By Chris Cowan

Merry Christmas!

The Officers and Directors of the Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Please be safe in heading up to the Rubicon and make sure to pack plenty of layers, let your loved ones know where you are going and when you should return, bring plenty of food and supplies in case of delays and use your best judgement when traveling in snow and on the trail.

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Snow Wheelin’

Snow Wheelin’

Best wishes from your friends at the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

By Chris Cowan

Welcome our New Directors’

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the Rubicon Trail Foundation had a quick monthly meeting to vote in some new and old Directors.  It is our pleasure to announce that we added two new faces to the board.  Many people may know them already but we want everyone to know who the board is.

Please help us in welcoming Diane Hawks and Ron Cannon to the board.  We will be showcasing our board members over the next few weeks so stay tuned for more info on these new Director’s.

Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters.  These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers.

Existing Board:

Officer’s:

President: David Thomas: Toys on the Rocks, FOTR, Placerville, CA

Vice President: Ken Hower: FOTR, VLLS, Rubicon Trail Patrol, ATV guy, Auburn, CA

Treasurer:  Jonathan Carlos: 4×4 In Motion Club, Rubicon enthusiast, Pollock Pines, CA

Secretary: Chris Cowan: Rubicon enthusiast, non-profit experience, Plymouth, CA

Director’s:

John Arenz: Past President, Jeepers Jamboree, FOTR, FOE, VLLS grad etc., Pollock Pines, CA

Rusty Folena: charter RTF member, past President, VLLS grad, FOTR, Adopt-A-Trail Participant, Plymouth, CA

Dan DeWolf, Jeepers Jamboree ex-president, Rubicon enthusiast, Jeepers Jamboree Cook Crew, Placerville, CA

Matt Warden, Jeepers Jamboree Cook Crew, Adopt-A-Trail Participant, Rubicon enthusiast, Placerville, CA

JC Jenkins, Volunteer at the Kiosk, Rubicon enthusiast, Shingle Springs, CA

Mike Gerondakis, Jeepers Jamboree Board, Rubicon enthusiast, Pollock Pines, CA

Laura Blake, Jeepers Jamboree, , Placerville, CA

Tyler Hovelsrud, Rubicon enthusiast, Oregon

For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.  Our meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month with the exception of Dec. Location to be determined.

 

By Chris Cowan

RTF Board Meeting via Zoom

Important information- Change of time & Virtually Only

Tomorrow’s RTF Board Meeting, December 16, 2020 will only be via Zoom at 6:00pm PST

(CURRENTLY ALL MEETINGS ARE VIRTUAL ON ZOOM DUE TO CORONAVIRUS)

This meeting is usually a quicker meeting with board elections and passing of any electronic votes.

Zoom is free. Download the Zoom client for your PC/Mac or the mobile version for Android/iPhone.
Rubicon Trail Foundation is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: RTF Monthly Board Meeting

Dec 16, 2020 06:00 PM
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The Rubicon Trail Foundation is federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail.  The Rubicon Trail Foundation acts as the support for Rubicon work projects, Friends of the Rubicon, and as a liaison with local government organizations. This support can range from getting approval for projects from the appropriate agencies, to feeding the volunteers, to buying the supplies needed to maintain the trail. We also fight the efforts of others to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System.  All funds raised help to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round access.

Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters.  These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers.  For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.

By Chris Cowan

Snow Repository

Over the last several years, there has been an increasing problem with Placer County, contractors, and local homeowners using the Tahoe entrance to the trail as a snow repository.  Those of us who live in snow country know how hard it can be to find a place to store snow when plowing and clearing roads, but taking the snow from one public road and placing it in another is not a solution, it only migrates and exacerbates the problem.

Doug Barr (of The Other Rubicon) and Ron Briggs (Tahoe FOTR lead) have been working on this problem for several years and have asked RTF (and just about anybody they can think of) for help.  RTF has gotten involved at the level of attending meetings, making phone calls, and offering help with education.  Our stance is that we are not asking anybody to DO anything, but we are insisting that they DO NOT move snow onto the Rubicon McKinney Road, an open public road.  As Mr. Barr points out, this is an illegal act.

