2015 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous: Official Thread

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American Adventurist is proud to announce the 5th Annual SoCal Mountain Rendezvous


DATE: This event is scheduled for 28-30 August 2015

RSVP (with a signed Hold Harmless) is required to be on the property.

This is a closed event and not open to the public. See RSVP list below.

Camp Tahquitz on Highway 38 (approx. 30 miles from Big Bear) 640 acres at an elevation of 6,500 ft


The Camp belongs to the Long Beach Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a PRIVILEGE and an HONOR for our community to be allowed use of this world class BSA Camp - again in 2015!

This year there will be a small donation of $40 for each vehicle for the weekend. Since this is a non-profit community event, proceeds will be donated to the BSA for camp maintenance. The BSA needs our help - your donations support the Boy Scouts of America!

*BSA also requires a signed hold-harmless agreement from each vehicle. Dogs must be on leashes and cleaned up after.

*Campfire restrictions are in effect (extreme fire danger - no campfires), see below.

NO wood campfires or charcoal at MRV this year. STRICT fire ban in effect.

Propane grills, stoves and fire pits are OK.

Here is the "Hold Harmless Agreement" the camp requires.
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Turn off Highway 38 onto Jenks Lake road

Turn left off of Jenks Lake road onto Barton Flats road

CAMP ENTRANCE LOCATION: N34 09.913' W116 53.697'

Camp entrance on left from Barton Flats road (note small gate, this dirt road goes down the hill into camp). DO NOT COME IN THROUGH MAIN GATE ON HYWY 38!

Sat photo of the Camp:

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Off Road Trails in the Area to Explore:


-There are multiple bathrooms with real toilets!

**Fire Restrictions ARE In Effect Again This Year!**
1. Campfires TBD - they may or may not be allowed. (Campfire in a Can is OK i.e. propane)
2. Dutch Ovens/coaling are a go - ONLY at main fire ring just like last year
3. Mojoe is a go for Saturday morning pancake breakfast at main fire ring.
4. NO CHARCOAL at any of the outer areas/fire rings. ONLY at the main fire ring.
5. Propane BBQ's/stoves/devices are OK.

Common sense applies folks. We're in a historic drought cycle, let's not be the ones to burn down our favorite spot!!!

Camping is also available nearby for those extending their journey before and after the Rendezvous: http://bigbear.us/sanbernardinomountains.html

Dispersed camping in the area: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/f...ernardino+National+Forest+-+Dispersed+Camping

Comm Plan:
Ch 38 for calling
FRS: For short range Ch 3 tone 8
HAM: Simplex 146.52 & 146.460
Ham Repeaters:
Option 1
146.385 + PL 146.2 on Keller Peak
Option 2
147.330 + PL 131.8 in Big Bear (Sugarloaf or Sugurlump Mtn.?)
Option 3
147.645 - PL 103.5 in Big Bear Valley


The Vision:
1. SoCal Casual: Come as you are!
2. Laid Back: No schedule other than the date.
3. Mountain Man Rendezvous meets Overland Meet and Greet.
4. Swap Meet: Bring things to trade or sell or barter (this is NOT a commercial event!).
5. Meet People: Network, maybe teach each other a few things and check out cool rigs.
6. Real Chat: With a real people. Share food and beverages of your choice.

The Ground Rules:
1. Common Sense.
2. Respect for Others.
3. Self Sufficiency.
4. Tread Lightly.
5. Leave it better than the way we found it!
6. Speed limit in camp is 5 mph, strictly enforced for safety (kids, dogs). Make no dust.
7. NO Campfires. NO charcoal. Propane only.

- Please note well in advance that this will NOT be a commercial event. Bring your own food and water. Bring your own toilet/shower gear.

This informal community gathering is designed so that members of American Adventurist and other groups can meet each other in person.


1200 Arrivals. Check in will be by the main fire pit (see map).
1700 Happy Hour and MRV Swap Meet followed by propane campfire

0800 Breakfast TBD
0900 Trail Runs! Hiking! Mountain Biking! Whatever!
1200 Lunch
1300 Trail Runs! Hiking! Mountain Biking! Nap time!
1530 MRV T-shirt distribution at main fire pit. Have your shirt ticket in hand, sizes are first come first serve!
1630 Group Photo TBD
1700 Potluck/Dutch Oven Competition (Remember the 2015 Desert Rendezvous?) - NO CHARCOAL/FIRES - Propane only!
1800 MRV Raffle followed by relaxation


0900 Trail Runs! Hiking! Mountain Biking! Whatever!
1200 Camp inspected and cleared. Zero residuals.




While this is not a commercial event, in keeping with the tradition which began at the first SoCal Desert Rendezvous back in 2011, vendors are encouraged to attend and if they happen to sell a few things to friends out of the back of their rig that's their beeswax. Just no tables, Ezy-ups etc. Again, this is not a commercial event this is just for fun.

Vendors are people too and I know they look forward to events where they can unwind and just be themselves vice SEMA, OEX, etc. That's what the Rendezvous events are all about so if you work in this industry, but don't want to work, come on out!

If you are a vendor and are interested in getting in on sponsorship or the raffle please contact me via PM... thanks.

