Jeep Jamboree: Tillamook, Oregon
From June 11-13, Jeep Jamboree USA held its first event in Oregon, and we were excited to be part of it. The event brought in people from all over the West, and even people from as far away as Wisconsin. With 193 people and 93 Jeeps, we were bound to have a great time. And despite Oregon’s reputation for rain, the weather was sunny and perfect.
The event started on Thursday where we hosted over 100 Jeepers at our Portland facility. We gave a tour of our plant that included stops at our tooling and shipping departments, our production area, our photo/video studio, and our recycling area.
After the tour, we treated Jeepers to a BBQ lunch. Everyone signed a Bushwacker banner and we got a great group photo. In addition, we had booths set up for some of the other brands in the Lund International family including AMP-Research, AVS, Lund and Rampage.
On Friday, we met up with the Jeep Jamboree group at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds to head out to Tillamook State Forest (TSF) to run the trails. We brought three Jeeps—two JK Unlimiteds and a 2000 TJ. After airing down and having a quick driver’s meeting, we headed into the forest. We ran a number of intermediate and advanced trails including Firefox, Stick In The Nose, and Archer’s Firebreak to name a few. Some, such as Stick In The Nose, offered some rocky terrain, others, such as Archer’s Firebreak, offered some significant off-camber hillclimbs. The weather was awesome, the people were great, and terrain was lots of fun. Most of these trails offered a quintessential Oregon wheeling experience of great trails and fantastic scenery, all nestled in the pine forest.
Saturday, we regrouped and headed back to TSF and ran a host of other trails on an equally beautiful day. After wheeling, we returned to the town of Tillamook where we set up a booth to showcase our products to those who weren’t able to attend the Buswacker tour. We always enjoy meeting Jeep Jamboree attendees face to face and talking “shop” and learning about their rigs and their wheeling experiences.
The Jeep Jamborees are fantastic ways to meet fellow Jeepers from all across the U.S. And with 30 trips to choose from across the country, there’s a location for everyone. Many participants have attended a host of Jamborees, too. (There was one couple in attendance who had been on 11 of them.)
We were proud to show Jeep Jamboree attendees all that Oregon has to offer for scenery, off-road trails, and hospitality, and we look forward to having them back next year.