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26th Big Bear – Jeep Jamboree USA

May 3 - May 5

26TH BIG BEAR 2018

Big Bear Lake, California

MAY 3 – 5

TRIP DETAILS

Take a trip back in time and become part of California’s Wild West. Travel far from pavement along mining and logging trails used in the gold rush era, 165 years ago. You’ll enjoy rock-and-boulder-strewn trails with great views overlooking Big Bear Lake. You’ll cross streams where miners used to pan for gold and traverse over to the mountain’s edge for breathtaking views of California’s High Desert.

Let our guides show you what you and your Jeep® 4×4 are capable of! While you’re in this great area, make time for some wonderful mountain sports in and around Big Bear, like fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Tow points and CB Radio Mandatory.

Participant Jeeps with tires over 37″ WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT VEHICLE EVALUATION AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND JAMBOREE, NO REFUND.

This Jamboree is a “Select” Jamboree – catered meals include dinner on Friday and Saturday. There are restaurants, delis and markets that will be able to accommodate your other meal needs. Food and fuel should be taken care of prior to the general attendance meeting on Friday and Saturday.

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018

5:00 P .M. – 7:00 P .M.

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018

8:30 A.M.

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. 5:30 P .M. – 7:30 P .M. 8:00 P.M

SATURDAY, May 5, 2018

8:30 A.M.
9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Registration will be held at the Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge (BBLEL) located at 40611 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake, 909-866-6190. Please refer to “How Do I Get There?” for driving directions. Trail sign-ups will take place during registration and are on a first come, first served basis. Vehicle evaluation is Mandatory prior to trail sign-ups. No late registration on Friday morning. Make sure you have a full tank of gas (and lunch packed and/or picked up) prior to the general attendance meeting.

Mandatory general attendance meeting in the parking lot of the BBLEL. Please have trail sticker on your windshield and be wearing your nametag and wristband.
Trail ride

Lunch along the trail
Trail ride
Dinner served at the BBLEL
Be sure to bring your video camera with footage of the day’s trail ride. Be sure to pack or purchase a lunch for tomorrow’s trail ride and have a full tank of gas prior to the general attendance meeting.

Mandatory general attendance meeting in the parking lot of the BBLEL Trail ride
Lunch along the trail
Trail ride

Dinner served at the BBLEL.

For trip and/or vehicle questions contact Shawn Gulling: shawn@jeepjam.com / 530-333-4002
Registration questions, adding or changing passengers contact Savannah Brewer: savannah@jeepjam.com / 530-333-2550

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COORDINATOR

Welcome to Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Jeep Jamboree. My trail guides and I are excited to lead you over old mining & logging trails scattered throughout the mountain which can only be traversed in a 4X4 Jeep!

The San Bernardino Mountains form the highest range in Southern California with San Gorgonio Peak at 11,000’. It’s also a transverse range meaning it runs West/East, unlike most mountain ranges in the U.S. Our mountain is full of rich history going back before statehood with stories of the “Wild, Wild West”! Places like Starvation Flats, Holcomb Valley, Gold Mountain and Doble where miners worked day and night to the thunderous pounding of a 40 Stamp Mill, all the while keeping an eye out for the great Grizzly Bears that inhabited the mountain.

We have trails ranging from 3 to 9 with enough terrain to challenge even the most hard-core wheeler. If you are a novice or first time wheeler you will definitely learn what your Jeep is capable of under the professional leadership of the Big Bear trail guides. These trail guides have been handpicked for their knowledge of the mountain, the trails, mechanical ability and as at all Jamborees, a friendly and helpful nature!

At day’s end enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by the Elks Lodge and watch a slide show of some of the days trail rides. Relax with new friends or go shopping in the Big Bear Village right up the street from the Lodge. Plan to spend an extra day or two to go fishing, hiking, zip lining or any of the many water sports available at this mountain top retreat.

Happy trails,
Randy Stockberger, Local Coordinator

TRAIL GROUP SELECTION

Registration and group selection will be held at the Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge. JJUSA staff members, group leaders and trail guides will be on hand to answer any questions you may have concerning the selection of groups, available trails, your Jeep, vehicle capabilities and general events at the Jamboree.