ARV raffle.jpg

Big thanks to all the great folks that help make these events possible!


Basic Requirements for Attendance:
Paper Maps, Compass and GPS. If you can't find the Rendezvous with the directions given, you may need a different hobby... :D
Full fuel tank!
Basic Personal Essentials & Provisions (water, food, hygiene, tent, sleeping bags)
Spare Tire, Full Size
Jack and tire iron to change your tire
Tow strap/Recovery Kit
Real, solid vehicle recovery points
Basic Tool Kit
Spare Key for vehicle
Trash bags
TP/Wag bags
First Aid Kit, prescription meds

MRV 2015

Since this event has grown and now spans several groups, regular updates will be made here and to the American Adventurist FB page to ensure we all get the word.
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This is the official 2015 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous RSVP list. There is a limit of 120 vehicles this year with a $40 donation to the BSA per vehicle.

THIS LIST is the only way to RSVP for Mountain Rendezvous. Do not send me PM's, please post here in this thread and we will add you to the list.

Please provide the following info when you post: User name and shirt size. If you do not provide a size, you will not get a shirt.

RSVP is for ONE vehicle and it's occupants, not for one vehicle "plus a buddy and his rig" etc. One shirt per RSVP.

1. Dave - XL
2. Stuart - 2XL
3. Brent Haywood Photography - XL
4. BlkWgn - 2XL
5. jjstahl3 - XL
6. Tembo Tusk - XL
7. Mojoe Outfitters - 3XL
8. Brian / Goose Gear - XL
9. Matt / Goose Gear - XL
10. Chazz Layne - S
11. NuggetTron - L
12. shadetreetim - Added from wait list after shirt order...
13. jmiller110 - No size provided - no shirt ordered
14. USAF04 - M
15. woodienut - XL
16. socal80 - L
17. steve c - XL
18. hove102 - L
19. Soul_Control - No size provided - no shirt ordered
20. Dennx - L
21. Roverdoctor - L
22. jmiller110 - L
23. 1FZJ80 - XL
24. JohnGalt - XL
25. jismay - XL
26. FJRanger - L
27. Scott307 - XL
28. redearthandsage - M
29. Borrego60 - 2XL
30. Shutterbuglewis - XL
31. bob91yj - XL
32. zeeeter - XL
33. ventura911 - 2XL
34. JKOperator - L
35. Guri - M
36. KevinPham - Added from wait list after shirt order...
37. Matt - XL
38. Turtleback Trailers - XL
39. SoCal_80 - L
40. Big Dave - 3XL
41. brentbba - XL
42. yodaTEQ - L
43. Jeremy2013 - L
44. LJ turbo - 3XL
45. Team Balls Out - 2XL
46. rvdb - L
47. hardhat - L
48. Suntinez - 2XL
49. Wolverine350r - L
51. Jon Nelson - 2XL
52. BFW18 - L
53. shakotankei - M
55. sbright - L
56. amaesing - M
57. fourwheelsgood - M
58. The Adventure Portal - No size provided - no shirt ordered
59. Leitner Designs - No size provided - no shirt ordered
60. Gear - XL
61. Graybeard - L
62. Gooseberry - Added from wait list after shirt order...
63. briansocal - No shirt wanted
65. TD64 - L
66. JackCovers - L
67. Baja95 - XL
68. chikunsoup - L
69. Grizzley - XL
70. LadyYodaTEQ - M
71. EmpiresServant - XL
72. mtngote - L
73. gotmud? - XL
74. FBinSD - L
75. anneinsd - Added from wait list after shirt order...
76. dirtdustand4x4 - XL
77. sPod guys - Added from wait list after shirt order...
78. Chevurai - 2XL
79. Tienckb - Added from wait list after shirt order...
80. 05tacoMedic - XL
81. Richard310 - S
82. brian90744 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
83. Tugs - M
84. weezerbot - Added from wait list after shirt order...
85. johnoffullerton - L
86. David Croyle - L
87. Paul.FZJ80 -XXL
88. vankong - L
89. brianblair - M
90. Jharrisusmc - L
91. shanz3n5
92. cciedave - M
93. SunnyD - Added from wait list after shirt order...
94. Sirwin13 - L
95. Taugust - XL
96. brubar79 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
97. Raine - XL
98. ProForce - XL
99. Abe_est - L
100. tubey1 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
101. azmiik - 2XL
102. Sage Bromax - XL
103. 1leg - Added from wait list after shirt order...
104. bonards29 - L
105. Daedalus - 2XL
106. Marla - M
107. Rubiconcruiser - L
108. Tank80 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
109. Andranin - Added from wait list after shirt order...
110. wc6glenn - 2XL
111. EwokPoacher - Added from wait list after shirt order...
112. PabloVTA - 3XL
113. mig79 - 3Xl
114. FJC8871 - L
115. Drubish
116. Twelve1 - L
117. Maverick - XL
118. 1020outfitters - L
119. Yayo - L
120. Motopig77 - XL

