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Exploring Anza Borrego…


Practicing navigation in the badlands of Anza Borrego…


27 FEBRUARY 2016: Working on navigation skills in the desert terrain of Anza Borrego and Ocotillo Wells. Got to explore some new trails and learned more about the geology of this amazing landscape, while getting a good work out with map, compass and terrain assessment challenges. Was also a good opportunity to get a realistic sense of time and distance driving strategies…



Rebelles in the Sand…


Future Rebelles got a great weekend workout in the dunes…


19 FEBRUARY 2016: A diverse group of women came together at the Imperial Sand Dunes to train, share information, and get to know one another in a unique informal weekend event organized by Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures. Rebelle Rally founder Emily Miller shared insights into the new rally and helped participants work on their navigational skills, while Barlow coached the group on driving techniques, terrain assessment and more. The weekend provided a preview of the spirit of the new rally, as women with different experiences and skills worked together, helping each other grow. (Photo courtesy of Emily Miller) …[ Check out the video: REBELLES IN THE SAND ]



Back to the Dunes…


Arrived in Yuma for an interesting weekend in the dunes…


18 FEBRUARY 2016: The Imperial Sand Dunes keep calling us back. This time it is for a very unique event that is bringing 25 women from all over the US and Canada together to begin preparations for the new Rebelle Rally that will be happening in October …


Sedona Red Rock…


Back to Sedona for another round of desert Jeep fun…


17 FEBRUARY 2016: Rolled into Sedona at just the right time of day, when the red rocks are brilliant against the blue sky. Picking up a Jeep and heading southwest for the next round of desert adventure, beginning with something new and exciting …


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THIS MONTH:

Back out west again, to Arizona and southern California to participate in a Barlow Adventures training event in the sand dunes for teams preparing for the exciting new rally event — the Rebelle Rally


COMING UP SOON:

Headed to Mongolia with the Overland Experts team on a mission to work with nomadic herders in the Gobi desert. The 12-person expedition 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 ANZA BORREGO
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Anza Borrego Desert state park is California’s largest state park encompassing more than 600,000 acres. Running about 25 miles east to west and 50 miles north to south, it offers an unparalleled area to practice desert navigation. The park is framed by many rugged mountain ranges and has over 500 miles of primitive jeep and paved roads, with varied terrain that includes routes up rocky hills, through deep soft sand and wash beds, and steep climbs. Named for the 18th century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep, the park is just a two-hour drive northeast from San Diego. The Anza Borrego Foundaton has a forty-year legacy of promoting conservation in the park and the surrounding ecological region through land acquisition, education, interpretation, and scientific studies.


ABOUT THE REBELLE RALLY

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. A new kind of competition, it blends the love of driving with the challenge of precision navigation. The inaugural edition of the seven day event will take place this coming October across some of the most magnificent desert landscapes of the southwest.


ABOUT BARLOW ADVENTURES

Barlow Adventures provides professional 4×4 driving instruction and training in Sedona, AZ, as well as fully outfitted multi-day trips in Moab and on California’s famous Rubicon Trail. In Moab, the undisputed Jeeping capitol of the world, the Barlow team guides drivers over iconic trails, and helps build 4-wheeling skills in the context of a fun adventure through the rugged high desert landscape.



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MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
January – El Camino del Diablo
December – Long Island
November – New York
15-31 October – Moab
1-14 October – Vermont
September – Paris
August – Topless For Tatas
July – Rubicon Trail
June – Bantam Jeep Fest, PA roadtrip
May – Overland Expo, AZ roadtrip
April – Paris, Rausch Creek
March – Uwharrie
February – Back Home
January – Mauritania
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Detailed series on a solo scouting journey into some of the remotest backcountry around Moab. The six day 450-mile off-pavement trip into the Maze district of the Canyonlands National Park offers insight into the challenges of expedition planning… [read]


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