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25th Anniversary Great Divide Expedition

In 1989, Tom Collins led a motley crew of intrepid explorers and half crazed reporters across the Great Divide: From Denver to Telluride.

Land Rover sponsored the event and it launched the start of the TREAD LIGHTLY campaign.

Over 75% of the trip was off pavement and showed the adventurers a place in the world that few will ever see in person.

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Spirit of adventure lives on....

Land Rover is offering two dates to recreate the epic ride August 20 - 28, 2014 or September 3 - 12, 2014: http://www.landrover...eRedirect=false

Cost $9000 single person, or $13,000 for double

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Even Tread Lightly is involved: http://givingworks.e.../tread-lightly/ and chance to win a Great Divide RRC replica

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Hmm... Pay $9000 to do this event... or an ambitious plan DIY. Anyone has driven this route/trail?

W/o any commitments (or having Tom Collins w/us), anyone interested in brainstorming on what it would take to re-create the Great Divide route, and planning to prepare for such trip?

Appears it will take about 2 days aggressively to drive from San Francisco to Denver via 80E mostly and head south to Denver.

I mapped out the towns noted in the Land Rover adventure but don't have the official route; also don't know how long it would take - see attachment.

Camping spots and details?

Food/Equipment?

Any special permit, pass, etc... needed?

Then go back to the Bay Area via 50/70/15N/80W - 2 days!

Edited by RON CT110, 09 July 2014 - 09:41 PM.

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The Great Divide on Youtube:

Tread Lightly Trainer: http://www.treadlightly.org/
SPOT Adventures: http://www.spotadven...?trip_id=178167
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I am up for the brainstorming, and even help put the trip together if possible; not a Great Divide RRC, but I'd like to take my 1990 RRC (smile)

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Edited by RON CT110, 09 July 2014 - 09:23 PM.

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I'm interested in your idea Ron... will have to do a lot more reading. Thanks

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Here's the daily route from the original GDE trip. Back in 1990, this sheet was included with the video posted above. It would be one of the most epic trips if we could pull it off, and hopefully for less than $9000 per person.

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Here's a longer video of the GDE.


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Here's a decent map from trip.

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Hmmm, and I know we have friends in the CO area.... Wonder how much it would cost to send the trucks on a car carrier, then fly in and out. Eliminate issues with the drive.

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Let's do it! This is my kind of trip


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This sounds amazing.

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I'm interested in your idea Ron... will have to do a lot more reading. Thanks

-Jared


I started watching the '89 Range Rover in the GDE videos and it doesn't *appear* to have much difference from the stock vehicle... are the specifications published?

If my truck can do this, I am totally down for it. Also, my sister lives in CO. Also, CO is just a great state. : )

Thanks

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Appears we have some interest. Excellent! (voice of Mr Burns on the Simpsons)

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Here's the daily route from the original GDE trip. Back in 1990, this sheet was included with the video posted above. It would be one of the most epic trips if we could pull it off, and hopefully for less than $9000 per person.


Great find. I would imagine we can do this for less than $9000. We can discuss this more at the Catahoula Meet & Greet on Aug 16th, and/or Hudner Ranch Pre-Run.

We need to do the following to kick off the brainstorming (I think if can have volunteer for each task, can help us w/the pre-planning and determine if and when can we pull this off):

-1) Enter/plug-in the directions Brenton attached electronically into Google Map or a map routing software (we need tracks and coordinates)
-2) Look into the camping/lodging stops (and options) we need to make for this trip
-3) Calculate the fuel stops and meals (getting #1 & 2 done will help)
-4) Appears the GDE RRC are stock but someone needs to look into min vehicle requirements for this trip including good recovery gears. Other recommended equip e.g. ham radio, chain saw (will there be downed tree that need clearing...)
-5) Any special permits e.g. camp fire, group traveling thru BLM...; season and weather considerations.
-6) Resources e.g. local fire/sheriff, parts place along the way...
-7) Other things to consider... sponsors, goodwill along the way

Let's make this happen!

Edited by RON CT110, 11 July 2014 - 07:16 AM.

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I would be interested in something like this. Why don't we start with Oregon trip and gain experience then venture out farther. This is the kind of trips I like and building my p38 for.

