Your very own Rebelle

Discussion in 'MT- 406 Cruisers' started by wklywilderness, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. wklywilderness

    wklywilderness Lady with a Lexus SILVER Star

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    A few of you have requested this so here it is! My name is Elise, I'm a part of 406 Cruisers and I'm competing in the 2018 Rebelle Rally this fall with my teammate Mercedes. Our 3rd (and most important) teammate is the "Bomber Products Tacoma" you guys see on a regular basis. I will be posting detailed updates of our journey as we prepare, and in October I will share the link to follow the Rally in REAL TIME during the race as we navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint. You can also visit teamfreerangedames.com for more information.

    The Rebelle Rally is a multi-day women's offroad navigational challenge, where teams compete to find the greatest number of checkpoints the old school way: using only a map and compass (no GPS!) Checkpoints vary in difficulty both to find and to actually drive to, and winning requires strategic route planning, time management and smart driving. We start at Lake Tahoe and make our way to San Diego. We also go through Glamis Sand Dunes along the way! More info at rebellerally.com
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    This is one of the biggest, craziest projects I've ever undertaken and I'm absolutely thrilled to be actually doing it. Signing up for the Rebelle Rally has motivated me to really push my limits and I have learned so much and already become a much more confident driver and navigator. The amount of encouragement and support we have gotten has blown me away.

    So... what are the recent developments so far? Mercedes and I started preparing after Expo West by going to a 2 day intensive training in the Cinder Hills near Flagstaff, held by Nena Barlow and the 2017 winning team. We got to practice driving in the cinders (not quite sand, but close enough!), plotting checkpoints and finding them using only our compass and map.

    Since then we've been focusing on outreach and practicing solo. Mercedes recently visited some nearby sand dunes for some extra driving practice and crushed it! Meanwhile, I did some snow wheeling (the snow was a surprise!) up by Phillipsburg with a 4x4 group from Helena who were fantastic teachers and had me cruising through 3ft of heavy June snow and feeling like 10x the driver I was by the end!
    Since I'm the main navigator for the Rebelle, I also ordered some nifty map rulers and am going to be doing some navigation practice. If anyone is interested in learning and practicing analog navigation and plotting with me in the Bozeman area I'd love to have you as an honorary team member :)

    That's it for now, but please subscribe to this thread, bookmark the website or follow us on IG or FB (@teamfreerangedames) for more.
     
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    Way to go! Looking forward to the updates and we hope you bring home the gold!
     
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    I'd be interested in learning analog navigation. Send me a pm and we can chat
     
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    How exciting! Best of luck!!
     
  5. wklywilderness

    wklywilderness Lady with a Lexus SILVER Star

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    So I recently came back from a trip to North West Overland Rally, which was a huge success. For any of you who haven't been, it's a ton of fun and way more relaxed than Expo. There were a ton of great vendors and classes. Notably, there was a phenomenal turnout of women, including the Rebelle Rally itself and a contingent of previous competitors and staff, the Women Overlanding the World crew (who have just released a book!) and many many others.

    Mercedes and I had the opportunity to chat with Emily Miller (founder of the Rebelle) about some tips to be successful during the competition and while preparing. We did some strategy talk, took some photos, and got to participate in some helpful classes and practice our skills on checkpoints set up all around the rally. Spotting the signs amongst the hustle and bustle was almost as hard as figuring out where they should be located!

    I found a really awesome map of the Bozeman area with which to do some analog geocaching for practice. If should be interesting! I'll post up some photos of the adventures.

    We're starting to hit crunch time as far as fundraising for the entry fee. It's a hefty $12,000 (which includes permitting, food, safety equipment, recovery crews, camera crews and a miriad other things). On top of that we have to pay for important equipment, fuel, travel costs, etc. So far we have raised $4,540 of our $18k goal which is awesome! If any of you have any fundraising ideas or would be willing to help me throw a fundraiser party, let me know! I can repay in beer and homemade cookies :)

    Again for those of you keen to follow along, you can see and share updates on our social media (@teamfreerangedames) or at teamfreerangedames.com
    And of course I will continue to add to this post!

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    Nice! Perhaps some sponsorship $$$? Also how about a gofundme page?
     
  7. wklywilderness

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    Definitely great ideas! We have a gofundme here and are working on potential sponsors. It's tough though because although we've had plenty of gear offers, we mostly need cash which is harder to come by. So, in person fundraisers are becoming a part of the plan.
     
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