This year’s exploration will once again encompass an enormously vast area where participating teams will navigate their way from Northern Maine to Northern New Hampshire and back into the Pine Tree State, where we will finish this excellent adventure off. Along the way teams will surpass mountains, rivers, and wildlife, which will provide the participants with scenic views and extraordinary sights that these two great states are known for.
During the event, teams will be passing through quaint little towns and villages which offer delicious homemade food with the rustic type of atmosphere that rural Maine and New Hampshire natives pride themselves on. We are sure that all of you will enjoy the additional features that this years rides will provide, all from the gracious suggestions of the participants of previous MOTL's.
Additionally, due to popular demand, and to allow participants greater flexibility in their schedules throughout the year, Northeast Overland will be putting on TWO Moose on the Loose IV events, so please be sure to specify your desired date accordingly. Each Moose on the Loose IV event will be different, so if time permits and participants want to enjoy more than what a single MOTL can provide, please don't hesitate to sign up for both events!
What: Northeast Overland's 4th Annual 'Moose on the Loose'
When: Wednesday, June 14th to Saturday, June 17th, 2017
When: Wednesday, August 16th to Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Where: Northern Maine and Northern New Hampshire
Meeting Location: Registration/sign-in will be 20 miles out of Rockwood off of Route 15 between 3-5pm at Pittston Farms. (45.893730, -69.964384) Free camping will also be at this location with gasoline provisions on site! (usually above market price due to extreme road conditions and distance). Northeast Overland will also be providing a delicious BBQ supper for everyone on Wednesday night!!
What to bring: Your street legal (and by this we mean registered & insured) and very well maintained 4 Wheel Drive vehicle that has an operational 4 Low. Ground clearance with a minimum of 8" and absolutely, positively no dual rear wheeled vehicles. We can't stress this last one enough as some of the roads become very tight and narrow bridges will be crossed that will not support a dual wheeled vehicle. Every day there will be some sort of terrain where a good amount of ground clearance is required to get through. This is an Overlanding event which means you must drive your rig to and from the event. No trailered rigs please!
Warm clothing, basic extrication and recovery equipment, camping/sleeping provisions, food/water/fuel, spare parts/tools/knowledge, camera/batteries, etc. Staff will be assuring you bring the required goods and go over your rig w/a checklist when you arrive and register at the first nights gathering.
All dogs must be leashed and or secured at all times. No free running or roaming around at all for everyone's comfort and safety. It's very easy to set up a runner for them as you can easily stretch a rope from tree to tree and use their leash as the runner. Or just attach them to your vehicle (when it's not in motion..). There are many different ways to secure one's beloved dog so as not to disrupt anyone's time during the event. Kids are not required to be leashed, however, adult supervision is requested at all times. Cats and any other animals/pets should be left at home. Thank you for your understanding.
• Five (5) 31" or bigger really good condition AT or MT tires (This means a full-size spare (5 of the same size))
• Front and rear tow points
• Good working CB radio
• Fire extinguisher
• Basic 1st aid kit adequate for the number of people in your rig
• Fuel container w/fuel (4 gallon minimum)
• 2013 or newer Delorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer and a 2015 or newer New Hampshire Gazetteer. Both States have 2015's available.
• At least one handheld and/or street GPS capable of coordinate navigation, and knowledge to operate it
• Basic extrication/recovery kit (snatch strap, gloves, shackle(d-ring), snatch block, tree saver, etc) NO CHAINS!
• Basic tool kit for your vehicle
• Tire repair kit, and a means of inflating your tires (CO2, compressor, OBA)
• Rear facing, high mounted, steady burning white or amber light. This will help promote better visibility for the people behind you during dusty environments. LED is recommended.
Recommended Equipment (in addition to the required list):
• Vehicle specific parts + tools
• Securely mounted winch and necessary extrication/recovery equipment (NO CHAINS!)
• Spare parts for CB (radio, mic, cord, antenna)
• Anti-bug stuff (spray, netting, permethrin clothing)
• Another full-size spare tire (for a total of six)
• Toilet paper
• Snacks & water
• Air compressor, shovel, Hi-Lift
• A good, clean spare air filter
Ride Fees: Non-refundable $400 per team. Teams consist of 2 rigs. You can bring as many people in your vehicle as seatbelts allow, that's the only limit on occupants. Co-drivers/navigators are strongly recommended! Tickets go on sale Jan 13th, 2017 at noon o' clock. Registration and tickets can be purchased by sending payment via PayPal to northeastoverland@gmail dot com. Tickets will be sold as team packages, so please have your team decided prior to purchase. There is only a 10 team limit, so be sure to get your spot early! When you register, please supply us with your full name, address, phone number, screen name, forum affiliation, vehicle info (yr, make, model) along with your Teammates full info as well. We will also need the t-shirt sizes for both drivers.
What to Expect: We will mostly be traveling on a variety of well-built logging roads and the occasional old grown-in roads (Some more closely resemble ATV trails). Some "roads" are riddled with ginormous rocks (think boulders) and 4Lo will be used!! Tarmac will also be mixed in here and there. 4WD is absolutely required, bring something with high 8" minimum ground clearance and skid plates are recommended. This area is very remote and that needs to be respected. Complete self-reliance is to be expected. This is why we are doing teams. This is for your safety.
Small trees are always encroaching in towards over the years, and "pin striping" is likely, especially with a larger vehicles.
Inter-rig communication will be by CB radio (or ham radio if you have the equipment and licenses). CB channels will be assigned Wednesday evening. Ham radio operation is encouraged. Staff will be using CB channel 16 and will also be using and monitoring select Ham radio frequencies (still TBD)
Expect to be sharing some of the roads with large over-sized, over-weight, speeding logging trucks that will not move from the center of the road. A GPS used incorrectly can send one off-course. Cell phone coverage is sketchy at best and is rendered near useless in Northern Maine and cannot be relied upon 100%. Other navigation tools that are recommended to have with you is your mapping compass and a spare GPS.
Given the history and the dusty nature of the roads, a dry air filter system is highly recommended. It has been proven that oiled air filters get clogged up within a short amount of time and can be very hard, if not near impossible, to clean out in the woods.
Each night we will all be camping in a different location, the ole point-to-point style. We can guarantee that Teams will be camping together but cannot always guarantee larger groups will be able to set-up next to each other.
Navigation will be in two forms. Both routing options will be given out the previous night for the upcoming days adventure. Both options will have specific waypoints that are strongly encouraged for you to visit.
Option One This will be the standard follow the designated route style where you'll mark on your maps a route to navigate yourself thru and past scenic attractions. This is more for people that like to ride in big groups and take in the scenery without having to figure out exactly what may lie ahead.
Option Two This will be a connect-the-dots style where coordinates will be given out and you can plot your way to the next evening's campsite all while enjoying the scenic "locations" along the way. This will be for the more adventurous type, however getting to camp early may not always happen.
Make sure to get all your gear and equipment well ahead of the event so that you know how to use it!
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