US Northwest Washington Back Country Discovery Route July 5-10 2021

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SugarGnar

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Hello! My wife and I (Ryan and Lauren) will be tagging along for this one as well. We will likely bring our Australian Shepherd but she’s old and just wants to lay in her truck.
I’ve been truck camping since I was a kid and wife has been joining me the last few years. We’re running a 4Runner with a couple mods.
I look forward to meeting you all shortly!
 

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Hello! My wife and I (Ryan and Lauren) will be tagging along for this one as well. We will likely bring our Australian Shepherd but she’s old and just wants to lay in her truck.
I’ve been truck camping since I was a kid and wife has been joining me the last few years. We’re running a 4Runner with a couple mods.
I look forward to meeting you all shortly!
Welcome, I look forward to meeting you and your wife. I think this is going to be a great trip.
 

Smileyshaun

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Got a new rig and am very tempted to joining this trip , gotta get the work schedule figured out . What’s the latest I can let you know ?
 

Nomad52

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My wife and I are planning on doing the wabdr again ( I’ve done it twice by motorcycle and the southern half once by 4x4)
and normally we travel solo but it might be fun going with a group. We have two overlanding rigs. One is our Hummer H3 that we did a build on in 2017 and the other is our 2002 Sportsmobile 4x4 camper. I’d be more inclined to bring our H3. I’ve been overlanding a while (since 1980 before I knew what to call it LOL) so have all the gear but being a ham operator KI7AKW, I’d need to get a GMRS radio and license is all.A6CD2BFB-6C80-4D11-9653-17FB861C579A.jpegFD3E232F-7D26-47E5-B13A-BCB3A6C7DB17.jpegFD3E232F-7D26-47E5-B13A-BCB3A6C7DB17.jpeg
 
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My wife and I are planning on doing the wabdr again ( I’ve done it twice by motorcycle and the southern half once by 4x4)
and normally we travel solo but it might be fun going with a group. We have two overlanding rigs. One is our Hummer H3 that we did a build on in 2017 and the other is our 2002 Sportsmobile 4x4 camper. I’d be more inclined to bring our H3. I’ve been overlanding a while (since 1980 before I knew what to call it LOL) so have all the gear but being a ham operator KI7AKW, I’d need to get a GMRS radio and license is all.View attachment 198750View attachment 198751View attachment 198751
Right on, I look forward to you joining us.
 

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I want to get a group input on camping spots. I normally do not pre plan where to camp. I have done this route before, 3 times on the lower part and we never had pre-planned camp spots. I have also done other trips the same way. I always just travel till it seems like a good time to stop and then we find a flat area to camp.
There are of coarse positives and negatives to both. My wife and I sleep in our rig so as long as I have a flat(ish) spot to park, I am fine. I do know that some of you are going to be in tents.
Do you all need pre-planned camp spots, or do we prefer the freedom of adventure? I am OK either way, but if we need pre-planned spots I will need some help with suggestions. Also keep in mind that it is all "Dispersed" camping, so what we pre-plan, may be taken when we get there.
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I want to get a group input on camping spots. I normally do not pre plan where to camp. I have done this route before, 3 times on the lower part and we never had pre-planned camp spots. I have also done other trips the same way. I always just travel till it seems like a good time to stop and then we find a flat area to camp.
There are of coarse positives and negatives to both. My wife and I sleep in our rig so as long as I have a flat(ish) spot to park, I am fine. I do know that some of you are going to be in tents.
Do you all need pre-planned camp spots, or do we prefer the freedom of adventure? I am OK either way, but if we need pre-planned spots I will need some help with suggestions. Also keep in mind that it is all "Dispersed" camping, so what we pre-plan, may be taken when we get there.
Give me your feed back.
That's my biggest downside, is needing flat space to camp. I am trying to grab a new tent before the trip, the Gazelle T4, which hopefully should help. I would bring a cot and stuff so I could live with a slightly more rough terrain. I am fine with either option, though I would have zero suggestions for any pre-planned spots as I've not even been in this area for a year yet.
 

