2017 Appalachian Rendezvous: Official Thread

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American Adventurist is proud to announce the 4th Annual Appalachian Rendezvous in North Carolina!


DATE: The 2017 Appalachian Rendezvous is scheduled for 22-24 Sep 2017 ~ the weekend before Overland Expo East!


SPECIAL NOTE FOR TRIP PLANNING: Appalachian Rendezvous attendees may stay on the UORTC property FREE OF CHARGE between our Appalachian Rendezvous that concludes Sunday, 24 September 2017 and the start of the Overland Expo East in Asheville, NC on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

This close alignment of the 2 events will allow travelers 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!

This year there will be a $20 RSVP fee for each vehicle for the weekend. Online payment link is at the bottom of this forum page (Donate Button).

Once you arrive, there will be a cash donation of $40. All proceeds on site will be donated to the local community in Uwharrie.

DO NOT send me PM's, please pay your $20 non-refundable RSVP fee and post up below in a subsequent post and you will be added to the Official RSVP list (see post #2) once verified.

*American Adventurist also requires a signed hold-harmless agreement from each vehicle.

Here is the "Hold Harmless Agreement"

Mark your calendar now!

Uwharrie Off Road Training Center
4026 NC Highway 109 North
Uwharrie, North Carolina 27371

UORTC is located across from the "Eldorado Outpost", 10 minutes north of Troy, NC and 35 minutes south of Thomasville, NC. One hour from Charlotte, Triad and Ft Bragg and two hours from the Triangle


It is a PRIVILEGE and an HONOR for our community to be allowed use of this world class training area - Again in 2017!


*Campfire restrictions may be in effect depending on weather conditions. No "new" fire rings, only established rings may be used.

Local Services:

● Eldorado Outpost (Grill Menu, Provisions, Fuel, Camping supplies, Free WiFi Hot Spot, Cheerwine Slurpee’s) Open 7 days, 0600-2000
4021 N Carolina 109
Troy, NC 27371

● Groceries/Convenience:

○ Food Lion of Troy (8.5 Miles, 20 min) Open 7 days, 0700-2300
1020 Albemarle Rd
Troy, NC 27371

○ CVS Pharmacy of Troy (8.5 Miles, 20 min) Open 7 days, 0800-2200
1020 Albemarle Rd
Troy, NC 27371

● Hospital:

○ FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital (8 Miles, 20 min) Open 7 days, 24 hours
520 Allen St
Troy, NC 27371


Comm Plan:
Ch 38 for calling
FRS: For short range Ch 3 tone 8
HAM: Simplex 146.52 & 146.460


The Vision:
1. Carolina 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 Fireside Chat: With a real fire. 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. Use ONLY the established fire rings. No new or improvised fire rings!

Additional information for Appalachian Rendezvous Participants:

● Please greatly reduce your speed whenever you are driving in and out of the venue or when travelling on local roads to recreation sites. Our hosts in Eldorado will greatly appreciate it.
● We have a beautiful venue for this event. In order to keep it this way, we ask that you be respectful, clean up all trash, use common sense, and avoid tearing up the fields more than is absolutely necessary. Please Tread Lightly! We greatly appreciate your consideration in this matter and we know our venue host does too.
● We love dogs and believe that there is no better companion to have when you’re on the road, but please note that all dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, no exceptions. This is for their own safety and the safety of others, dogs and humans alike.
● The closest gas station is across the highway so please plan accordingly!
● No open fires will be allowed on the property except in already established fire rings which are distributed on the site. No wood allowed from out of state. Harvesting dead-fall is encouraged and we will try to have ample firewood available for your evening enjoyment, however it is also available for purchase locally.
● Cell reception is extremely limited around the property; however, a WiFi HotSpot is located nearby at the Eldorado Outpost.
● Alcohol is prohibited during ARV event activities except in camp when these activities are complete, and then responsibly. If you feel the need to ignore this rule on the trail or river you will be asked to leave.
● Firearm laws of the State of North Carolina are observed. There are no shooting activities at this event and no firearms are to be discharged on UORTC properties. Sasquatch is known to inhabit this area - he won't bother you if you don't bother him.
● No other motorized vehicles such as quads or ATVs are to be used on UORTC properties without the express permission of the owner.
● OHVs are expected to have common safety equipment and must be registered and insured in accordance with the owner/operators state to operate on NC roadways. Additionally, vehicles should be similarly equipped with front and rear recovery points as well as winch/recovery equipment based upon the trails and conditions.
● Self-sufficiency is an expectation.
● Porta-Potties will be provided at the venue.
● Access to potable water will be available.
● Electrical connections will not be provided for camping.
● Trained EMT’s and First Responders will be on site in case of emergency.

