Off-Road Safety Academy invites owners of short wheelbase vehicles to explore the remote backcountry with like-minded vehicle-supported adventurers.
Bob is again offering scenic backcountry adventure tours for short wheelbase vehicles (shorter than full-size trucks). Short wheelbase vehicles like 2 or 4-door Jeeps (even Gladiators), Toyota 4Runners, Land Cruisers & FJ Cruisers, Land Rovers, G-Wagons, Nissans, Broncos, and etc. are all invited.
Come along and see new sights, camp in new locations, meet new friends, and learn how to off-road safely. Each tour includes unique evening campfire discussions on such topics as overlanding navigation, water disinfection, satellite communications, backcountry survival, and various 4WD driving topics.
Off-Road Safety Academy is a permitted BLM and
National Park Outfitter and Guide.
Below is the 2021 Backcountry Adventure Tour schedule.
Prior to signing up for the tours, carefully read the Terms & Conditions associated with these tours.
Cost for each tour is PER VEHICLE (not per person). You may bring as many people along on a tour as you have legal seatbelts.
You may purchase and reserve your spot NOW for the tours listed below. Click the button below to take you to TicketLeap.
REMEMBER... ONLY 12 VEHICLES CAN GO ON THE TOURS IN THE USA. 10 vehicles on Baja tours. Once maximum vehicles have paid, a waiting list will be formed.
Death Valley National Park Backcountry Adventure Tour
Rescheduled for Early 2022 - Check Back for Exact Dates
Three days of exploring the largest National Park in the lower 48 States. Over 80-percent of this beautiful park can’t be seen from the pavement – you have to venture off-road. We will visit several old miner's cabins (shhhh... secret locations), challenge our vehicles on some of the park's more narrower and rocky trails, and travel to some of the park's iconic locations. Interested in seeing Barker Ranch? Don't know why it's famous? Look it up online. Cost $499.00 per vehicle.
READ CAREFULLY PRIOR TO TOUR PURCHASE
• Cancellation Policy. FULL refunds (TicketLeap credit card fees and tour fee) for ALL tours are only possible up to 60-days AFTER ticket purchase (unless there are names on a waiting list to fill the spot). Sixty-one days after ticket purchase and up to 60-days prior to the first day of the tour, only the tour fee can be refunded - credit card fees are not refundable. No refunds are possible 59-days prior to the first day of the tour.
• Vehicle Requirements. All vehicles must have 4-Lo gearing capability, reasonable ground clearance, 33" tires (minimum), seat belts for all passengers, at least one traction aiding device (locker, electric traction control, LSD), plus front and rear frame-mounted recovery points. A trailer hitch in the rear can serve as a frame-mounted recovery point. You must have a full-size spare tire – no “donut” spares allowed. On this tour, you must NOT use a hitch-mounted tow ball, cargo "basket," spare tire mount, or bicycle rack on the rear of your truck. You must not have anything attached to your rear truck trailer hitch unless cleared with Bob.
• Vehicle Self-Assessment. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to make sure his or her vehicle is in TOP mechanical condition. “Top condition” means mechanically sound to the manufacturer’s specification, plus, no fluid leaks, dangling wires/cables, bad tires, or repetitive squeaks while moving. Be courteous to others on the tour – do not come with a vehicle that is not in TOP condition. If you are in doubt that your vehicle is not in top condition, then it probably isn’t.
• Remote Backcountry Vehicle Breakdowns. With appropriate considerations for the entire group, Off-Road Safety Academy may assist with the repair and/or towing of a broken-down vehicle. However, professional towing of a disabled vehicle may be needed. Most towing insurance is not applicable when off-road (AAA, roadside assistance, etc.). If you breakdown in the backcountry, it may be necessary to organize special off-road towing of your vehicle. Often times professional off-road specific towing is very expensive and requires the use of a credit card to begin extraction. These expenses will be the sole responsibility of the tour participant whose vehicle is disabled. Off-Road Safety Academy will be able to communicate with these services in the backcountry.
• Self-Reliance. This is not an overlanding-style tour - we will be camping in the same spot each night. We will either be staying at Panamint Valley Springs Resort or at Stovepipe Wells Resort. Both locations have campgrounds, RV-hookups, a motel, and a restaurant. You may bring your 4WD vehicle on a trailer or towed behind your motorhome.
• Extra Fuel. Participants will need at least 3-5 gallons of extra fuel (unless you have a 400-mile fuel cell/tank). This fuel must be stored in compliant and legal containers and stored outside the vehicle.
• Changes in the Trip’s Itinerary: Off-Road Safety Academy’s tours are conducted in the natural environment. As such, tours are subject to bad weather; trail washouts, and other unforeseen conditions. To the best of the tour leader’s ability, all tours will be conducted as advertised. However, unforeseen conditions may cause the tour to be modified based on trip safety. Each tour participant must come with a flexible and self-reliant attitude and ability. Group safety will always come before the objective of reaching the advertised destinations.
• Medical Self-Assessment and SAR Expenses. Off-roading and overlanding have inherent risks. Included are the risks of an illness or injury in a remote location. All tours will be conducted within a location that is remote by both distance and time to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local hospitals. Off-Road Safety Academy does not require pre-tour medical screening to join the organized outing. By enrolling in the tour, you are certifying that you are medically capable of participating. Should you experience an unfortunate medical condition during the tour, requiring emergency extraction from the backcountry, participants will be responsible for any/all Search And Rescue (SAR) or helicopter expenses.
• Pet Policy. Pets are welcome on the tours (EXCEPT the Baja Tour), but owners must adhere to National Park and BLM regulations. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Pets may never be left unattended. Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of in garbage receptacles. Pets may not enter government buildings or backcountry dwellings.
• Children Passengers. Well behaved, school-age children are always welcome on the Tours.
• Driver Requirements. Each driver must be a licensed driver with proper vehicle insurance. All state and local driving laws apply while off-road on this tour. Drivers must adhere to these regulations.
• Paper Work. Each tour participant must complete and sign a registration form that includes emergency contact information and tour guidelines and notes. Each tour participant must complete and sign Off-Road Safety Academy’s Liability Release and Assumption of Risk form.
• Car-To-Car Communications. The tour leader will provide you with a handheld Rugged Radio for use in your vehicle during the tour. Via radio, the leader will provide historical, biological, geological and 4WD information and tips while we drive.
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