When you first enter the Elks Lodge lot, you will be directed to a vehicle evaluation. Your Jeep must be quickly checked before you make your group selection. You will be given a Vehicle Evaluation sheet to have initialed by the JJUSA Event Staff at Registration and then turn in once you have passed through registration and received your packet. We will look for required equipment on all Jeeps and recommended equipment for the Modified and Super-Modified groups.

Mechanics from Don-A-Vee Jeep will be on-hand to assist with mechanical support at no charge to disconnect/reconnect sway bars, running board removal and advice. For a fee, which will be determined on-site, they will install accessories and aftermarket parts. If you “air down” during the event,

please be sure to air up on either Saturday night or Sunday morning. Air facilities are limited in Big Bear.

Each driver will have the opportunity to select from a number of trails with diverse terrain during the Big Bear Jeep Jamboree. Trail and group selection is based on individual vehicle capabilities and specifications, not driver experience.

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

The Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Staff has selected a wide variety of trails and terrain to accommodate your individual vehicle’s capabilities, specifications and your preference. The Big Bear Jeep Jamboree groups are divided into three basic Jeep categories.

STOCK: ORANGE GROUP & WHITE GROUP

  • Stock Wranglers, Rubicons, Unlimited with sway bars attached, Stock Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, Liberty’s and CJs
  • Tow points mandatory
  • All-terrain tires recommended
  • Terrain will be mild to semi-moderate. Risk of

    damaging vehicle is minimal.

    MODIFIED: GREEN GROUP & YELLOW GROUP

  • Mild lift or modified clearance on Wranglers (Pre- TJ) and Liberty’s is required
  • Not recommended for Stock Cherokees and Grand Cherokees. Rubicons, Unlimited and CJs ok; modified clearance recommended
  • One locker required
  • Skid plates recommended
  • Tow points mandatory
  • Rock rails recommended (it’s very likely that your

    rocker panels will come in contact with rocks)

  • All-terrain tires recommended
  • Disconnected sway bars on Wranglers
  • Terrain will be moderate to semi-rough. Risk of damaging vehicle is possible but not probable.

    SUPER-MODIFIED: BLUE GROUP & RED GROUP • Modified clearance on Wranglers
    • Rubicons, Unlimited, CJs and Cherokees, OK.
    • Locker(s) or limited slip differential(s) required

    • 3” – 6” lift on Wranglers, Rubicons, Unlimited / 1” lift on Cherokees

    • Skid plates and tow points mandatory

    • Rock rails recommended

    • Aggressive all-terrain tires

    • Disconnected sway bars on Wranglers, Rubicons, Unlimited

    • Terrain will be rough. Risk of damaging vehicle is possible. Skid plates, axles, and rocker panels will be in contact with rocks and boulders on the trail.

    During registration participants will have the opportunity to discuss the trails, their driving experience and vehicle capabilities with the trail guides. Guides will work with participants for trail placement.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Golden Bear Cottages
www.goldenbear.net
Best Western Big Bear Chateau http://www.bestwestern.com/bigbearchateau

From the San Fernando Valley area
Take the 101 East, to the 134 East to the 210 East, to Interstate 10 East to the 30 freeway North to Hwy. 330 East which will take you up into the mountains. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake Dam and into Big Bear.

From the Las Vegas area
Take the Interstate 15 South to Hwy 247. This will bring you to the town of Lucerne. Go past two stop signs and turn left onto Hwy 18 which leads up the mountain to the Big Bear Valley. Follow Hwy 18 approximately 6 miles to Stanfield Cutoff. Turn left drive across the lake. Turn right at the stop sign follow Big Bear Blvd. into Big Bear Lake.

From the Palm Springs area
Take Interstate 10 West to Yucaipa. Take the County Line Road off ramp turn right. Follow County Line Road to Bryant St turn Left. Follow Bryant St. to Highway 38. Turn right onto Highway 38. This will take you right into Big Bear.

LOCAL AREA INFORMATION

For a current 10 day forecast, go to www.weather.com This will assist you in planning and packing.

