Adventure-loving women have a new competitive event to consider: the inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally set for Oct. 13-22. The brainchild of veteran off-road racer and trainer Emily Miller, the rally is a seven-day navigation competition that covers 1,000 miles of the southwestern U.S.
Using 4x4s and crossovers, competitors will navigate remote backcountry roads without GPS, cellphone or computer assistance. Maps and a compass are the only aids competitors can use.
The race will have two classes — 4x4s and crossovers — each with their own set of requirements and technical challenges. If you don't own a qualifying vehicle, Jeep Wrangler Rubicons will be available for rent.
Each day of competition will end in a comfortable camp equipped with food, sleeping accommodations and bathroom facilities. The rally will begin in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., and finish in Del Mar, Calif.
To find out more about this first-ever U.S. event or to register, click here.
We expect the event will field quite a few full-size pickup truck entries; in fact, Ram is providing a 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel and sponsoring the team of Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen, two longtime adventure enthusiasts who have been involved in competitive rallies (such as the Gazelle Rally in Morocco) and overlanding for many years.