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9/10 - 9/12/2021: ORP Dirt Formal Gala near Williams, AZ It’s that time of year! Join us for the annual 2021 ORP Dirt Formal Gala in the beautiful ponderosa pines of Williams, AZ. Chock full of fun, family, and dirt – there’s something for everyone! Check out the historic town of Williams and Route 66 Explore scenic trails in the Kaibab National Forest Enter to win some great Offroad Passport swag in a range of epic camp-challenge games And more! So grab the family and come spend a weekend tent or RV camping with us. Don't be that person hearing about all the great stuff you missed for the next whole year - sign up now! LOCATION Kaibab National Forest, just 15-20 minutes south of Williams, AZ We have 1 primary and 2 back-up sites identified, all within 5 minutes of each other. Trailer & RV-friendly access Access to site is 75% pavement / 25% crushed gravel Large, wide shady spots with beautiful lush pines Massive forest road/trail network with great proximity to gorgeous vistas like Bill Williams Mountain and Sycamore Point Average weather in Williams Precise location will be confirmed as we approach the event date. COST Camping Cost: FREE! Suggested Donation: This is ORP's annual fundraising event and a donation of $15/person (adult) would be greatly appreciated. Club & Supporting Membership fees typically only cover our absolute most basic operating costs and so we're really relying on folks to donate. Click here for how to make your donation! ITINERARY Will be updated as we nail down event details Friday (9/10) Arrive anytime, most folks show up mid afternoon. Setup your campsite. Dinner (self-prepared) and social time, be sure to welcome any new faces! Saturday (9/11) Trail ride / exploration Check out Williams on your own for touristy stuff, or just hang out and relax at camp! Offroad Passport Annual Salsa Contest! Games & prizes! Social time, visit with old friends and get to know new folks! Sunday (9/12) Leisurely break camp & head home anytime! IMPORTANT NOTES Dispersed, primitive camping - there are no facilities Be sure to bring everything you need for meals, including to cook with (there are no common grills, tables, or seating) Alcohol at camp is OK - please be responsible and respectful. ABSOLUTELY NO DRINKING & DRIVING! This is a family-friendly event! Please print, sign, and bring this form with you to the event. SATURDAY ACTIVITIES Saturday Trail Ride: Scenic 50mi loop around the Kaibab NF with stops at several historic sites, including a cabin and petroglyphs Difficulty: EASY. Stock high clearance vehicles should have no problem We'll stop for lunch on a nearby mountaintop (9,500ft) End of the trail allows easy access to downtown Williams for sightseeing! ORP Blindfolded Navigation Challenge! In this couples/team based game, the navigator guides their blindfolded drive around an off-road course using only common "spotting commands" Will your co-pilot smash you into a tree? Can they keep you from running off the course? Let's find out! Prizes for best times around the course! Annual Salsa & Dip Contest: *NEW - by popular demand, we are adding chip/veggie dip to the contest! Enter your homemade salsa of chip.veggie dip! Keep on ice until Saturday evening. Offroad Passport will supply chips, and you're welcome to bring more. EVERYONE come enjoy the chips and salsas/dips and PLEASE VOTE for the winners! The salsa and dip will compete separately - prizes for the winners! *NEW - 50/50 ORP Raffle: New this year is a 50/50 raffle! Tickets on sale Saturday afternoon/evening Drawing Saturday evening Tickets: $5 for 1 ticket, $20 for 5 tickets HOW YOU CAN HELP! We need EZ-Ups, folding tables, or other shelters. Please let us know if you can bring one for use in a common area. Bring your corn hole or other lawn games to play at camp. Be sure to stow and haul away your own trash. Familiarize yourself with Offroad Passport's Pet Policy Make a donation (see "Suggested Donation" info above). ATTENDEES Interested in joining in on the fun? Drop a comment below and let us know! Planning to tent or RV/trailer camp? Please let us know that too for space planning. @theksmith @dzJeepChic & @Number7 @4x4tographer & @Yodamom + 2 (RV) (Donation Received in Advance) @Bradywgn71 + 1 (RV) (Donation Received in Advance) @Trail Toy + 3 @Curly + 1 (RV) @shellback91 (tent) @johnpa @MzPriss (RV) @Shelley S + 1 (Overland Trailer) @Riddler +1 (RV) @We Just Go + 1 (Overland Trailer) @ob1jeeper & @Ladybug (RV) @lofreqjeff + 1 @gearhead @AZRNintheJeep242 (tent) @mesach @Lichen @mynr1 @Eugene + 1 (RV) @K2man56 + 1 @Alan + 2 (tent) @r.barraza @KtroubleA (Trailer) @Stacey and Scott Tables & Pop-Ups Shelter Sign-Up: 4x4tographer (folding table + pop-up + corn hole) Curly (pop-up + table) ob1jeeper (pop-up) Riddler (pop-up + table) MzPriss (2 pop-ups) mynr1 (table + pop-up) Eugene (table + pop-up + corn hole)
NEW REVISED DATES! This is the new event post. Trip were postponed from July to August due to national forest closures due to wildfires. Original planning discussion can be found here. FIRST DIBS ON SPOTS GO TO THOSE WHO SIGNED UP ON THE LAST TRIP! Northern AZ Overland Traverse Friday August 20 & Saturday August 21 | Cottonwood to Williams, AZ Primitive Tent Camping | No Facilities Join me for 2 days and 135 miles of dirt therapy on this overland-style adventure! We’ll be running a modified version of the Northern Arizona Overland Traverse, which I’ve modified to be shorter, adding in a few side-stops. This route will take us through the chaparral forested Prescott NF and into the higher altitude ponderosa pines of Kaibab NF. We’ll start our trip in the town of Cottonwood, meeting up for a great breakfast before departing. Along the way we’ll take in several different views of Sycamore Canyon as we stop along the rim in several places. The majority of our ride will be easy trails, with a decent stretch of moderate trails with a few small technical sections. We’ll have the option of a short hike to see some pretty amazing cliff dwellings overlooking the red rocks. Camp will be made in the cool pines in Kaibab NF. The following day, we’ll head out to Sycamore Point for some panoramic views, and wind our way north, with our final stop in Williams. While there, we can check out Route 66, grab some lunch (or an early dinner), before parting company and heading home. Meetup for Breakfast We'll grab some breakfast in town at Crema Craft Kitchen, an award-winning brunch joint. We'll hang out, drink coffee, eat some great food, talk about the plan, and head out when we’re ready! When: August 20th @ 7am Where: Crema Craft Kitchen (link) 917 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 **Please arrive fueled up and ready** Parking: There are 2 public (and free) lots within 1 block north and south of the restaurant South (closest): 34.74701179140745, -112.02754154260568 North: 34.74805909700933, -112.02644536506874 Trip Itinerary Please note that the itinerary is approximate. Day 1: Friday, August 20th Breakfast meetup (7am) Depart after breakfast Hit the road! Cruise down 89a and through Jerome Turn north into Prescott National Forest Scenic Drive (easy) Break for lunch Optional hike to the dwellings (300ft elevation gain) Back on the road! Scenic drive (easy to moderate) Cross over into Kaibab National Forest Camp Finding (Excess drive may be approx 5-10mi depending on availability of sites) Set up camp! Day 2: Saturday, August 21st Wake up / Pack up / Eat Hit the road, Jack! If needed, we'll stop in Williams for fuel Trail ride to Sycamore Point Take a break, explore, enjoy the views Trail ride ending in downtown Williams on Old Route 66 Get your kicks on Route 66 (Williams, AZ) Grab some lunch locally (tons of options) Check out the sites, enjoy the town Part ways and head home via your favorite highway (if you want!) Odds are, you'll be home by dark on Saturday Trail Difficulty | Exploratory Note that I have NOT run these trails personally, hence the "exploratory" status. Based on research, the majority of our trail time will be easy dirt roads. There will be an approx 4-5mi stint that is moderate, with a few sections requiring 4L. Purple: Current route Blue: Targeted camping areas Link to map tracks and waypoints here ***The route is subject to change based upon damage sustained by the Rafael Wildfire Average Weather | Area Weather for the Timeframe