the sidewall of the tire to plug. This took about 7 plugs to patch the slice.

Small Slice plug repair 1.jpg Small Slice plug repair 3.jpg

Now it was on to sewing a V-shaped slice in a tire sidewall which Tom W fully explained the process before beginning. As we discovered, sewing a tire is not the easiest thing to do, so this became more of a team effort as each member assisted in grinding the inside of the tire around the slice, threading needles (a few needles were ruined in the stitching process), sewing, and then adding the rubber cement, patch, and shoe-goo to finish the repair.

Tire slice repair 1.jpg Tire slice repair 2.jpg Tire stitching 1.jpg Tire stitching 2.jpg Tire stitching 3.jpg Tire stitching 5.jpg Tire stitching 4.jpg

Now came the toughest challenge…taking a rim off a tire and replacing it with the patched tire. New tools to most of the participants were introduced, and an old stand-by tool (the hi-lift jack) was used to break the bead on the tire. This was a surprise to most participants especially Bill & Connie since it was their rig with new rock-sliders that was used as the anchor point for the jack. The vehicle's weight was the force to allow the base of the hi-lift jack to unseat the tire from the rim.

Tire Removal Hi-Lift.PNG Tire removal 3.jpg Tire removal 4.jpg Tire removal 1.jpg

Once unseated, a set of tire separator tools were to complete the process and remove the tire from the rim. The consensus was—not an easy thing to do but now know it can be done.

Tire reinstall 2.jpg Tire reinstall 3.jpg Tire reinstall 4.jpg Tire Reinstall 5.jpg

The pictures do not show the energy that the participants went through in each of the sessions. The Videos show the efforts in more detail.

Once the tire was removed and the repaired tire replaced and inflated, Kent and Tom concluded the session with a review of the minimum basics that a person should have with them on a trail run. As we all have heard before—it’s better to have and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Thank Yous

Reno Overlanding would like to thank @Kent R and Tom W taking the time to come down the mountain from Placerville and sharing their knowledge…and, bringing the tools necessary to affect a successful process for tire repairs. Also, to @Sierratough for bringing a tire for us to put holes in.

We would also like to thank Overland Bound, @Michael , et al, for building an organization that has groups/members which are is willing to share knowledge with other overlanding groups and assist them in their growth. Knowing that many members have information and skill sets and are willing to do what it takes to pass on extremely useful data to others is a testament to the OB organization and the members you attract.


Stay tuned for our next Meeting Rally Point. And as always, if anyone has any suggestions/topics/comments for upcoming meetings, please let Scott @Sierratough or Bill @HappyOurOverlanding know.
 

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View attachment 72505 10-13-2018 Meeting Minutes

Location: Hunter Lake Trail Head (Open Area)

Attendees: 15 participants—Scott, Kyle, Mick, Debra & Rick, Greg & Colleen, Mike & Deb, John & Denise, Lance & Denise, and Bill & Connie, and 2 Knowledge sharers – Kent R & Tom W

Knowledge Share

Since the Purpose of Reno Overlanding is “to encourage and educate individuals to safely explore our vast natural resources through overlanding while safe-guarding those assets for future use and enjoyment,” the Reno Overlanding group was fortunate enough to have Sierra Foothills Overlanding members share some of their knowledge on Trail Tire Repair. This important and vital information is one aspect of being safe while out on the trail with no immediate services available.

Trail Tire Repair

It was a cool Saturday morning as 12 rigs pulled up for a knowledge share on trail tire repair at the trailhead for Hunter Lake Trail. After setting up a table for the tire repair materials and three tires were rolled over, Kent R and Tom W outlined what was in store for the next 4 to 6 hours.

1. An overview of materials being used
2. Plugging a tire – hole and slice
3. Sewing a sidewall
4. Taking off a tire and installing another tire
5. Inflating a tire with a CO2 tank
6. Basic materials to have in a tire repair kit


View attachment 72509

Let the fun begin

Kent and Tom set up a tire, grabbed an awl and with a wack of a hammer, punctured the tire-- and Voila, a hole to plug. After a quick explanation of what materials to use— a Spreader, a sticky hole plug, and a thingy to push the sticky hole plug in the tiny leaky hole.

As you can see in the pictures, several participants were eager to try their hand at plugging a hole.

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Next up was making approximately a one-inch slice in the sidewall of the tire to plug. This took about 7 plugs to patch the slice.

View attachment 72514 View attachment 72515

Now it was on to sewing a V-shaped slice in a tire sidewall which Tom W fully explained the process before beginning. As we discovered, sewing a tire is not the easiest thing to do, so this became more of a team effort as each member assisted in grinding the inside of the tire around the slice, threading needles (a few needles were ruined in the stitching process), sewing, and then adding the rubber cement, patch, and shoe-goo to finish the repair.

View attachment 72516 View attachment 72517 View attachment 72518 View attachment 72520 View attachment 72522 View attachment 72525 View attachment 72526

Now came the toughest challenge…taking a rim off a tire and replacing it with the patched tire. New tools to most of the participants were introduced, and an old stand-by tool (the hi-lift jack) was used to break the bead on the tire. This was a surprise to most participants especially Bill & Connie since it was their rig with new rock-sliders that was used as the anchor point for the jack. The vehicle's weight was the force to allow the base of the hi-lift jack to unseat the tire from the rim.

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Once unseated, a set of tire separator tools were to complete the process and remove the tire from the rim. The consensus was—not an easy thing to do but now know it can be done.

View attachment 72533 View attachment 72534 View attachment 72535 View attachment 72536

The pictures do not show the energy that the participants went through in each of the sessions. The Videos show the efforts in more detail.

Once the tire was removed and the repaired tire replaced and inflated, Kent and Tom concluded the session with a review of the minimum basics that a person should have with them on a trail run. As we all have heard before—it’s better to have and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Thank Yous

Reno Overlanding would like to thank @Kent R and Tom W taking the time to come down the mountain from Placerville and sharing their knowledge…and, bringing the tools necessary to affect a successful process for tire repairs. Also, to @Sierratough for bringing a tire for us to put holes in.

We would also like to thank Overland Bound, @Michael , et al, for building an organization that has groups/members which are is willing to share knowledge with other overlanding groups and assist them in their growth. Knowing that many members have information and skill sets and are willing to do what it takes to pass on extremely useful data to others is a testament to the OB organization and the members you attract.


Stay tuned for our next Meeting Rally Point. And as always, if anyone has any suggestions/topics/comments for upcoming meetings, please let Scott @Sierratough or Bill @HappyOurOverlanding know.
This is a huge success. Thank you so much for putting together such a quality event. Indeed, one of the many reasons we created the Overland Bound community was to share knowledge and information, and help the community as a whole be better prepared during the adventure. This is so good to see!

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