Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 SoCal Mountain Rendevzous

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” 
― Edward Abbey

I was finally able to make it out to my first SoCal Mountain Rendezvous event, put on by the good folks at American Adventurist for the past four years. My daughter and I took our 2000 Jeep Wrangler into the San Bernardino National Forest, while my wife and son stayed home to relax. This event is held at Camp Tahquitz, a Boy Scout camp off Highway 18 just south of Big Bear in southern California.

Like it’s counterpart, Desert Rendezvous, the Mountain Rendezvous is a relatively loose gathering of overlanding and outdoor enthusiast who get together to share stories around camp, explore local off-highway trails and eat some of the amazing food cooked for the dutch oven competition. The 2014 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous was a huge success at all the above and also included a free t-shirt and raffle where lots of folks won some awesome gear from the sponsors of the event. 

I’ll let the pictures below show the rest of the story, but I suggest those who are interested sign up early next year, as these events fills up fast! A big thanks to the whole crew at American Adventurist for hosting another fun and successful gathering.

Packed and ready to go. There's a kid somewhere in there. All this gear stuffed into every nook and cranny of my Jeep fits easily into the back of our Tahoe, which is what we'll be taking to next year's event.

She keeps herself entertained for the most part.

She approves of our home away from home.

Enjoying our coffee and cereal to start off our morning in camp.

Photo by Brent Haywood

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