VISITOR RESOURCES

Big Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce 909-866-4607
California Department of Tourism 800-331-8877

WEB SITES State of California

www.state.ca.us

CA Office of Tourism

www.gocalif.ca.gov

Big Bear Visitors Authority

www.bigbear.com

Big Bear Chamber

www.bigbearchamber.com

Big Bear Information

www.bigbearcentral.com www.bigbearinfo.com www.bigbearcounty.com www.bigbearlake.net

SPECIAL THANKS!
Randy & Roxann Stockberger -Coordinators Big Bear Trail Guides
Rebel Off-Road
Redlands Auto Plaza
USDA Forest Service
Don-A-Vee Jeep
Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge

800-461-1025 909-866-6666

Big Bear Lakefront Lodge Lagonita Lodge

www.lagonitalodge.com

Marina Resort

www.marinaresort.com

Northwoods Resort

www.northwoodsresort.com

Robinhood Inn

www.robinhoodinn.com

CAMPING & RV PARKING

Big Bear Discovery Center Holloway’s
Lighthouse Trailer Resort Serrano Campground

Big Bear Shores & Yacht Club

909-866-8271 909-866-6531

800-600-6000 909-866-3121 909-866-4643

909-382-2791 909-866-5706 909-866-9464 909-866-3437 909-866-4151

Many campsites are also available through the U. S. Forest Service. Please call 877-444-6777 for locations and reservations.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

HEADQUARTERS

Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge 40611 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

From the Los Angeles area
Take Interstate 10 East to the 30 Freeway North to Hwy. 330 East. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake Dam. Follow this road into Big Bear.

From Orange County or the South Bay area
Take the 91 East (or the 55 North to the 91 East) to the 215 North to Interstate 10 East, to the 30 Freeway North to Hwy. 330 East. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake Dam into Big Bear.

From the San Diego area
Take Interstate 15 North, to the 215 North to Interstate 10 East, to the 30 Freeway North to Hwy. 330 East which will take you up into the mountains. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake Dam into town.

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

Tow points are MANDATORY! Tow points may include, tow hooks properly mounted to the frame with grade six / eight bolts according to official Mopar installation procedures, draw bars, receiver hitches, or aftermarket bumpers with manufacturers installed clevis or d-ring anchor.

  • Participant Jeep tire size are not to exceed 37”.

    If you exceed 37 inches, you will be turned away at registration, will not be allowed to attend the Jamboree or receive a refund!

  • If you do not have tow points, you may be turned away at registration without a refund.
  • No snowplow frames.
  • We recommend removing running boards and steps both factory and aftermarket if planning to participate in higher rated trails.
  • All open-topped vehicles, including older models (CJs, Scramblers and Willy’s), must have mandatory roll bars.
  • Tow strap recommended (with loops—NO METAL HOOKS).
  • Full-size spare tire or comparable size mandatory! A space-saver spare (donut) just won’t do.
  • Must be street legal with license plate.

    CB Radio Mandatory! Handheld CB’s are not recommended. There are many safety issues regarding upcoming obstacles transmitted over the CB radio by your trail guides. It is required that each vehicle has a working CB radio. You will also learn interesting facts about the area – history, local plant and wildlife, as well as exciting stories.

    Please contact Shawn Gulling at shawn@jeepjam.com or 530-333-4002 if you have further questions.

    WHAT TO BRING

    • __  Basic tool kit recommended!
    • __  First aid kit recommended!
    • __  Tire gauge recommended!
    • __  Ice chest full of your favorite non-alcoholic beverages
    • __  Full tank of gas prior to General Attendance Meeting!
    • __  Lots of fluids to stay hydrated
    • __  Trail snacks
    • __  Chair or blanket for lunch stop
    • __  Flashlight
    • __  Camera
    • __  Binoculars
    • __  Insect repellent
    • __  Sun block
    • __  Medications
    • __  Toilet paper
    • __  Zip-lock bags for tissue disposal
    • __  Hand sanitizer
    • __  Rain jacket and warm clothing.

TRAIL USAGE AND INFORMATION

WATER CROSSINGS

Some Jamborees may have water crossings and water holes. Many of these crossings and holes offer a bypass, if you decide to “go around”. It is very important to watch and listen to your trail guide.. When driving in deep water, GO VERY SLOW! If your engine gets wet and stalls, DO NOT try to start it as you may cause serious engine damage. For additional tips on water crossings, please refer to your copy of “Mark A. Smith’s Guide to Safe, Common Sense Off-Road Driving”, which is available for download on our website.

