By Chris Cowan

End of Season Wheelin’

It is almost that time of year, the end of the Summer Wheelin’ Season.  Of course the Rubicon is still open but there are more things to consider when planning your next adventure.

There has been a lot of work on the trail from the County and clubs to keep the Rubicon in great shape, showing no spills and making sure that all trash is picked up.  Do your part and if you see anything that needs to be picked up Pack It Out.

Please keep these tips in mind when going out-

  • Prepare your rig with all weather clothing and footwear.  You never know when it could rain or start snowing.
  • Be prepared with plenty of food and water in case of emergencies; also consider any medications you may need
  • Tell those you love where you are going and when you plan to return
  • Know the trail and or walk ahead and see any obstacles that could change your driving.
  • Always carry WAG Bags- there are a few restrooms on the trail but with more people coming to this destination and season changes you may need
  • Always carry a Spill Kit
  • Help keep the Rubicon beautiful- pick up any trash that you see and pack it out to a trash can.

You can get Spill Kits and WAG Bags at the Kiosk from the County or by calling us at 888-678-2426 or info@rubicontrailfoundation.org.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized,year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine Sponsors & Registration

Have you registered yet to have your “rig” in the 1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine?

REGISTER HERE!

You do not want to miss this FUN event to show off your “rig” and hang out with old and new friends.

October 12th from 10-3pm

$10 Donation

Dry Diggings Distillery

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Raffle Tickets are now on sale

Call 888-678-2426 and leave a message or email info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

Off The Rocks with Sponsors

Event Sponsors:

Power Tank

Ruff Stuff

Tailgater Tire Table

My Off Road Radio

Currie Enterprises, Inc.

GenRight

Warn Industries, Inc.

Trail Forged Off-Road

WFO

J&W Auto Wreckers

West Coast Differentials

MetalCloak

Rack it

Eagle Radiator

Marlin Crawler

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine

Have you registered yet to have your “rig” in the 1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine?

REGISTER HERE!

You do not want to miss this FUN event to show off your “rig” and hang out with old and new friends.

October 12th from 10-3pm

$10 Donation

Dry Diggings Distillery

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Raffle Tickets are now on sale

To register or buy tickets click here :
Call  888-678-2426 and leave a message or email info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Pack It In/Pack It Out

There has been lots of work down on the Rubicon Trail to make it the sanctuary that it is.   The County, the Rubicon Trail Foundation Board and many volunteers have been out there spreading the word of Pack It In/Pack It Out.

What does Pack It In/Pack It Out mean?  This common saying is a simple yet effective way to get visitors to take their trash home with them. There is no reason why people cannot carry out of the backcountry the extra food packaging materials, and human waste that they carried in with them in the first place.

Trash and litter ranks high as a problem in the minds of many visitors.

Trash and litter are human impacts that can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area.

We must all be mindful of even the smallest effects we have on land.  That is why the Rubicon Trail Foundation advocates Pack It In/Pack It Out.  We must all be good Stewards to the Rubicon Trail.

If you need WAG Bags please contact us at 888-678-2426 or info@rubicontrailfoundation.org.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized,               year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Heartfelt Thanks to Our Generous Donors

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to extend our Heartfelt Thanks to our Generous Donors.  It is their supreme excellence and generosity that drives us to succeed.

43 Commerce St. Suite 103
Lodi,  CA  95240

We are  thrilled to continue our partnership with Steve Sasaki at Power Tank.  Steve has generously donated to our Black Tie & Boots event in years past but also to our 1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine, happening on October 12, 2019.

It is companies like PowerTank that has helped us to continue the work that we do to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

For more information on this event please contact us at 888-678-2426 or info@rubicontrailfoundation.org.

Off The Rocks – Dry Diggings Distillery

By Ken Hower

This History Of Spill Kits

Rubicon Spill Kits

By Vickie Sanders

There has been a lot of discussion about spills recently. The County wants to remind everyone spills were part of the cleanup and abatement order from 2009. The county developed an educational program commonly called the 4’s, sanitation, spills, sedimentation and safety.

In 2011 spills were the focus of the year and with state grants the county has provided spill kits ever since at the kiosk free of charge. This is your green sticker money at work for you. You have already paid for them.

In the past RTF staff under contract with the county have been at the kiosk to hand these out. This year the county hired staff to be at the kiosk. Staff is there Friday thru Monday from 12-6. If you miss staff or need a kit you can always contact Vickie Sanders and come by the office. The County office is located in Placerville by the fairgrounds.

There is a group addressing the recent spills in the bowl. Thank you once again to a community that takes care of the resources and each other. Without your help the county could not do the work needed for the Rubicon.

In addition, RTF has 2 mid-trail staff on trail, Glenn near Buck Island and Mike near Spider. Both of these awesome gentlemen gladly will hand out spill kits provided by the County.

