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More Jeep Fun at TFT…


The Green/101 group gets bolder …


9 AUGUST 2015: The Green/101 group was ready for more challenges on the final day of Topless for Tatas. Took the group over bigger rocks, steeper hills and a fun water crossing. Was great to see folks building up confidence and learning how much their Jeeps could do…



A Great Day Out on the Trail…


A fun group out on the Green/101 course …


8 AUGUST 2015: Guided a great group of people (and Jeeps) on the Green/101 trails at Rausch Creek today at Topless for Tatas. Was a perfect day for wheeling, and the group had a good time getting to better know the park and their Jeeps’ capabilities on this kind of terrain. Big smiles, dirty Jeeps, no damage and no one got stuck — was a successful day…



700 Jeeps Raise Funds for a Cure…


Topless for Tatas 7 gets started …


8 AUGUST 2015: 700 Jeeps lined up in the staging area this morning as the 7th Annual Topless for Tatas charity 4-wheeling event got underway. Event participants and organizers hope to raise even more than last year’s $31,000+ for breast cancer research. Lucky number 7 was everywhere: 7th year of the event, August 7th, 7 slots on the Jeep grill, and 700 Jeeps…



Vendor Show Opens the Event…


A chance to check out some good deals …


7 AUGUST 2015: People took advantage of registration day to do some shopping or just check out what was available from vendors and sponsors of the 7th Annual Topless for Tatas charity 4-wheeling event. The great summer weather encouraged folks to linger…



On the Road to TFT7…


Getting an early start on the trip to Rausch Creek …


5 AUGUST 2015: Hit the road again, westward bound towards Rausch Creek for the 7th Annual Topless for Tatas charity 4-wheeling event that is happening this weekend. 700 Jeeps will be gathering to participate in a fun weekend out on the trails while raising funds for breast cancer research…


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THIS MONTH:

Will be heading out to Rausch Creek this August for the 7th annual Topless for Tatas Charity Wheeling Event. TFT brings together off-roaders from all over to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year over 700 vehicles are expected to participate, in hopes of raising over $26,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation …


COMING UP SOON:


This September will be part of an expedition team headed to Mongolia with Overland Experts on a mission to work with nomadic herders in the Gobi desert. The team will be providing support for the The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, which aims to help save a way of life for the Mongolian Nomads and at the same time protect a fragile environment …


ABOUT TOPLESS FOR TATAS:


Topless For Tatas began in 2009 when 65 4×4’s joined Chantelle Kern at Rausch Creek Off-road park to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, starting the tradition that continues today. Last year over 500 vehicles attended, raising $31,066.85 that was donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The funds are used to assist researchers and doctors working to find a cure. Topless for TATAs is a charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds from the event, raffle and merchandise sales are donated directy to the BCRF…


ABOUT RAUSCH CREEK:


Rausch Creek Off Road Park is devoted to providing a fun, legal place for off-road enthusiasts to go four-wheeling. The park consists of almost 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping. The park is located in Pine Grove, in Schuylkill County, the heart of the anthracite Coal Region of Eastern Pennsylvania. It can be reached by Interstate 81 (exit 107, south via Route 209) or Interstate 78 (exit 13, north via PA-501).


TEAM 171 PRESENTATION



USnomads, c’est l’histoire d’une amitié de plus de 20 ans, qui s’est construite à travers le temps, les cultures, les expériences de la vie et des voyages. Seule l’union de deux caractères forts et respectueux l’un de l’autre explique que nous soyons arrivées à nos fins dans chacun de nos défis.

Ceci est notre première participation au Rallye des gazelles et nous ne sommes pas des professionels, mais JoMarie a une certaine expérience de l’Afrique et des situations d’urgence. D’autre part, elle s’est totalement investie dans la préparation de cette course et Isabelle s’est récemment mise à la navigation.

Le Rallye des gazelles dans le désert marocain sera le théâtre d’une nouvelle épreuve pour nous : une Jeep, une boussole, une carte et tout le pouvoir de notre volonté d’y parvenir fera le reste.

Ce défi sportif s’inscrit dans un projet humain plus large, celui de traverser le désert du Sahara d’Ouest en Est dans l’espoir d’accompagner les équipes d’ONG dans leurs micro-projets d’aide aux peuplades nomades locales. JoMarie en produira un film documentaire qui donnera à mieux connaitre les hommes de cette partie du monde.

L’équipe 171 prendra fièrement son envol le 15 mars 2014 avec toutes les autres participantes ! Et que les meilleures gagnent !

Mais quelle valeur et quelle portée aurait cette leçon de vie, si nous n’étions pas soutenues par l’amour de nos proches, de nos amis et de tous ceux qui nous entourent. Merci !


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June – Bantam Jeep Fest, PA roadtrip
May – Overland Expo, AZ roadtrip
April – Paris, Rausch Creek
March – Uwharrie
February – Back Home
January – Mauritania
15-31 December – Roadtrip
1-14 December – Southwest deserts
November – Paris and planning
October – Overland Expo and Workshops
September – Moab and more
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