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Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:13:28 PM »

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Yes, you read that correctly. This is a totally no cost, brilliantly fun event.


- 3 days
- 3-5 checkpoints per day
- ~240 miles
- Everything from mild to wild
- Teams of 2-4 vehicles (Please, no more than 4 people per team)
- 60 People total Team participation MAX, so 4 people per team = 15 teams.


Itinerary

Byrd's Adventure Center - The basecamp for the event

March 27th - Pre-event social at Byrds Adventure Center. Entry will be free to the pavilion area. Camping or using the trail system at Byrds is an additional fee. Primitive Camping is 8.00 per person per night. Mandatory Team Captain meeting at 7:00 PM, pavilion area at Byrds.
March 28th - Event starts at 7:00 AM. Participants will camp in the National Forest or return to Byrds.
March 29th - Event continues, Participants will camp in the National Forest or return to Byrds.
March 30th - Event contineus, drivers are allowed to start again at 8:00 AM.  Teams should arrive back to Byrds by 12:30 PM. Awards will start around 1:00 PM, depending on the time it takes to total the scores. The event will officially end when the last person ventures home or at 11:59 PM.

Rules:
Mandatory team captain meeting the evening of Thursday, March 27th. Location: pavilion at Byrds Adventure Center.
Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace principles will be followed, any team found to stray from these for non-emergency purposes will be disqualified.
All State, Local, and Federal laws are to be followed (I.E. No alcohol and operating a motor vehicle, fire bans, highway legal vehicles, chainsaws, etc.)
No camping at checkpoints.
I will add more as I can think of them... I am the benevolent dictator of this affair after all.
Some of the checkpoints are located on Private Property. The land owners have been gracious enough to open their particular historic site for public viewing. Please be courteous to the Land Owners and voice your appreciation that they allow visitors access to these buildings.

How this will play out:

-You will register for the event with a team of 2-4 vehicles. I know the Ozark National Forest better than most and 4 vehicles is the breaking point for maneuverability.
-Your checkpoints will be outside of the norm - I will give you certain landmarks or scenic marks and the team captain will photograph ALL TEAM VEHICLES or MEMBERS in a group with the landmark in the photo.  Picture taking will be done with a mobile device, such as an Iphone or Android so the photos can be date/time stamped by the operating system. At the end of the event, the team captain will email all the checkpoint vehicle photos to me at overlandguild@gmail.com
-I may have a Boy Scout writing down teams, times, and all that jazz at certain check points.
-All checkpoints will be in a long/lat format, like this : 35.287106,-93.250977
-Checkpoints will be given to the Team Captain during the Thursday night meeting on paper.
-All checkpoints will be accessible by using legal roadways. These may be County, State, or Forest Service.
-All checkpoints will have been accessed by me, in my Tacoma or 4runner.

Vehicle Requirements:

One vehicle in your group should be equipped with a winch and the knowledge to use it.

Required:
Front/Rear Recovery Points
Full size spare
33" Tire OR one locking differential (Center diffs don't count, sorry) OR ATRAC/Similar

Recommended:
Extended Breathers
Limb risers


Understand that driver experience changes everything - I have seen locked JK's on 37s struggle on things I drove up with no issue on 33's.

How you will be ranked:

-Taking the time stamps on your photos from each day, I will total the time from the first and last photo of each day. I will combine the three days and have your total time. The team with the closest to my ideal time (I will set it with a group of three vehicles, hitting 12 checkpoints, in the most logical order) will win.

How to register:

Find a team. MAKE SURE YOU CAN COMMIT YOUR TIME.

Send me the following information to Overlandguild@gmail.com with the subject ENTRY OOR14 :
Team Name (appropriate!)
Names, vehicles, and experience level.
Emergency contact for each member of your team.
Total Number of people on your team. (This includes kids, passengers, hobos, and/or any other humanoid you may have.)

I will send you a waiver, which must be completed by each person competing.

Prize: I will create a trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Though the event is free, I will invest alot of my time into making this work. Please honor your commitment.

NO COST TO ENTER OR COMPETE!

FAQ

Q:Why such short notice? My life is hard to plan. Something about being a young professional with no idea what I'll do or where I will end up does that.

Q:Will everyone start at once?

We will have a "Rally Start" starting around 7:00 AM on Friday morning. Captains will draw hats to see the order they will start. Teams will start 10-15 minutes apart.

As the team is given the list of checkpoints on Thursday, they will have to formulate a plan and see what the BEST route to take will be. Is it from east to west? Or north to south? Or south to North?The teams will have a choice of what checkpoint they want to start with in that sense.

Q:GPS or Paper Maps?

You could use paper maps. I recommend googling the coordinates and seeing how easy it could be made...  ;)

Q:Why only 60 people for team participation?

