VOBS detailed info

vobs detailed information

Thursday, May 31:   

  • Arrive anytime, go through the drive-up registration (beginning at 9 am), set up camp, open a beverage, relax and catch up with friends.
  • 6 pm:  Introduction meeting at main tent.  Come meet your event organizers and staff and get a general overview of the event.

Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2:

  • 6 to 9 am:   Fresh brewed coffee and home-made breakfast and baked goods available for purchase from Pete's Cookshack!
  • 8 am:  Riverside pygmy goat yoga with Tayloe Denton.
  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm:   Overlanding excursions.  Pick a designated route to your preferred featured brewery and hit the trail (see below for navigation explanation)!  You'll follow the color-coded maps on your device to awesome localvore stops and then finally to that routes featured craft beer brewery.  After you visit the brewery to taste and stock up, you can either hit the recommended dinner restaurant (that serves that brewery's beer!) or just make your way back to camp and cook out on your own.  
  • 8 to 10 pm:  Vendor area mingling, socializing, bonding, tribe-building.  Grab a beverage, come to the main tent, hang out and enjoy yourself.

Sunday, June 3:

  • 7 am to 9:30 am:   fresh brewed coffee and home-made breakfast available for purchase from Pete's Cookshack.
  • 8 to 11 am:   clean up and good-byes.

NOTES

  • VOR will be held at Vermont Overland Headquarters at 419 Baileys Mills Road in historic Reading, Vermont.  The property features multiple camping pastures, riverside camping, woods camping, a swimming pool, outdoor shower and potable water at the house.    We also have two awesome country stores all within five miles of us for provisioning, one of which has an amazing farm-table breakfast/lunch cafe!   Fuel is five miles south in Downer’s Corners (yes, they have diesel).
  • Navigation the Vermont Overland way:  VOBS is meant to be a Vermont overlanding navigational primer for VOR in the fall.   Similar to VOR, about a week prior to the event, we'll send you electronic maps that are downloadable to your iphone, cellular ipad or android.  Unlike VOR where we color-code just the Class 4 (unmaintained) roads as to difficulty in numerous local towns, for VOBS, we provide maps that have fully annotated routes that lead to the featured craft beer breweries.  The routes will still have color-coded (for difficulty) Class 4 road sections, but the routes will mainly contain medium trails and easier. This will give you a great introduction in fool-proof overlanding navigation the Vermont Overland way.  After experiencing VOBS, you’ll be able to venture out on your own into the Vermont backcountry with confidence and you'll be able to formulate your own routes at VOR using all the mapping and perhaps stepping up your game to more difficult Class 4 road segments. 
  • GET OUT THERE!  This is what sets VOR apart from other overlanding events:  you can actually get out and do some real off-road overlanding exploration.  We’ll teach you how to navigate Vermont’s prolific unmaintained ancient road networks so you'll feel confident coming back and exploring on your own.  You’ll be able to test your skills and equipment over a wide variety of overlanding terrain.  When you get back to the venue in the evening, grab a beverage and come over to the vendor area and just hang out, listen to the live music and meet all sorts of fun-loving, interesting, like-minded people and thoroughly enjoy yourself.

FAQ:

  • Camping is really not my thing.  Is there soft lodging nearby?  Yes!  We have the amazingly historic Baileys Mills B & B almost within walking distance of the venue not to mention the amazingly quaint Kedron Valley Inn about five miles away in South Woodstock.   If you want the best of the best, head 10 miles up the road to the Woodstock Inn & Resort in lovely Woodstock village.  
  • Can I just come and register at the event?  We’re afraid not.  All registrations must be online from the registration page.  See links above.
  • Can I have a campfire at my campsite?  Absolutely.   Just make sure you douse the fire thoroughly when leave.  We’ll also have lots of firewood available in the northerly quiet-area pasture (for donation to the neighbor).
  • Can I come just for the day?   We’re afraid not.   We do not offer a day pass. It’s all or nothing with VOR.
  • Can my friends come and park their car on the property and then join me at my registered vehicle campsite?  We’re afraid not.  There is no non-participant parking on the property.
  • Will there be facilities at the event?  Portajohns and fresh water. The rest is up to you.
  • What if I break down on the trails?  There will likely be others coming through who will be willing and able to help you.   You can also contact Performance Unlimited at 802-332-6383 for mechanical help and recovery (they will be charging their usual rates).
  • Will there be on-campus trails?  Only those needed to get to your campsite.  All off-road excursions are self-navigated exploration entirely on public roads.
  • Can I bring my family and the dog?  Yes, the price is per vehicle, so bring them all.
  • Speaking of, will there be a quieter, separate family camping area?  The main late night revelry will be across the river (affectionately known as "8 Mile") so that’s likely where there will be late night noise.   We’ll have quiet area camping in the northerly pasture, but best to camp in the woods for truly quiet camping.
  • Who’s responsible for me when I’m “off-campus?”   While we’ll go to great lengths to ensure your comfort and safety at the venue, during the day, when you go out into the wilds of Vermont, you’re on your own.   All planned overlanding routes are merely suggested and they are all on public state and town highways.  While there will likely be other groups coming through, you will truly be on your own out there.  Go alone or go in small groups, but just be aware that our responsibility for you stops at the gate of the farm.   VOBS is where you come to actually use your training and knowledge, so be smart out there.
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