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I'm either going to sleep in my rig or my rtt(unsure if I want to mount it or not) but I think our biggest issues with camping(I'm assuming was I've not done the wabdr) is our number of rigs. I think we're close to 20 if all go that are interested. That might be a lot to ask to try and find a spot that is reasonably flat while being large enough, all watt the end of a day on the road.

Thoughts?
 

Makoventure

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Hey there! We will be shipping our rig down from Alaska about a week prior to this meet up. not new to overlanding but this will be our first official OB meet up, and our first time traveling in the area. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
 

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Hey there! We will be shipping our rig down from Alaska about a week prior to this meet up. not new to overlanding but this will be our first official OB meet up, and our first time traveling in the area. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
Absolutely love the rig, can't wait to see it in person! I was stationed in Anchorage for 3 years and though I was always a Toyota fan, that's where I really fell in love. I want to drive up to prudehoe (and tuk) eventually but I have driven the alcan 4 times I miss Alaska, just not the first of living out the mosquitoes lol
 

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Do you all need pre-planned camp spots, or do we prefer the freedom of adventure? I am OK either way, but if we need pre-planned spots I will need some help with suggestions. Also keep in mind that it is all "Dispersed" camping, so what we pre-plan, may be taken when we get there.
Give me your feed back.
I agree that it may be somewhat difficult finding group camps large and flat enough. The huge number of folks exploring the back country these days won't help either. Never the less, Overlanding pretty much requires folks to be flexible and enjoy adventure as it unfolds. Still, I hope to pre-run the entire route from North to South in the next week, so I will keep an eye out for potential group camp spots and pass them on.
 

Makoventure

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Hey there! We will be shipping our rig down from Alaska about a week prior to this meet up. not new to overlanding but this will be our first official OB meet up, and our first time traveling in the area. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
Absolutely love the rig, can't wait to see it in person! I was stationed in Anchorage for 3 years and though I was always a Toyota fan, that's where I really fell in love. I want to drive up to prudehoe (and tuk) eventually but I have driven the alcan 4 times I miss Alaska, just not the first of living out the mosquitoes lol
Thank you! Yeah we were stoked to drive it on the alcan, super bummed that COVID restrictions made it impossible this year, but either way at least we are escaping mosquito hell!
 
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Do you all need pre-planned camp spots, or do we prefer the freedom of adventure? I am OK either way, but if we need pre-planned spots I will need some help with suggestions. Also keep in mind that it is all "Dispersed" camping, so what we pre-plan, may be taken when we get there.
Give me your feed back.
I agree that it may be somewhat difficult finding group camps large and flat enough. The huge number of folks exploring the back country these days won't help either. Never the less, Overlanding pretty much requires folks to be flexible and enjoy adventure as it unfolds. Still, I hope to pre-run the entire route from North to South in the next week, so I will keep an eye out for potential group camp spots and pass them on.
Perfect! Also look at the area near Bethel Ridge. There is a bypass that we will do unless you tell me it is in a lot better shape than the last time we did this.
Last year it was wet and torn up, less than 3 miles took us over 3 hours. We also beat the rigs up and broke some stuff. I’m planning to go around this year.
 
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ctcv1984

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Greetings, everyone. Pete Williams here, checking in from Rocklin, CA. and I'll be joining you on this trip, a trip I've been wanting to do for a year or more. A quick bio: Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, went into the Air Force in 1974 after high school. Got to the Sacramento area in 1977 and have liked living here since. Started off-roading in 1978 after I bought my first car, a 1963 FJ40, which I sold in 1985. Learned about overlanding in 2011 after retiring. I've been with Sierra Foothill Overlanders since 2017. I currently use a 2016 4Runner Trail Premium which I've been modifying/improving in the 3 years I've owned it (Icon 2, Rigd tire carrier, Baja roof rack, James Baroud RTT, Genesis dual battery setup, aftermarket headlights, Whynter fridge, Method wheels with 295 series Coopers, etc). I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends. I'll see everyone on July 5th!
 
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