Recently RTF directors attended a public Zoom Meeting (it was cancelled in person) with Placer County representatives and neighbors.  At that meeting we stated our position and offered to create and place signage to remind folks not to dump snow in the roadway.  Here is our follow-up letter:

PlacerCountySnowRemoval-11-20

 

By Chris Cowan

Happy Thanksgiving

The Rubicon Trail Foundation wants to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! Please be safe and take all precautions when out and about.

We have finally hit the cooler weather and with that days can be warmer than the brisk cold nights. Make sure that when you pack you bring plenty of clothing layers, tarps, sunscreen, shovels, enough food and then some extra in case of delays, always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return and be SAFE!

Since the temperatures can change dramatically be aware of fire restrictions.  Start by getting a campfire permit from any CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, or BLM station or office. Permits are required to have campfire or portable gas stoves on public lands.

During periods of high fire danger, campfires may be restricted. Also, keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby at all times.

  • Choose a safe location
  • Clear a minimum 10 feet around fire
  • Extinguish your fire with the “drown, stir and feel” method and/or water

Check to ensure there aren’t any local fire restrictions in the area.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev7_019067

By Chris Cowan

Rubicon Ham Repeater Replaced

The Rubicon repeater started as a surplus handheld radio mated to a mobile in Rubicon Springs in 1992.  Merlin Scott (KC6BFV) became the first caretaker of the Springs in 1991, and in 1992 his friend Frank Yost (KA6GWY) decided to make his life safer by putting in a barebones repeater. Originally the antenna was mounted on a shovel handle stuck in the ground, and eventually the antenna was hoisted into a tree each spring and removed at the end of the season.

In 2004 Merlin moved to Spider Lake and the repeater moved with him.  It had much better coverage now but was still old handhelds in a pelican case powered by a used car battery and solar cells lying on the rocks.  The antenna was mounted to a tripod held down with sandbags.

In 2008, with driving force from Dennis Mayer, RTF made an agreement with the Spider Lake property owners to put in a permanent vault, making the repeater year around.  It has gotten better over the years with improved receivers, new engineered antennas, more solar power, a remote weather station, and added digital capability.

In the last two weeks the repeater hit another milestone.  Last year RTF voted to appropriate $5000 for the purchase of a brand-new commercial quality repeater.  The repeater was ordered from Daniels Communications, and tuned and mated to the RLC-1 controller that was added in 2013.  Last week John Arenz (N6YBH) took the repeater in and with help from Ryan O’Neal and Steve Nelson it was installed.  The last of the glitches were repaired by John at the Spider Lake vault and Frank by remote control this weekend.

With support from our donors, RTF has funded, and Frank Yost and the Rubicon Nerd Patrol have put in place the premier ham radio repeater on an OHV trail anywhere.  It has been used to save many lives and ordered a lot of parts over the years.  Now it will be in place for years to come!

The Rubicon Trail Foundation is federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail.  The Rubicon Trail Foundation acts as the support for Rubicon work projects, Friends of the Rubicon, and as a liaison with local government organizations. This support can range from getting approval for projects from the appropriate agencies, to feeding the volunteers, to buying the supplies needed to maintain the trail. We also fight the efforts of others to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System.  All funds raised help to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round access.

 

Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters.  These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers.  For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.

By Chris Cowan

Great Collaboration and Work to keep Rubicon OPEN for ALL

Part of education that often is not noticed is working on the trail and collaborating with others.  The Tahoe National Forest Service reached out to us, Friends of the Rubicon, Jeepers Jamboree, and the CA OHV Division to get some much-needed work on Cadillac Hill & Observation Point not to make it easier but to keep the trail preserved and open for all.

Joe Chavez, the Tahoe National Forest OHV Resource Tech put together this great PowerPoint presentation.

https://www.rubicontrailfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/HO-127_Siller-Rubicon-pt1-R.pdf

The picture above was to stabilize the bottom of Morris Rock, reducing siltation and damage from oil spills. Using RTF trailers, large rocks were loaded and brought to the site by volunteers, and then placed by the excavator. This creates a rocky challenge for trail users and prevents future damage…win win!

The Rubicon Trail Foundation is federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail.  The Rubicon Trail Foundation acts as the support for Rubicon work projects, Friends of the Rubicon, and as a liaison with local government organizations. This support can range from getting approval for projects from the appropriate agencies, to feeding the volunteers, to buying the supplies needed to maintain the trail. We also fight the efforts of others to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System.  All funds raised help to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round access.

Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters.  These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers.  For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.