Join us for the 27th Annual Rubithon
June 23rd thru 28th, 2015

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Rubithon 2015The Rubicon Trail is one of the most challenging and threatened trails in the US. It will test your nerve, your driving skill and your vehicle. One thing you can do to enhance a great Rubicon experience is to ensure your vehicle is safe, well maintained and make certain any known issues are corrected BEFORE you arrive at the trailhead. The potential for body damage and breakage is high and there are no parts stores within a reasonable distance of the trail. With that in mind, your trail spares should travel with you.

Unlike many other events, there is only one trail that leads to the Rubicon Springs. The Runs are just groups that will be departing from different starting points, on different days and are either a 1 or 2 day trip into the Springs. In short, pick a run that meets your departure requirements, your desire whether to eat breakfast with the group before the run and if you want to go straight through to the Springs in one day or have a camp night at Buck Island along the way. Anyone new to wheeling or that has never done the Rubicon, are encouraged to do it as a 2 day trip (any of them that list a camp at Buck.) Also, if you drive a "wagon" I would strongly suggest you try to take the Wagon Run. By doing so, you will have experienced drivers that are familiar with your rigs unique challenges, needs for different lines and rock stacking requirements and more likely to have any spare parts that you may have forgotten.

Each organized run will meet at the trailhead listed for a pre-run safety check, proof of insurance and registration check-in. You will then be led in by a Trail Lead, an experienced wheeler that will help you navigate your way through the trail and help with any issues. In addition, you will have committee members on your run that will help with any problems you may encounter along the way.

Joel MorantonOnce in the Springs, please check in after you get your camp set up. There you will be given your meal tickets, your Grand Prize raffle ticket and a schedule of events for Friday and Saturday. While in the Springs, feel free to explore the area, check out the stone cabin, hike, fish or swim in the beautiful Rubicon River, compete in the horseshoe tournament or the RC Rock Crawler competition, attend an educational class, or just be lazy and enjoy the beauty of the Sierras.

On Friday, Alvaro Rodriquez will again be hosting the “ROCK CHEF” competition, so if you think you can throw down with camp cooking this may be for you.   Look here for details.  Friday, after Rock Chef, come hang out in the Springs and enjoy the camaraderie of the Marauder’s Bar.

On Saturday, you can start your morning off with a pastry breakfast in the Springs. In the afternoon, there will be educational classes, a horseshoe tournament and a RC rock crawling competition. Back by popular demand, we will be having a wine tasting event to support the Rubicon Trail Foundation before dinner, for an additional fee of $25/person. Emily and Jennifer Stayner and crew have an incredible dinner planned, topped off with a raffle sure to impress.

On Sunday, we will have committee members on Cadillac Hill from 7-2 to help everyone exit expediently. Please stay in your vehicle and we will stack rocks or set up any winching that may need to be done. If you choose to exit later in the day, or to exit back via Loon, you may do so, but you will not have the Rubithon Committee there to help and will be on your own.

The Rubicon Trail is located in the high Sierra’s and accordingly, the weather can be very unpredictable. Bring swimsuits, rain gear and even a coat that will work in the snow (not kidding!) Also, bring gloves, eye protection and plenty of sunscreen and mosquito spray! There are bears in the area, so be bear smart -- don’t leave food lying around in camp and definitely keep it out of your tents!

The Rubicon Trail requires a "pack it in – pack it out" policy. You will only be able to burn paper trash from the dinners. It is imperative that you take any trash, including cans and bottles, back to your campsite to take with you when you leave the trail. Please do not throw any of these or like items into the fire as it is improper and just plain rude to our committee guys that have to clean up your trash. Remember that we are camping on private property and if we are not good trail users, we could lose the privilege of holding our event here!

Lastly, the Rubicon Trail falls under county and federal jurisdictions, and as such, is likely to be patrolled by law enforcement. Drinking and driving will not be tolerated, and violators may be cited and/or arrested. In short, save the drinking for camp and don’t drink and drive!

For more information, and updates from others planning to attend, check out the official 27th Rubithon thread on IH8MUD.com.

Please apply by May 22nd to ensure we have enough food, T-shirts and to save yourself the $25 late fee. Don't delay! Registrations received after May 31st will only be eligible for our basic registration. This means you will not be able to order merchandise, meals or receive discounted registration levels.

We encourage you to join us for as many TLCA events as you can find time for, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015 for the 27th Anniversary Rubithon Event!

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