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Great find. I would imagine we can do this for less than $9000. We can discuss this more at the Catahoula Meet & Greet on Aug 16th, and/or Hudner Ranch Pre-Run.

We need to do the following to kick off the brainstorming (I think if can have volunteer for each task, can help us w/the pre-planning and determine if and when can we pull this off):

-1) Enter/plug-in the directions Brenton attached electronically into Google Map or a map routing software (we need tracks and coordinates)
-2) Look into the camping/lodging stops (and options) we need to make for this trip
-3) Calculate the fuel stops and meals (getting #1 & 2 done will help)
-4) Appears the GDE RRC are stock but someone needs to look into min vehicle requirements for this trip including good recovery gears. Other recommended equip e.g. ham radio, chain saw (will there be downed tree that need clearing...)
-5) Any special permits e.g. camp fire, group traveling thru BLM...; season and weather considerations.
-6) Resources e.g. local fire/sheriff, parts place along the way...
-7) Other things to consider... sponsors, goodwill along the way

Let's make this happen!


I could start plugging in the gps coords. I found a zip file last night with a bunch of trails and FS roads in Colorado that might help fill in the gaps. Works is still crazy, but with this potential trip being a ways out, that shouldn't be too much of a problem short term. In my short time of searching for more info, it seems that most info is focused on hikers and bicyclists completing the trail. Offroving used to hold trips that followed very closely the original route, but they stopped the business many years ago to focus on family. That is where the gps file came from. There are lots of different resources out there (YouTube, ExPo, the video and daily route, etc.) that we can learn from and compile some good pointers. One thing that could help is a very large printed map. Like 6'x6' that everyone can huddle around on a table and get a good idea of where we're going.

It took Tom Collins 2 years to plan the original GDE trip, so don't feel bad if it takes us a while too. Hopefully we can use him as a resource once we have a good grasp of everything we need to cover.

The RRC's were pretty much stock, with the only real "mod" being the GDE bumper and winch from what I can tell. One big advantage we would have is experienced drivers. The GDE was driven by sets of journalists, who were rotated out every 2-3 days. We would have drivers and co-pilots who are very aware of their vehicle and what its limitations are (and their own too). Red Cone Peak looked to be the most challenging section of the entire trip, but Tom does say he looked for the most difficult roads and each day had a little challenging section.

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Great find. I would imagine we can do this for less than $9000. We can discuss this more at the Catahoula Meet & Greet on Aug 16th, and/or Hudner Ranch Pre-Run.

We need to do the following to kick off the brainstorming (I think if can have volunteer for each task, can help us w/the pre-planning and determine if and when can we pull this off):

-1) Enter/plug-in the directions Brenton attached electronically into Google Map or a map routing software (we need tracks and coordinates)
-2) Look into the camping/lodging stops (and options) we need to make for this trip
-3) Calculate the fuel stops and meals (getting #1 & 2 done will help)
-4) Appears the GDE RRC are stock but someone needs to look into min vehicle requirements for this trip including good recovery gears. Other recommended equip e.g. ham radio, chain saw (will there be downed tree that need clearing...)
-5) Any special permits e.g. camp fire, group traveling thru BLM...; season and weather considerations.
-6) Resources e.g. local fire/sheriff, parts place along the way...
-7) Other things to consider... sponsors, goodwill along the way
-8) Buy ARB fridge

Let's make this happen!


Ron,

Okay, so I completed item 8. By the way, does anyone know what CH1/CH2/CH3/CH4 option on the menus does? It isn't mentioned in the manual.

Count me in ... but it better be a lot less than $9K.


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Lol. Like the spirit Graeme - added buy an ARB fridge on the list. Which by the way, congrats. Keep the beverages cold :-)

Yes, better be much less than $9000 - have two boys to send to college.

Edited by RON CT110, 16 July 2014 - 09:16 PM.

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I would be interested in something like this. Why don't we start with Oregon trip and gain experience then venture out farther. This is the kind of trips I like and building my p38 for.


We may have to do that for starters or both but will need to be far apart from a work vacation scheduling stand point for me and my guess for others also.

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will still have $3000 to spend...

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