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    29th Annual Rubithon 2017

    Note: This is a date change for Rubithon!

    I'm still confirming all the run information, but wanted to put the dates out for the 29th annual Rubithon so people can schedule their vacations.

    The dates are from Tuesday July 11th through Sunday July 16th, 2017.

    Some important information: CalStar is now a part of AirMedCare Network. As such, the cost have raised but so have the benefits. I will be doing a separate thread that will list all the information concerning the changes. Here is a link: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/cal...others.961773/

    Once we have the registration forms completed and updated the Rubithon webpage, I will post a link here as well.
    Last edited by bad coco; February 28th, 2017 at 05:31 PM.
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    Happy to announce the online registration for the 29th Annual Rubithon is now live and active on http://www.rubithon.com/registration/index.shtml

    Here is the registration link directly: https://tlca.org/rubithon-registration/

    If you normally are a Lead or Committee member, I will be doing my best to email you the correct link directly.

    Thanks for your patients and hope that this year’s form is even easier than last years.

    In addition to the air ambulance insurance we have still continue to offer through your registration, there is a separate offer from our partners at AirMedCare Network. They now offer a Fly U Home plan. Contact me if you are attending Rubithon itself and would like a PDF of this information.

    The air ambulance and Fly U Home plan is open to all TLCA members and those that wheel our trails whether or not you will be attending Rubithon this year. Information on how this additional product works visit the TLCA Events link here: https://tlca.org/wp-content/uploads/...p-Brochure.pdf

    For tracking purposes, it is preferred that you sign up for the air ambulance portion directly with your Rubithon registration, but is not required. If you prefer you can sign up directy with them using our discount code. But make sure you don’t do both as you will be charged twice.

    Thanks again and look forward to seeing everyone on the trail this year!
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    Just as a heads up, if you register between Jan 31st and February 12th, I will not be able to send you the full confirmation unitl after February 14th as I will be at the King of the Hammers. Stop by Yukon 116 for the VP Racing 4612 if you are down there!

    Happy Wheeling!
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    Happy to report our guys did awesome and won the 4600 class! We also competed in the 4400 class and was able to finish in regulation and placed 42nd. Not too shabby for our first time in a 4400 car.

    I'm back and almost caught up, so if there are any questions call or email away!
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    Congratulations to Andy Pollock. You are our January winner for the extra grand prize raffle ticket. You name will go back in the mix and will be eligible for future drawings as well.

    For the rest of you, the sooner you get your registrations in, the more chances to get extra grand prize raffle tickets!
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    Well anyone that has been following the weather and snow pack here in California has probably seen this coming, but here is the official update. After much discussion with those that live in the Tahoe area, those with a lot more history on the Rubicon in the spring, the Rubicon Trail Foundation and with the heads of other events, I have come to the conclusion we need to change the dates for this year’s Rubithon. The new dates will be July 11th-16th.

    I have run this past the TLCA President, and my predecessor, Tony Twiddy, and they are in full agreement. My hope is to make this change with enough notice as to not affect travel plans and vacation selection. I have contacted all of the run leads and all of the runs will remain unchanged with the exception of the new dates.

    I’m sure there will be many questions, so let me try to answer some of them before the phone calls start.

    1. Why are you doing this?

    With the amount of snow in the Tahoe area and the forecasted snow still to come, even the local ski resorts are stating they will be open through July 4th.

    This amount of snow can present a safety hazard due to the potential snow drifts and water crossing drop offs on the Tahoma side, and greatly influence whether the trail is even passable.

    2. Can’t we just go in through the Loon side and exit the same way?

    Yes, there is a possibility we can get in and out via Loon. However there are 2 issues that make me think this is not wise. First, there is the real possibility that the Rubicon will be closed at times by El Dorado County during the run off do to water levels on the trail to prevent soil erosion. Second, I think we would not be being good stewards of the trail to have that many rigs on it while conditions are that wet, even if the trail is not closed.

    3. What happened to the idea of just camping at South Fork Campground or Airport Flat and doing day trips?

    Same reasons as listed in #2 above.

    4. How did you come up with those dates?

    I first found out what dates were available for us to be able to use the Springs. This was the only one available that did not interfere with other local events, work projects on the trail and schools being back into session. We have such a large number of our participants with school age children, that it was felt there would be too much of an impact if the kids where back in school. In addition, the other date available is in the middle of fire season. Several of our leads, including the chairman J, are either firefighters or police officers.

    5. What if I’ve already registered and I can’t make those dates?

    I will fully refund your registration. The only thing that I would not refund is your AirMedCare Network membership and TLCA membership. Those items are still good and the monies have already been sent to them. If this creates a hardship, contact me and we can work something out.

    6. What if there is still too much snow or water run of with the new dates?

    That issue is still being worked out. We are looking at other SVRA’s where we might be able to do the event on those dates.

    7. What should we expect in the Springs?

    It will likely be a wet year, I would definitely plan on a lot of bug spray. Also, there was already a large release of water that we believe may have severely flooded the Springs requiring a lot of clean up. Bring a positive attitude if it is not the normally well-kept lawn we enjoy. Also, be prepared for “rustic camping” also known as bring your own bumper dumper or PETT toilet. It is believed many of the restrooms may have become canoes and will need to be brought back into position. BE PREPARED!

    8. Will we have company?

    Maybe. I have been talking with my counterparts at Jeepers Jamboree. They have the same concerns and may need to do more than their normal 1 work party before their event. If so, they will try to use a small area for camping and will be joining us for dinner on Saturday night. We are all there for the trail and to enjoy the Springs, so I hope all will see them as our fellow wheelers and welcome them.

    9. Are there any other special considerations?

    Yes. There has already been a lot of road and infrastructure damage related to the rains. Plan extra time to get to your check in location. For example, Hwy 50 is down to 2 lanes at Bridal Veil Falls due to road collapse. I would not be surprised if more issues develop with storms yet to come. You will want to check on the status of road closures before you depart. One good site is www.quickmap.dot.ca.gov

    All registration links have been updated to reflect the new dates for Rubithon. If there are any other questions, feel free to email me at [email protected] or call me at 530-401-0800.

    Thanks for your understanding and cooperation,
    Eric
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    Don't forget that with all the rainfall and snow, lakes are going to be full for the first time in years and some trails like Fordyce may be closed. This may lead to more users in the available recreation areas than in recent years and full hotels throughout the summer. We are already seeing signs of cabin fever at the lower elevations with unexpected campground fill ups even with the cold and storms and boating has already started for some of the die-hard types at Lahontan and Washoe lakes.
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    Congrats to Andy Hagin, our winner for February’s extra grand prize raffle ticket drawing. His name gets put back in the mix for future drawings as well.


    As posted earlier, the new date has been set for July 11-16th. Now get those registrations in!

    Eric
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    Hello everyone. Just a reminder today is the last day to get your registrations in to be included in this months extra grand prize raffle ticket drawing.

    Happy wheeling!
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