As this is low key, I did not go through the permitting process. The USFS has a limit to the number of people that can participate in an non-permit event, the number is 75, and I want to be safely below that. I figure 60 participants would be ample for the first run, and with the volunteers we will run very close to the limit. If this kicks off well and everyone enjoys it (I have no doubt that will be the case) I will pursue the permit and see if we can have more participants next time.
 

Q:What if we want to bring more people but they don't want to compete?

As long as they aren't doing the challenge or associating with the the OOR14 group until the end ceremony (held on private land) than they are free to do their own thing.

Q:Will checkpoints be given out each day? Or will a lump sum of checkpoints be given out at the beginning for each specific day?
Also, is there a final camp for everyone each night that teams must reach?

The checkpoints will be given out on Thursday evening to the team captain. Teams are free to do the check points in any order, but are limited to no more than 5 checkpoints per day. The goal is to find the most logical route and have an average time closest to mine. There is no final camp each night.

Q:Explain the scoring please. It's not a race correct?

1 minute = 1 point.
1 hour = 60 points.

Let's say my completion of the rally took 10 hours. That's 600 points. You took 11:15 (675 pts) and Kole took 9:45 (585 pts). Kole wins because he is closest to my time.

So...

Every minute counts!

Q:Can I just show up and get the checkpoints but not compete?

No, taking the checkpoints is still considered participating. I cannot prevent you from showing up at Byrd's adventure center and exploring the National Forest, but if I have more than 60 people participate in this event I am likely to be fined a large sum of money.

Q:Is a snorkel mandatory?

No, the main set of check points will be accessible by multiple routes. If the water level is high and crossings unsafe, we will remove that checkpoint. I recommend you be cautious. I have seen these crossings become unpredictable in minutes. If the majority of the group cannot make a specific checkpoint and it is well voiced, I will remove that checkpoint from the Rally.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2014, 11:28:01 AM by Jayston »

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Re: Arkansas Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 09:16:30 PM »
I need two volunteers to help set the time with me. Message me. Volunteers won't be able to compete.

I need a volunteer who is HAM'd up to help run an emergency COM channel.

I need volunteers who will focus on the digital side of this and take crazy pictures.

I need people to help spread the word.

Logo anyone? I have allowed my logo making skills to lapse.

Teams:
Team:
"Spains Last Stand" (4)
Vehicross, 4runner, XJ

"ArkLaTex" (4)
FJ80, FJC, Taco, GX470

"Christian Crawlers Team #2" (4)

"OutdoorX4" (4)

"Rubi-Comm" (4)
Rubicon, Commando

"Backwood Boys and Babes" (4)
FJC, XJ

"Team Lost Boys" (4)
JKU, TJ

"I.D.I.O.T. Camp" (4)

"Truck Dynasty" (4)

"Broken" (4)

"William" (4)

"Garret Overland" (4)
« Last Edit: January 22, 2014, 08:33:12 PM by Jayston »

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 09:40:49 PM »
Jayston sounds sweet bro. I'll work on getting a team and send you info then.
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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 10:10:42 PM »
Don't know if I want to compete or help but will be there for sure.
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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 11:07:39 PM »
I'm interested.  Should I trailer up with the little trucks or is this full size friendly?

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 11:18:34 PM »
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Excellent!
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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 11:21:44 PM »
Hrm ...

about what time does this end on Sunday, or would that give anything away? It's a long ass drive from BFE Arkansas to Austin. (No offense intended.)

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014, 12:05:33 AM »
Was thinking it would end officially by 1pm, but with the overwhelming support and feedback I've had tonight alone, I think I may need to change a few things in terms of organization.

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2014, 12:08:05 AM »
I'm interested.  Should I trailer up with the little trucks or is this full size friendly?

How does a full-size category sound? I can route that similar with a few changes in check points.

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2014, 12:20:34 AM »
Just realized no formatting carries from normal laptop post to the mobile post. Sorry if that is hard to read.

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 08:46:11 AM »
Jayston, this is exciting!

What are the minimum vehicle requirements as well as overview of possible obstacles to be encountered. River crossings, mud pits, ect?

Not sure if I want to compete without a winch.
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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2014, 09:09:54 AM »
I'm interested.  Should I trailer up with the little trucks or is this full size friendly?

How does a full-size category sound? I can route that similar with a few changes in check points.

I'm good with either, so however you decide to proceed.

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2014, 09:18:42 AM »
Jayston, this is exciting!

What are the minimum vehicle requirements as well as overview of possible obstacles to be encountered. River crossings, mud pits, ect?

Not sure if I want to compete without a winch.

That is what the teams are for, having one guy with a winch solves your problems. As far as the rest, it depends on what route you take. There will be some forced water crossings, but I will constantly monitor the conditions.

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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2014, 09:59:43 AM »
Assuming you mean the Thursday before the event is the mandatory team leader meeting?
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Re: Ozark Overland Rally (The beginning) March 28th-30th
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 10:23:19 AM »
Yes, the 27th.