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    Northeast Overland's 4th Annual 'Moose on the Loose'

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    Post by MtnClimber Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:15 am

    We, at Northeast Overland, are pleased to announce the epic adventure known across the great USA as the ‘Moose on the Loose' 2017!

    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!


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    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.

    Required Equipment:
       • 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.

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    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.

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    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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    Post by freerider Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:22 pm

    Man this sounds good please tell me unimogs good to pass bridges 15500lbs empty weight bounce
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    Post by steal63 Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:04 pm

    This sounds like a really cool event. I gotta see if I can get some time off this year.
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    Post by sloth Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:55 pm

    Neat. When does reg open up?
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    Post by booth9c1ss Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:28 pm

    January 13 at noon (more info in the ride fees section in the first post)
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    Post by sloth Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:08 pm

    Thanks, reading is apparently not my strong suit...
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    Post by MtnClimber Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:54 am

    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.
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    Post by Pemrick23 Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:52 pm

    This sounds amazing! I'd be so down for the august trip! All I'd need is another buddy for my team...
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    Post by MtnClimber Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:12 am

    Pemrick23 wrote:This sounds amazing! I'd be so down for the august trip!

    It sure is! Just read what some of the participants had to say about last years adventure!
    https://northeastoverland.forumotion.com/t1137-motl-iii-review-from-tap
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    Post by Pemrick23 Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:34 pm

    Are you required to have a co-pilot? Or is it just required to have 2 rigs per team?
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    Post by MtnClimber Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:18 pm

    Pemrick23 wrote:Are you required to have a co-pilot?
    Negative. However it is highly recommended to have a co-pilot to help navigate, spot wildlife, and enjoy their company.

    Pemrick23 wrote:Or is it just required to have 2 rigs per team?
    Yes. A team consists of 2 four wheeled vehicles.
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    Post by REDrum Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:13 pm

    In for the June run!
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    Post by Dodgerex Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:08 am

    Where is the starting point on this trip? I live near Rochester NY
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    Post by Guest Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:50 am

    Dodgerex wrote:Where is the starting point on this trip? I live near Rochester NY

    Northwestern Maine.

    Part of our challenge we provide people on this trip is the unknown. Each evening you will obtain the next days itinerary.
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    Post by Dodgerex Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:42 am

    That is cool. So I'm guessing once you register you get the date and time of where to meet for the first day.
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    Post by Guest Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:08 am

    Dodgerex wrote:That is cool. So I'm guessing once you register you get the date and time of where to meet for the first day.

    Yes sir! We will make sure everyone makes it to where they need to be, especially the first day.

    First day involves registration verification, vehicle inspection, and giveaways.

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    Post by MtnClimber Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:34 pm

    Tickets go on sale this Friday!! woohoo
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    Post by Pemrick23 Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:04 pm

    MtnClimber wrote:Tickets go on sale this Friday!! woohoo

    Where will the tickets go up? On the forum or another site? Just don't want to miss out!
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    Post by Pemrick23 Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:08 pm

    What does everyone use for the rear facing white/amber light? Or can you just put an LED in the top brake light for this?
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    Post by MtnClimber Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:29 pm

    Pemrick23 wrote:Where will the tickets go up? On the forum or another site? Just don't want to miss out!

    Tickets go on sale Jan 13th, 2017 at noon o' clock. Registration and tickets can be purchased by sending a PayPal payment to northeastoverland@gmail dot com. Tickets will be sold as team packages, so please have your team decided prior to purchase.

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    Post by MtnClimber Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:50 pm

    Pemrick23 wrote:What does everyone use for the rear facing white/amber light? Or can you just put an LED in the top brake light for this?

    I used these on the back of my Tepui tent rack for my Tacoma. Lights were purchased from Amazon for $7.99/ea

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    Here you can see how they're tucked right up out of the way ad the function of the added third brake light to the rack.
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    Post by MtnClimber Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:27 pm

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    Post by toddm Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:44 am

    I'd like to register today, have not gotten a commitment from a 2nd rig yet though. will my reg be rejected if that fields blank ?. I know I won't have an issue showing with 2 rigs . I am in a couple of NEA clubs and a NOVA club.
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    Post by MtnClimber Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:10 am

    toddm wrote:I'd like to register today, have not gotten a commitment from a 2nd rig yet though. will my reg be rejected if that fields blank ?. I know I won't have an issue showing with 2 rigs . I am in a couple of NEA clubs and a NOVA club.
    Morning, you'll just need to pay the whole team price upfont and then contact us as soon as you have a team mate with all of their info
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    Post by Pemrick23 Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:22 am

    What does the ride fee go to? And does each rig have to have the required equipment or can one team share maps and compass'? Can each team share tools? Does each rig need their own recovery/extraction kit or can a team share one?

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