- Please note that this is NOT a commercial event. Bring your own food and water. Bring your own toilet/shower gear.



Sunrise: 07:07 Sunset: 19:16

13:00 - 1900 - ARV17 opens: Registration for guests and camp set-up
Dusk-Taps – Central Campfire Meet-N-Greet – Location: Main Fire Ring

22 SEP 17, FRIDAY Sunrise: 07:08 Sunset: 19:15

08:00 - 17:00 – Registration re-opens for arriving guests.
09:00 – Event tracks commence.

Friday MTB Track – Leader: Jay (mtnbike 28)– Location: Between the Barn and the Fence Line at the Entrance

09:00 – Bikers assemble at the designated location. Introduction and Safety Briefing.
09:30 – Depart for Uwharrie NF MTB Trails.
10:00 – Arrive at Trailhead.
13:00 – Arrive at Rendezvous site.

Friday 4x4 Trail Track – Leader: Tony – Location: Front Gate UORTC Entrance - SPONSORED BY OVERLAND EXPERTS

09:00 – 4x4s, drivers, and passengers gather at the designated location. Introduction and Safety Briefing.
09:30 – Assembled vehicles depart for Grand Overland District off-road driving location.
09:45 – Travel to off-road driving site.
10:00 – Vehicles arrive at site and have fun. TreadLightly!
12:00 - 12:40 – Trailside lunch – site TBD.
15:00 - Tentative finish of OHV trail ride. Vehicles prepare for highway travel and return.
15:30 – Arrive at Rendezvous.

Friday 4x4 Training Track – Leader: Mike – Location: South Side of Barn Field Training Area - SPONSORED BY OVERLAND EXPERTS

09:30 – Introduction to entry-level off-road training.
12:00 - 12:40 – Lunch
12:45 - 16:00 – Obstacle skill driving


16:30 – Personal time
19:00 - TBD – Central Campfire Meet-N-Greet – Location: Main Fire Ring

23 SEP 17, SATURDAY Sunrise: 07:09 Sunset: 19:13

Saturday Float Track – Leader: Matt (BushHead) – Location: Between the Barn and the Front Gate at the Entrance

09:00 - Paddlers gather at the designated location. Introduction and Safety Briefing.
09:30 - Load boats onto Shuttles.
09:45 – Travel to boat launch.
10:00 - Launch boats at Badin Lake, have fun.
12:00 - 12:40 – Ashore lunch – site TBD.
14:00 - Tentative finish of float at the takeout depending on shenanigans.
14:30 – Load watercraft and depart for Rendezvous site.
15:00 – Arrive at Rendezvous site and off-load watercraft.

Saturday 4x4 Trail Track – Leader: Tony – Location: Front Gate UORTC Entrance - SPONSORED BY OVERLAND EXPERTS

09:00 – 4x4s, drivers, and passengers gather at the designated location. Introduction and Safety Briefing.
09:30 – Assembled vehicles depart for Big Creek off-road driving location.
09:45 – Travel to off-road driving site.
10:00 – Vehicles arrive at site and have fun. TreadLightly!
12:00 - 12:40 – Trailside lunch – site TBD.
14:30 - Tentative finish of OHV trail ride. Vehicles prepare for highway travel and return.
15:00 – Arrive at Rendezvous.


15:00 – 17:00 - Personal time. Cooking time. Fire up the Dutch Ovens.
17:00 – Assemble for Pot Luck & Dutch Oven Contest (DOC). Location: Covered carport near main fire ring.
18:00 - ARV17 Raffle commences. DOC winner announced.
19:00 – Evening routine. Shenanigans commence. Location: Main Fire Ring.

24 SEP 17, SUNDAY Sunrise: 07:09 Sunset: 19:12
09:00 – Personal time; pack-up; leave Rendezvous site in better condition than how we received it.
13:00 - ARV17 guests depart.



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.

Also, just stopping by to shamelessly sell your wares and then leaving sends the wrong message and is NOT allowed.

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, Outdoor Retailer, Overland Expo, 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.

BIG thanks to all of the great folks that make these events possible!


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125 RSVP limit this year.

(RSVP is for ONE vehicle and it's occupants, not for one vehicle "plus a buddy and his rig" etc)



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This supersedes all previous notices.


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