BC OVER­LAND RALLY

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The Cana­dian over­land tribe fi­nally has a place to call home! The first an­nual BC Over­land Rally was held at Bri­tish Columbia’s Sasquatch Moun­tain Re­sort June 22nd-25th. The event was a huge suc­cess, by all ac­counts, and is sure to have at least a sec­ond in­stall­ment in 2018.

Around 500 peo­ple gath­ered for Canada’s first over­land rally. The crowd was mostly from BC and Al­berta, but there were a few trav­el­ers from Saskatchewan, a va­ri­ety of west coast US states and even a few in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers on their global over­land ad­ven­tures.

The Rally was ac­tion-packed with ven­dors, classes, sem­i­nars, round­table dis­cus­sions, driv­ing classes, trail runs and so much more. There were amaz­ing happy hours to en­joy each night, put on by a va­ri­ety of ven­dors. The Sat­ur­day night wine tast­ing class, put on by Crank­shaft Cul­ture, had to be a crowd favourite. The high­light for many was the nightly raf­fle around the camp­fire. The prizes got big­ger each night, cul­mi­nat­ing with big prizes like a Warn Winch and a CVT RTT at the big raf­fle Sat­ur­day night.

You’d ex­pect a gath­er­ing like this to of­fer up a ton of off-road spe­cific learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the BC Over­land did just that. Par­tic­i­pants got some top-notch in­struc­tion from Camel Tro­phy com­peti­tors, Land Rover in­struc­tors and off-road train­ing ex­perts. Be­sides hands-on work­shops about top­ics like winch­ing, non-winch­ing ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery, tire re­pair, ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics and trail­side weld­ing, there were also a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get be­hind the wheel and tackle the on­site off-road course. Get­ting out and ex­plor­ing the lo­cal trails was also en­cour­aged, with trail runs run­ning through­out each day of the event.

The BC Over­land Rally is a fam­ily and dog-friendly event that en­cour­ages every­one to get out and ex­plore. There were classes for ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy, drone pho­tog­ra­phy, nav­i­ga­tion, yoga, bor­der cross­ings and more. There were women-spe­cific classes that cov­ered off-road driv­ing and re­cov­ery, as well as ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics. The kids were not for­got­ten ei­ther, as they had pro­grams like sur­vival skills for kids, which mostly

showed them how to start a fire and roast a marsh­mal­low. There was even a class that cov­ered tips and tricks for trav­el­ing with your dog.

The Rally con­cluded on Sun­day morn­ing with the first-ever BC Over­land Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge was made up of two sep­a­rate events, with win­ners of each and an over­all win­ner crowned. The first chal­lenge was called the “Goldilocks

Chal­lenge.” It con­sisted of go­ing around an off-road course while try­ing to hit a tar­get, with­out us­ing any tim­ing de­vices or go­ing over the tar­get time. The sec­ond chal­lenge is al­ways a crowd favourite, called the “Em­bar­rass­ing Wet­ness

Chal­lenge.” This year it con­sisted of driv­ing back­wards through a short of­froad course with a cup full of wa­ter taped to the hood. The idea was that you had to re­verse through the course in the fastest time, with­out go­ing out­side the course, and keep the most wa­ter in your cup. Time penal­ties were given for both in­frac­tions.

The Chal­lenges saw a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles and par­tic­i­pants, with every­one hav­ing a good time be­fore packing up and head­ing home.

There are al­ready big plans in the works for the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the BC Over­land Rally in 2018. Be sure to sign up early and come out for the fes­tiv­i­ties. The Over­land Tribe is a wel­com­ing bunch, and al­ways stoked to meet new faces.

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