of this Trip As we'll be at an altitude of over 6,000ft for the majority of our trip, I'd expect seasonal highs of 78. Our preferred campsite is at 8,000ft and should be around a high of 73* based on seasonal average highs. Sunrise: 5:23am Sunset: 7:46pm Moon Phase: New Moon (perfect for stargazing) Avg High Temp: 78* Avg Low Temp: 52* Williams Altitude: 6,700ft Camping Altitude: 7,000-8,000ft (temperature falls 5* per 1,000ft) **UPDATE** Since the trip was pushed from July to August, we'll be in prime monsoon season. We can expect up to a 32% chance of rain daily, generally in the afternoon/evening. Approximate Trip Milage The below are APPROXIMATIONS of speed, and duration. Distance is accurate. Anticipation is we will spend the majority of our time in 2H or 4H, meaning we should be pretty fuel efficient. The passage into Kaibab will require 4L in a few spots. Our furthest distance without a fuel stop will be (101 miles). Based on the above estimates, we should be making camp around 4 to 5pm. However, that is a SWAG (smoking wild-ass guess). If it begins to approach dark quicker than expected, we'll camp at the first suitable spot (sunset isn't until 7:46pm). Requirements A high clearance 4x4 truck or suv with a low range transfer case option, suitable front & rear recovery point, aggressive A/T or M/T tires While not required, aftermarket skid plates, rock rails, and sway-bar disconnects are recommended. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seatbelts, lights, etc.) Vehicle should be mechanically sound and safe to drive Drivers of varying experience should be fine on this trip PRIMITIVE CAMPING Camping stuff (tent, sleeping bag, chair, stove, etc.) Other Important Info Bring 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, snacks MORE water than you need Camping (PRIMITIVE) We'll camp at high elevation (approx 8,000 feet) where temps are expected to drop to 50 degrees. Please remember appropriate clothing and bedding. This is during summer, high summer, so plan accordingly with appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and MORE water than you think you need. Average seasonal high temp is 82 for the area. Monsoon. Summer brings the monsoon. And while we haven't had a good one in a long time, this just might be our year. Rain is entirely possible. We'll keep an eye on the forecast as we get closer. Radio Comms Primary - GMRS channel 20 (462.675 MHz) Secondary - Ham simplex 146.460 Mhz Recovery gear, first aid kit, fire extinguisher Folding chair, camera Sign-Ups Rig limit: Going to lift the rig limit to 9. After that, we'll put you on standby. Attendees from the previous event get first dibs on a spot for this trip. Please let me know if you can make it on this trip! CONFIRMED 1 - @4x4tographer (lead) 2 - @johnpa 3 - @Curly 4 - @mynr1 5 - @shellback91 6 - @SonoranWanderer 7 - @Ladybug 8 - @Bradywgn71 9 - @Lichen Standby Squad - @We Just Go - -
until9/10 - 9/12/2021: ORP Dirt Formal Gala near Williams, AZ It’s that time of year! Join us for the annual 2021 ORP Dirt Formal Gala in the beautiful ponderosa pines of Williams, AZ. Chock full of fun, family, and dirt – there’s something for everyone! Check out the historic town of Williams and Route 66 Explore scenic trails in the Kaibab National Forest Enter to win some great Offroad Passport swag in a range of epic camp-challenge games And more! So grab the family and come spend a weekend tent or RV camping with us. Don't be that person hearing about all the great stuff you missed for the next whole year - sign up now! DETAILS & SIGNUPS
Seeking 2-3 dedicated/committed volunteers to assist with the planning of the 2021 ORP DIRT FORMAL GALA, our annual fundraiser/camping event! "What is the Gala?" you might ask. Well I'm glad you asked. The Dirt Formal Gala is a family-friendly, 3 day 2 night event, generally held in September/October. The event typically consists of: Camping Our Annual Salsa contest Games & events (such as Navigation Challenge, Tent Erection Challenge, and more) A group trail ride and more! Please DM me if you are interested in volunteering to help plan and host the event! For an example of last year's event, click here. @dzJeepChic @theksmith