In 1952 several
residents of Georgetown held a meeting to discuss the possibility of an
organized jeep tour from Georgetown to Lake Tahoe, via the Rubicon Trail.
What began as a Rotary Club effort to boost the economy of Georgetown,
CA, still continues to play a major role in Georgetown's business community.
On August 29, 1953, 55 jeeps with 155 enthusiastic participants left Georgetown
on a two day trip that is now known as "Jeepers Jamboree 1."
Jeeper's Jamboree is
the "Grand Daddy" of all four wheel drive events. Jeepers Jamboree
is held annually every last full weekend (Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.) in July
with a drive from Georgetown to Rubicon Springs over the Rubicon Trail.
Once at Rubicon Springs, the party begins...
When you show
up in Georgetown, you are greeted by hundereds of fellow four wheelers.
There are literally hundereds of Jeeps and other types of four wheel drive
vehicles everywhere! Upon registering at the Jeeper's Jamboree office,
you recieve a packet with all kinds of goodies. From wristbands to environmentally
safe soap, your packet has it all covered.
On Thursday morning,
the Jamboree staff gets everyone lined up, and ready to go. But before
hitting the road, you are fed the first of many excellent meals. Now it's
time to hit the road!
The road from
Georgetown to Loon lake has recently been paved. In years past, it was
much less enjoyable as it was a dusty, bumpy dirt road. Once arriving
at Loon Lake, it's time to lock in the hubs and put her in 4 lo!
On a scale of
1 -10, the Jeeper's Jamboree rates the Rubicon Trail a '10'. To this day
it is one of the most difficult trails in the country. But fear not, even
if you have a stock Jeep, Jeeper's Jamboree will get you through. How,
you ask? Well they have "Rockrollers" (Jamboree staff) at every
difficult section of the trail to help out, and point you in the right
Nobody is left
behind at the Jamboree. Even if you break something on your vehicle, Jeeper's
Jamboree has mechanics located strategically throughout the trail to help
assist you in repairing your vehicle. Don't have the part to fix it? Not
a problem. Jeeper's Jamboree can supply just about any part at a reasonable
price. They even have a helicopter to bring in anything out of the ordinary.
After a scenic
day of challenging four wheeling on the famous Rubicon Trail, you arrive
in beautiful Rubicon Springs. It's time to pitch a tent, and let the fun
begin! The Rubicon Springs area is an incredible area loaded with lush
forest, refreshing deep swimming holes (one even has a rope swing!) and
more. Jamboree main camp is located right in the heart of the Springs,
on a beatiful green meadow backing up to the Rubicon River.
Here you will
find Amos' Bar (no host), the Kitchen, Ice Cream Parlor, stage for live
bands, and dance floor. Each day you are served breakfast, lunch, and
dinner that would rival the finest dining available in civilization.
after dinner, there is live entertainment consisting of live bands, comedians,
and other types of fun. Remember, your only responsibility at the Springs
is to have fun! No pressure, no traffic, no worries. Just good friends,
good food, and good fun.
When Sunday rolls
around (bummer!) it's time to saddle up, and head to scenic Lake Tahoe
via Cadillac Hill. Don't forget, you have the "rock rollers"
to show you the way. Once you get to the end of the trail, you are fed
your final meal.
On your drive
back home to civilization, you will reflect upon the many challenges and
great times you had conquering the most famous trail in the world.