By Chris Cowan

Education at Kiosk

Play is the highest form of research.-Albert Einstein

This past weekend a few of our board members went to the Rubicon Trail and provided some education about the trail, gave out WAG Bags & Spill Kits, and had fun meeting and greeting users of the Rubicon Trail.

One of the main goals of the foundation is to provide education and help answer any questions about the trail.  We all met so many new wheelers who had never been before, to also seeing old faces who had to be on the trail even though Cantina for the Con was not happening.

We taught a whole group of brand new trail users all about WAG Bags, locations on the trail and then also some on how to use a Spill Kit.

It was great to see families having family time and unplugging from devices that are all too time consuming-

Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun Labor Day!

If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference on the Rubicon Trail please contact us at 888-678-2426 or email us at info@rubicontrilfoundation.org.

All kit contents were bought by the Rubicon Trail Foundation and our generous donors.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision:  To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Have a Safe & Fun Labor Day Weekend!

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to wish everyone a Safe & Fun Labor Day Weekend!

Reminder: Cantina for the Con has been postponed this year

Here are some helpful safety tips so you all enjoy your celebratory weekend:

  1.  Going on a road trip? This is one of the busiest weekends on the road. tell people where you are going and when you plan to return, pack all weather clothes, and plenty of food and water.  Do not forget to have your emergency pack in your vehicles to include flashlight, jumper cables, tool kit, and tire gauge.
  2. Use alcohol in moderation and never while driving vehicle.
  3. Buckle Up when you are in the vehicle.
  4. Hydrate and use sun protection.
  5. Grill responsibly
  6. Take caution in the water.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Our vision is to be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Fiduciary Responsibility

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to update you where our monies have been spent through 7/31/2019. We recognize that donors have many choices on where to spend their hard earned dollars and we like to be transparent and give you the results that you expect from your investments.  If you have ideas or thoughts on where you think funds should be spent we welcome all ideas.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation was created in 2004 in order to financially support activities on the trail that are required to keep the trail open.   This is a never ending and important obligation that RTF has undertaken.   Your support is absolutely essential to provide a myriad of services to the trail such as: Helicopter time for rock drops, FOTR support, Educational support with Mid-Trail Staff, various Rubicon U activities and on-going access to the RTF Property.  Without the support of everyone from vendors, sponsors and individuals like yourself, none of that trail support is possible.

We offer this graph to you as an overview, but it is just that, an overview.

We are always happy to provide you with the latest information, so contact us at info@rubicontrailfoundation.org or call us at 888-678-2426.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.
Our vision is to be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.
By Chris Cowan

HAM Radio’s

Do you have your HAM License?

The Rubicon Trail Foundation partnered with Rugged Radios to give each child at Camp Rubicon a hand held radio to use and understand the importance of having communication devices available  when in out of cell service areas.  You never know when you will need to make an emergency call out for help.

The radios were programmed for frequencies that could be used during Camp Rubicon with the hope that each child or family will become interested and get licensed so that they can use while camping and recreating.

What is a HAM Radio?

Ham Radio is the very best way to communicate on the Rubicon and other trails. It is literally a lifesaver!!!  People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

Why is having a HAM Radio license important?
There is little to NO Cell Service one the Rubicon Trail.  HAM Radios are great because you can communicate with people all over the world if licensed and get help if needed in an emergency situation.

Other benefits—learn electronic and radio propagation, learn geography, and enhance personal communication skills.

How to get a HAM Radio License:

You will need a License to Operate A Ham Radio, you can contact any local amateur radio club for more info, or take Advantage of the classes that RTF sponsors. This class is designed to take you from zero to HAM radio operator in no time at all. Its typically held in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills. For more info on classes you can email John Arenz John.Arenz@RubiconTrailFoundation.org    or http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class

If you already have a Ham Radio License here the frequencies used on the Rubicon-

146.805 -.600 PL123.0
The KA6GWY repeater, covers the west slope of El Dorado County and the Sacramento area.

145.350 (repeater transmitter), odd split to 146.205 (repeater receiver), PL123.0 
The Tahoe Basin KA6GWY repeater, linked 24/7 to the 805 ELD     repeater, coverage in the Tahoe Basin.

146.805 simplex, no PL
This is the repeater output frequency of the KA6GWY repeater. Nice to have so that you can talk to  your friends right in front of you, still listen to the repeater, but not tie it up when simplex will work just fine.

444.9875 +5.00 PL156.7 
The Rubicon repeater located near Spider Lake, coverage on all of the Rubicon Trail except east of Barker Meadows OHV trail.

444.9875 +5.00 PL 107.2
Same as RUBI except that when using this PL it links to 805ELD and 805 TAH.

444.9875 simplex, PL107.2 
This is the repeater output frequency of the Spider repeater. Nice to have so that you can talk to your friends right in front of you, still listen to the repeater, but not tie it up when simplex will work just fine.

Note, PL is used because some users decode PL on their handheld radios.

 

If you do not have a HAM Radio you should consider getting one.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation holds 1 to 2 classes per year to get you your HAM License.  Contact us today!

 

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