*121. CVT Tents


1. hove102 - L - ADDED TO LIST ABOVE
2. Scott307 - XL - ADDED TO LIST ABOVE
3. Jfanaselle - XXL - DECLINED
4. GRZLY - No size provided - Added from wait list after shirt order...
5. anneinsd - Added from wait list after shirt order...
6. brian90744 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
7. Andranin - Added from wait list after shirt order...
8. KevinPham -Added from wait list after shirt order...
9. brubar79 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
10. Tienckb - Added from wait list after shirt order...
11. Tank80 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
12. Suntinez - Added
13. shanz3n5 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
14. Drubish - Added from wait list after shirt order...
15. EwokPoacher - Added from wait list after shirt order...
16. 1leg - XL - Added from wait list after shirt order...
17. tubey1 - Added from wait list after shirt order...
18. shadetreetim - Added from wait list after shirt order...
19. weezerbot - Added from wait list after shirt order...
20. SunnyD - XL - Added from wait list after shirt order...

*Waiting list limit is 20. FULL & CLOSED

*Rules subject to change at any time without prior notification. Offer void where prohibited. Some restrictions apply. Sometime, but not all the time. Offer not valid in any of the former countries of the Soviet Union. Any resemblance to real persons, living or walking dead is purely coincidental. May be too intense for some. For recreational use only. Subject to change on a whim. Times approximate. Posting a reply constitutes agreement. For off-highway use only. Not politically correct. Not as seen on TV. One size fits all. Contains a substantial amount of traditional American ingredients. For outdoor use only. List was current at time of printing. Not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from any defect, error or failure to perform. Falling rock. Deep sand. Possible carnage. Must be present to win. Your check stub is your receipt. Avoid contact with skin. Sanitized for your protection. Sign here without admitting guilt. Slightly higher east of the Mississippi. Staff and their families are not eligible. Beware of dog. Beware of kid. Limited time offer, call now to ensure prompt delay. No swag without proper RSVP. Keep away from fire or flames. Approved for US veterans. Check here if tax deductible. Liberals attend event at extreme risk of shattered stereotypes and fun. Some equipment shown is optional. Price does not include taxes. No Canadian coins. No Mexican coins. No Baht or Won. No solicitors. No banthas. No anchovies unless otherwise specified. First pull up, then pull down. Some of the trademarks mentioned in this product appear for identification purposes only. AAV is a registered trademark of AAV. Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. No transfers issued until the Sportsmobile comes to a complete stop. Your mileage may vary. This article does not reflect the thoughts or opinions of either myself, my company, my friends, or my dog. Don't quote me on that. Don't quote me on anything. All rights reserved. You may distribute this article freely but you may not make a profit from it. Terms are subject to change without notice. Illustrations are slightly enlarged to show detail. Do not remove this disclaimer under penalty of law. For a limited time only. This article is void where prohibited, taxed, or otherwise restricted. Use of this article in a manner not in conformance with labeling may be a violation of Federal, State, or Local Laws, Statutes, or Regulations and may or may not subject the user to maximum enforcement under these laws, statutes, or regulations. Caveat emptor. Event is provided "as is" without any warranties. Reader assumes full responsibility. Quantities are limited while supplies last. If any defects are discovered, too bad. Read at your own risk. Limit one-per-family please. No money down. No purchase necessary. Offer valid only at participating Rendezvous sites. Slightly higher west of the Rockies. Allow four to six weeks for delivery. Maybe. Not affiliated with Mordor or the International Empire. Disclaimer does not cover misuse, accident, lightning, flood, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption, earthquake, hurricanes and other Acts of God, neglect, damage from incorrect line voltage, improper or unauthorized tinkering, broken antenna or marred paint, missing or altered sheetmetal, electromagnetic radiation from nuclear blasts, sonic boom vibrations, customer modifications that are not covered in this list, and incidents owing to an airplane crash, ship sinking or taking on water, motor vehicle crashing, dropping off a cliff, falling rocks, leaky roof, broken glass, mud slides, fire, or projectile (which can include, but not be limited to, arrows, bullets, buckshot, BB's, shrapnel, lasers, napalm, torpedoes, emissions of X-rays, Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays, knives, stones, dung, spitballs etc.). BS Certification may be required for acceptance at some campsites. Affiliated with a bunch of ARSES and Country Fried Mofos. Not Overland Certified. This message approved by the Rendezvous Conspiracy. Other restrictions may apply.

This supersedes all previous notices.
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If you are on the East Coast, be sure to attend our Appalachian Rendezvous at Uwharrie Off Road Training Center in North Carolina 25-27 September 2015 - the weekend before Overland Expo East in Asheville!


SPECIAL NOTE FOR EAST COAST TRIP PLANNING: Appalachian Rendezvous attendees may stay on the UORTC property FREE OF CHARGE between our Appalachian Rendezvous that concludes Sunday, 27 September 2015 and the start of the Overland Expo in Asheville, NC on Thursday, 01 October 2015.

This close alignment of the 2 events will allow travellers to attend both, first doing stuff, and second learning stuff, while in between the two exploring the many exciting things available to explore in North Carolina. Hopefully this will encourage participants to plan for a trip of a little longer duration and "check" 2 boxes!
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By adding my name to this list I'm guaranteeing I will be on duty or in the field. But: Andy, large
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