Another season of off-road adventure has arrived, and Jeep® Jamboree USA has a full schedule of events all across the United States for Jeep brand enthusiasts to tackle the trails, convene with other adventure seekers and maybe — just maybe — get a little muddy doing it.
Knowledge is power, so as you prepare to hit the trails, the Jeep Blog has some insight and tips on Jeep Jamboree USA. Are you ready for the adventure?
THE TRADITION OF JEEP® JAMBOREE USA
Jeep Jamboree USA has been guiding off-road trail rides for well over half a century. The long tradition dates back to 1953, when founder and off-road legend Mark A. Smith organized the first voyage across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of California’s near-mythical Rubicon Trail.
Smith went on to lead the Expedicion de las Americas — a 20,000-mile odyssey from the bottom of South America to the top of North America — in 1978-79, crossing the infamous Darien Gap. He also headed the 1987 Camel Trophy expedition in Madagascar.
In 1954, Willys Motors — then the manufacturer of Jeep vehicles — became involved with the adventure, and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since. With such a strong 4×4 lineage, Jeep Jamboree USA, officially founded in 1982, quickly established itself as a leader in the four-wheel-drive community.
Jeep Jamboree USA events are family-oriented excursions. There are no requirements on skill level; anyone with a sense of adventure, from novices to experts, can participate. Experienced guides help navigate scenic switchbacks and backcountry trails, so you can see first-hand just what your Jeep vehicle is capable of, all while in the company of other off-road adventure seekers.
Whether you’re new to the 4×4 scene or a muddied veteran, there’s a trail somewhere in the United States with your tire tracks written all over it. Below we’ve provided a few tips on preparing for your next Jeep Jamboree outing, as well as a list of upcoming events for 2015.
TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR JEEP® JAMBOREE USA EXCURSION
Preparation is essential for any Jeep Jamboree USA event, since many of the trips cover multiple days and crisscross challenging, remote territories. To make the events safe for everyone, CB radios are mandatory for all Jeep vehicles. This allows trail guides to alert drivers about potential obstacles or safety issues. These radio transmissions also enhance the experience with local facts and stories.
In addition, all Jeep vehicles must be equipped with four-wheel drive with a low range (4-LO) transfer case. Other mandatory items include roll bars on open-top models, a full-size spare tire and front and rear tow points. All Jeep vehicles must be street legal with current license plate to attend the events.
Beyond bringing the mandatory items, your experience may be enhanced if you come prepared for the elements. It’s recommended that Jeep Jamboree USA event attendees bring warm clothes, insect repellent and sunscreen, a flashlight with batteries, camera, chair and a cooler for non-alcoholic beverages (alcohol is not permitted on any trail ride). A heavy-duty 20-foot nylon tow strap (7,000-lb. max vehicle weight) with looped ends is also recommended.
Jeep Trail Rated® vehicles are ready for off-road adventures straight off the assembly line. For those who like to add personal Mopar parts and accessories, additional recommendations and guidelines for modifications can be found at jeepjamboreeusa.com.
2015 JEEP® JAMBOREE USA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
What started on the Rubicon Trail has spread across the country — a testament to the founders and to those who know how to Go Anywhere, Do Anything®. Visit Jeep Jamboree for details, and check out the schedule of events, below, to see if there’s anything happening in your neck of the woods:
|6th Badlands 2015||May 28 – May 30||Attica, Indiana|
|1st Tillamook 2015 – NEW! – New This Year!||Jun 11 – Jun 13||Tillamook, Oregon|
|23rd Drummond Island 2015||Jun 18 – Jun 20||Drummond Island, Michigan|
|18th Penn’s Woods 2015||Jun 18 – Jun 20||Bradford, Pennsylvania|
|14th Silver Valley 2015||Jun 25 – Jun 27||Mullan-Wallace, Idaho|
|9th Killington 2015||Jul 16 – Jul 18||Killington, Vermont|
|20th Northwoods – Mole Lake 2015||Jul 16 – Jul 18||Crandon, Wisconsin|
|4th Coal Mountain 2015||Jul 30 – Aug 01||Shamokin, Pennsylvania|
|3rd Roof of the Rockies 2015||Jul 30 – Aug 01||Snowmass-Aspen, Colorado|
|18th Rubicon Trail 2015||Aug 06 – Aug 09||The Rubicon Trail, CA|
|7th Big Horn Mountains 2015||Aug 20 – Aug 22||Dayton, Wyoming|
|28th Ouray 2015||Sep 03 – Sep 05||Ouray, Colorado|
|18th Catskill Mountains 2015||Sep 17 – Sep 19||Monticello, New York|
|23rd Black Hills 2015||Sep 24 – Sep 26||Deadwood, South Dakota|
|26th Maine Mountains 2015||Oct 01 – Oct 03||Bethel, Maine|
|2nd Ozark Adventure 2015||Oct 01 – Oct 03||Ozark, Arkansas|
|1st Uwharrie 2015 NEW! – New This Year!||Oct 08 – Oct 10||Troy, North Carolina|
|26th Ouachita 2015||Oct 15 – Oct 17||Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|22nd Gateway to the Cumberlands 2015||Oct 22 – Oct 24||Williamsburg, Kentucky|
|17th Moab 2015||Oct 22 – Oct 24||Moab, Utah|
|6th Cullman Alabama 2015||Oct 29 – Oct 31||Cullman, Alabama|
|2nd Greenbrier Valley 2015||Nov 05 – Nov 07||White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia|
If you share the adventurous spirit necessary to conquer the outdoors, you’re already halfway to the Rubicon Trail. For additional information — and inspiration — on Jeep Jamboree USA events, check out Mark Smith discussing the history of the Rubicon Trail, Jeep engineering and off-road testing.
And Jill Smith, President and CEO of Jeep Jamboree USA, talking about her dad, Mark, and her experiences growing up on the Rubicon Trail.
Do you plan to attend a Jeep Jamboree event this year? What else do you recommend first-timers bring along for the ride?