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Thread: Midwest Overland Society - Northwoods Rendezvous 3.0

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    Default Midwest Overland Society - Northwoods Rendezvous 3.0

    Rendezvous 3.0 is on the calendar! Once again for the 3rd year running (hence 3.0) Midwest Overland Society will be hosting a free gathering of overlanders in northern MN outside of Backus MN at the Foothills Horse Camp. https://www.google.com/maps/place/46...6!4d-94.540321

    The date is set for Friday September 15th through Sunday the 17th.

    This year we will once again have the main part of the camp grounds and use of the lighted pavilion with refrigerators along with water. Located approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities, the site abuts the Foothills State Forest, providing convenient access to miles trails. The camp itself is a large site with camp sites set among pine trees with a pavilion for meeting space and a number of rustic outhouses.

    Purpose of the event:

    This will be an expo style event. The purpose will be to attract as many people from the MOS forum, and across the Midwest, to come and share their interest in vehicle dependent travel and learn from one another. Stock vehicle, modified, motorcycles, camper vans. Come one, come all.

    Activities:

    The on site vehicle obstacle course will be back as to test your driving and hand signaling skills, possibly including a vehicle teeter totter.

    The always popular Friday night trail ride and vehicle light completion will be taking place at 8 PM on Friday.

    Saturday trail rides to explore the adjoining forest and test driving skills.

    Saturday afternoon depending on interest and availability we will hold discussion sessions to learn and share knowledge around various topics such as:
    - Trip and route planning
    - Trail comms, Ham and beyond the CB
    - Vehicle recovery
    - Hi-Lift operation
    - Lighting, vehicle and camp setups
    - Trail Chef, cooking and meal prep
    - Preparation and Packing, to bring or not to bring?
    - First Aid on the trail
    - Trail of Thrones, camp chair comparison

    While we currently do not have a prize setup, we will invite each wannabe chef to prepare their trail best dish for the Iron Chef cook off. The Paella was a big winner last year, what can top it in 2017?

    At this time no formal registration is required as this is not a formal event. Just a meeting of like minded wandering souls to enjoy each others company. Just post up questions and if you think you can make it.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Rendezvous, Part 3.0!
    Steve Carlson
    1995 Isuzu Trooper LS - well equipped
    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, overlander in training

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    Sounds like a good time. Adding to my calendar!

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    Excellent, look forward to meeting you.
    Steve Carlson
    1995 Isuzu Trooper LS - well equipped
    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, overlander in training

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    Been to this the past 3 years and it keeps getting better and better. Fun to see the variety of rigs and meet new people from around the area!

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    I went for my first time last year and had a awesome time.
    I learned a a lot about the capabilities of my vehicle from the trail rides and obstacle course.

    Pics from last year



    obstacle course

    2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pro-4X, Radflo, SPC, PRG, Bilstein, Shrockworks , Leer, Antec, Magnaflow.
    My Truck "The Moose" build thread Click on the link below:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...stories-MNCarl

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    I will be back for the 3-peat as well @aek50
    The good looking crew from last year
    Last edited by MN4RNR; 09-01-2017 at 03:14 AM.

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    Hopefully can make it! Might be the first subaru there?!

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    "Hopefully can make it! Might be the first subaru there?! "

    Outside of a support vehicle would believe so. Wouldn't work for the trail rides and obstacle course but come out and join the fun and get to know everyone. There was a Honda Civic that showed up last year, someone trying to determine what direction they wanted to go. All are welcome!

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    I'm interested in coming out to this. I live in Eastern South Dakota, so not too far away. I have a 2015 Colorado Crewcab long bed, with a 2" lift and 32's with a set of skid plates under it. Do you think this would be able to handle the trails? I also registered on the MOS forum under the username DakotaTex but I'm still waiting for that to be activated.

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    Sure, the trails are not hardcore, more of a demonstration of the type of trails we often do for overlanding trips. You have a long wheelbase but I think you will be fine.
    Steve Carlson
    1995 Isuzu Trooper LS - well equipped
    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, overlander in training

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