A NOTE ON LAND USAGE

Many Jeep Jamboree USA events are held on private lands with the consent of landowners, or on public lands through special use permits. In some cases, Jamboree trail groups are granted access to trail areas, which are closed to all other vehicular access during the year. Please be aware that access to these trail areas is allowed only by guided JJUSA groups during the scheduled Jeep Jamboree trail rides. Individual Jamboree guests returning later to drive in these areas on their own do so in violation of JJUSA’s land use agreements and endanger future Jamboree usage of these restricted trails as well as being removed from the Jamboree without a refund. Thank you for your cooperation in assuring Jamboree access to some of America’s most spectacular backcountry.

Also, please note that while we trim back as much brush as possible, we are limited by Federal, Tribal and Private landowners to the amount acceptable by each entity.

PLEASE TREAD LIGHTLY!
Travel responsibly on designated roads and trails or

in permitted areas.

Respect the rights of others including private property owners and all recreational trail users, campers and others to allow them to enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.

Educate yourself by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies, planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes, and knowing how to use and operate your equipment safely.

Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams, unless on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitat and sensitive soils from damage.

Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species, restoring degraded areas, and joining a local enthusiast organization.

TRAIL RATING SYSTEM

Every Jamboree trail is rated from 1 (easiest) to 10 (the most difficult). These ratings are based on the over trail, not just on one or two tough spots. Rain can increase ratings by one or two points. Please remember, all vehicles are subject to vehicle check prior to trail departure. Numerically higher rated Jamborees are more likely to result in vehicular damage.

1-2 Obstacles and terrain are relatively easy to

navigate. In optimum weather conditions, some trails may not require continual use of four-wheel drive (4WD).

3-5 Moderately demanding. Challenge for novice drivers. Obstacles may include: mud holes, boulders, and streams. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

6-7 Demanding. Challenge for most skill levels. Mud holes get deeper, boulders get larger, and climbs get steeper. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

8-9 Very demanding. Likelihood of getting stuck is high. Mud holes may be deep and rock climbing is more arduous. Lifts and lockers are helpful. Requires 4WD with 4-LO.

10 Extremely demanding. Reserved for the toughest off-road trip in the U.S.A. – the Rubicon Trail. Requires 4WD with 4-LO, front and rear lockers, skid plates, rock rails and an aftermarket rear differential cover. Rubicon Trail Jeep Jamboree is limited to YJ’s, TJ’s and JK models only. Jeep Renegade, Patriot, Compass, Liberty, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, or Commanders are not allowed.

During registration participants will have the opportunity to discuss the trails, their driving experience and vehicle capabilities with the trail guides. Guides will work with participants for trail placement.

RAIN MAY INCREASE TRAIL RATINGS 1 OR 2 POINTS, ESPECIALLY WITH STREET TIRES.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS – Before and During Your Trip

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Waivers will be collected at the Jamboree during registration. Please read, sign and bring the completed waiver with you. All passengers in your Jeep vehicle must sign and date this waiver. A waiver for participants under the age of 18 years old must be signed and dated by a parent or the minor’s legal guardian.

REGISTRATIONS, ADDING, DELETING, OR CHANGING OF PASSENGERS

In order to give accurate counts to our caterer for the meals, pay for land use and permit fees, all new registrations of vehicles, adding, deleting or changing of passengers must be completed (2) two weeks prior to the Jamboree date. We will no longer be able to accommodate any onsite registrations. This is for both adding of Jeeps or passengers. Please note

that registration prices are per person, not per Jeep vehicle. Event T-Shirts are included in your registration fee. You must pre-order event T-Shirts at the time of your online or phone registration. Pre-ordered shirts will be given to you during onsite registration

GET CONNECTED

Join the discussion group for just one or multiple Jeep Jamborees on Facebook. This is a great way to start conversing with fellow participants and trail guides before you even get to the Jamboree. Ask questions, share information and photos before, during and after your great adventure. Click on discussion groups on the Jeep Jamboree USA homepage and join for FREE.

WHILE YOU ARE THERE

Name Badges and Wristbands

When you register on-site, you will be given one nametag and a wristband per participant. Please wear both of these while at the event. They are verification of registration. Those without a wristband will not be served meals or allowed on the trails.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHO CAN I BRING?

Whoever you want! As long as they each have a required seat belt in your Jeep 4×4. Bringing pets is strongly discouraged. If your pet must attend, you must submit a pet waiver during registration.

WHERE DO I SLEEP ON A JEEP JAMBOREE?

Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. Included in this event itinerary is a list of accommodations. Be sure to mention you’re attending a Jeep Jamboree when making your reservation.

