FAQ



  • 1.General
    General questions about the event.
  • Is this a race?

    No! This is not a race. Participants will need to keep to posted speed limits and obey all laws and regulations. There are some timed challenges but all timed challenges take place on private property. Any team caught speeding or driving recklessly will be disqualified.

  • If this isn't a race; How do I win?

    Teams are awarded points based on various tasks and challenges that will take place over the course of the event. Points will be tallied on Saturday night and the team with the most points will be declared the victor. There are numerous ways to earn points; finishing certain route stages, completing specific trails/roads, conquering a specific obstacle, taking photos from a list of tasks/items/attractions/scenery, completing challenges, navigating well, and more.

  • What is available at the campsite each night?

    We will be staying in established camp grounds each night. We will have running water, showers, and bathrooms available along with a place for a campfire.

  • My truck has "x". Will I be competitive?

    Maybe! There are too many factors to determine. No trails are mandatory. If your vehicle is not capable of passing a certain trail without significant damage, you are free to turn around and bypass the trail. You will, however, miss out on those points. Trails hold the bulk of the points for each day. You can still be competitive by capturing the other available points through photo challenges, off-road challenges, and other opportunities. Similarly, big trucks will have to face some serious road time in portions of the event and will suffer if 70mph can not be maintained. This event is about overlanding! Overland oriented vehicles will do well.

  • Is alcohol allowed?

    During the day - NO!

    At camp, after you have parked your vehicles for the night? Yes.

    Be respectful of your neighbors and if you tend to be a louder bunch, try to find a spot away from people who might prefer peace and quiet. Also be aware that most campgrounds have a quiet time of 10pm.

  • Do I need to stay with my teammate at all times or can we split up?

    Teams must stay together at all times during the event. Each vehicle will be equipped with a GPS tracker and will be constantly monitored by staff and other teams. If a team is found splitting up or deviating from the route points for that route section will be deducted as will any points gained during that time period.

    Scenario: A team enters a trail. Vehicle 1 suffers a mechanical failure and is immobilized. Vehicle 2 deviates from the route to find a replacement part, leaving Vehicle 1 at the trail. On the way to the store Vehicle 2 spots a point opportunity in the form of a photo of a covered bridge and takes the photo. Vehicle 2 returns and Vehicle 1 is repaired. The team continues on with the trail.

    In this scenario, points for the photo of the bridge will NOT be awarded, since the team was split up at the time. The points for completion of the trail (route points) WILL be awarded since both vehicles did complete the trail as a team, even though there was a break to get parts.

  • Is this a Land Rover specific event?

    No. All vehicle makes and models are welcome and expected.

  • What are the challenges?

    Challenges will remain unknown until the appropriate time. Some challenges have been revealed already, like the winching challenge. Some will remain a mystery until your team stumbles upon them. Details of each challenge will again be presented when appropriate. Be knowledgeable about winchline rigging for complex pulls, hi-lift jack usage, navigating via paper maps, setting up your camp, and all other aspects of overland and adventure travel.

  • Are camping trailers allowed?

    Yes! They will be limiting in some areas, but if you wheel with a trailer, you already know this. You also know the benefits they provide when it is time to set up camp. The only time a trailer is not allowed is for the trip up Mt. Washington. The trailer must be uncoupled and left in the parking lot at the bottom. No trailers are allowed on the Auto Road. The parking lot is right next to the staffed entry booth to Mt. Washington and we will have Overland Challenge staff in the parking lot as well. Your trailer will be safe.

  • Will this be on private land or public roads?

    The event will take place on both private land and public roadways. All participants must obey the laws in place and drive respectably in towns. We need to leave a good impression and our vehicles are quite conspicuous. If any person in the competition does something bad, I am guaranteed to get a phone call about it. Some trails are on private land and some on public land. Stay on the trail, tread lightly, and follow the GPS tracks provided.

  • I had something come up; can I get a refund?

    No. All sales are final. We have a LOT of things to reserve and to pay for that are based on numbers. If you drop out, the cost is still there. You must find someone else to buy your ticket from you. I would suggest posting your registration slot to exploringnh.com and expeditionportal.com

  • Communications: HAM, CB, FRS, LMR, other acronyms?

    There are three categories of communications that will take place during the event; Communications between staff, communications between staff and teams, and communication within your team.

    Staff to staff communication and staff to team communication will take place via Part 90 radios (LMR). We will be operating on our licensed business frequency. This frequency is able to be monitored by anyone with a Part 90 (LMR/business class), or HAM radio. No license is required to listen.  All competitors are granted authority to operate on our business frequency. There is no way for us to know, and we are not in any way going to police (for reasons of more important things to focus on and not enough time or resources to deal with this), who is transmitting on our frequency using non-certified radios, but be aware that it is technically illegal to transmit on our frequency using a non part 90 certified radio and if caught by or reported to the FCC, there are potential fines and other repercussions. Let your own moral compass guide you. Teams may find it beneficial to be able to monitor our frequency but for the most part, it will consist of staff organization and location or schedule updates. There will be very few instances where staff will need to contact teams, and in those instances, other communication attempts will be made if radio contact via our business frequency fails. Cell phones will be a first choice in most situations that radio contact fails. Make sure you have a phone charger for the phone number listed on your tech inspection sheet. In an emergency, anyone with a HAM radio can legally transmit on our business frequency to reach a staff member for assistance and rescue. This will be the most likely way to reach us when out of cell phone range. 99% of our staff vehicles also run CB radios and we will be tuned to an assigned channel throughout the event. CB range is limited and staff may not have their vehicles on at all times, so reliance on CB should be kept to a minimum.

    Internal team communications will take place via whatever method your team prefers. FRS radios work very well. HAM radio is the preferred method but CB communications will be popular as well. Each group will have an assigned CB and FRS/GMRS Channel as well as a HAM frequency. These channels and frequencies will be published and shared with the other teams. This is for several reasons and will allow for inter-team communications in situations of emergency or for general contact , for instance: two teams get caught up with each other on the trail and one team would like to pass. If there is static or interference on the channel, a change can be made and staff should be notified so that we can update with the new channel. These frequencies may change throughout the event if interference is present or if there is traffic on the channel as we move through different regions of the state. Teams' frequency preference will be taken into consideration and likely granted as we know some are preferential to certain bands and may be licensed for certain frequencies.

     

  • Are trailered vehicles allowed?

    No. Your vehicle must arrive at the event under it's own power.

  • What happens if it rains?

    You will probably get wet. This event will not be canceled or postponed for weather.

  • Are dogs allowed?

    Yes, as long as they are friendly towards people and other dogs.

  • Do I need to complete every challenge?

    No. The point system is broken up into a few categories. Route, off-road, challenges, and scenic. Each one of these categories has several opportunities to score points. If you choose to skip a single challenge event, that is ok. You will receive a DNF for the challenge and a score of 0 points but only for that specific challenge. You will still be eligible to place and you will still receive points from all of the other challenges that you did complete.

    In order to stay competitive and have a chance at the title you will most likely need to complete all of the challenges and route sections.