WHAT DOES THE JAMBOREE FEE COVER?

Your fee covers all necessary permits, land-use fees, experienced guides for the entire trip, an event T-shirt and three meals on both Friday and Saturday (“Select” adventurers include evening meals only). NOTE: Meals vary. Regretfully, no accommodations can be made for special diets or dietary restrictions. Also included is an official Jeep Jamboree dash plaque and access to some of the finest trails in America – several of which are only available through this program. Each Jamboree also features a giveaway for chances to win great prizes from our sponsors. Sorry, no partial trips are offered or meal only options and no spectators allowed. All participants must be officially registered.

CAN I BRING MY JEEP LIBERTY, CHEROKEE, GRAND CHEROKEE, RENEGADE OR COMMANDER?

Of course! All new Jeep 4×4 vehicles with a 4-LO transfer case are Trail Rated® and are tested on demanding 4×4 trails. Your Jeep four-wheel-drive vehicle is required to be in good condition, with good tires, brakes, and seat belts. In addition, we require prior approval for larger Jeep 4x4s, such as Grand Wagoneers and J-Series Pickups. Jeep Jamboree USA reserves the right to refuse participation to any applicant whose vehicle exceeds size restrictions.

COULD MY VEHICLE BE DAMAGED ON A JAMBOREE?
Every effort is made by Jeep Jamboree USA to make the trails as safe as possible. Participants are advised to closely follow instructions given by trail guides, spotters, and Jeep Jamboree USA. However, there’s the possibility of damage to your vehicle when traveling rough terrain. Any damage is the owner’s responsibility. Jamborees with higher difficulty ratings are more likely to encounter terrain that may contribute to vehicular damage. Participants are required to sign a waiver form.

JEEP JAMBOREE USA POLICIES SAFETY

Our trail guides are trained to put your safety first. If they ask you to refrain from any activity, to avoid specific trails or areas, which jeopardize you or your fellow participant’s safety or is not authorized for our use, please follow their directions. JJUSA does not authorize or promote any night runs. AS AGREED TO IN YOUR WAIVER, ALL PARTICIPANTS AGREE TO WEAR HIS OR HER RESPECTIVE SEAT AND SHOULDER BELTS. IF A TRAIL GUIDE ASKS YOU TO WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT AND YOU DO NOT COMPLY, VIOLATORS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE JEEP JAMBOREE, MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, AND THOSE INVOLVED WILL BE BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE JEEP JAMBOREES.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

NO OCCUPANTS OF VEHICLE WILL POSSESS OR CONSUME ALCOHOL WHILE ON THE TRAILS. DOING SO MEANS IMMEDIATE EXPULSION.

MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, AND THOSE INVOLVED WILL BE BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE JEEP JAMBOREES.

REFUND POLICIES

We realize that unexpected events such as work conflicts, mechanical problems and illnesses may cause you to cancel your trip. However, we have many business partners that we pay deposits based on a preliminary participant count, therefore in order to limit the impact of cancellations the following penalties apply to your refund should you choose to cancel:

Days Prior to Trip Date

Reservation to 60 days

59 days to 30 days
29 days to 15 days
14 days to trip date Transfer fee to trip date

Fees

$125 Classic $75 Select 50%
75%

NO REFUND $100

Transfers from one trip to another must be done in the same calendar year.

CHILDREN 5 & UNDER

Children 5 and under are not charged to participate with you in a Jamboree. Complimentary meals for children 5 and under will be provided.

ONSITE PURCHASES AT JAMBOREE

If you purchase JJUSA merchandise at the event, please be aware that we can accept payment by cash only; sorry no credit cards or checks!

NO C.O.D

Please note that all registrations must be paid in advance. We will no longer be able to accommodate new onsite registrations of vehicles, adding, deleting or changing of passengers.

NO PARTIAL DAYS OR MEALS ONLY REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are for the SAME person (driver or passengers) for BOTH days. Passengers may not be swapped; i.e. one person on one day; another person another day. We base our nametags, meals and waivers on the same person for both days. We do not permit partial (one-day only) registrations (no refunds are given for days not used), nor do we sell a “meals only” option for those who are not on the trail, but wish to join participants for meals.

Due to unforeseen circumstances all trips, events and trails are subject to change or cancellation without advance notice.

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