2019 Rebelle Roadmap, Tips, & Advice

We know joining the Rebelle isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve laid out a step by step guide for you on how to get there and some tips and advice to consider along the way!

Here are our suggestions for getting rally-ready:

  • Read the rulebook.
  • Read the FAQs.
  • Secure your spot.  Dive in & REGISTER.
  • Find a great teammate – someone with similar goals.  (A sense of humor is a plus!)
  • Identify a vehicle.
    • Your own?
    • Want to Rent? – Rally in a fully Rebelle-prepared Jeep Rubicon via dependable provider – Barlow’s.
  • If necessary, raise funds.  Be honest with yourself & ask:
    • Am I a marketer or influencer for companies?  Try sponsorship.
    • Am I a hard worker?  Use your skills and maximize your earning potential.  Try Uber or Lyft!  We have several success stories.
    • Am I an Entrepreneur?  Grab the white board and get creative…
    • Am I a fundraiser?  Party planner?  Start a GoFundMe. Throw a bash. (Check with your accountant or legal advisor for key advice and questions.)
  • Train.
    • Read our Compete Page for a list of skills to know and practice.
    • Check for Rebelle U training courses, contact your local 4×4 club, search for 4wheel drive training courses near you.  For navigation, follow the Rebelle Rally online navigation course with exercises in the password protected portion of  our Competitor Zone.  Check REI for an outdoor map and compass class for excellent basic understanding.  Contact a local orienteering club.
    • Secure and prepare your required items – outlined in the rulebook & Compete Page.
  • Have you got spirit?  Select your designated non-profit organization for the chance to win the Team Spirit $5000 cash award.
  • International teams – check the rulebook and select your non-profit for the opportunity to win $2,500 in your team’s name.

Ready for the competition? Here’s some tips: 

  • To be the best teammate, work to be the best you can be at your role.
  • Have reasonable expectations.  If you have never participated in the Rebelle, you can’t expect to be an expert at it – the pace, format, and challenge.  To learn how to win, you must first learn how to finish.
  • The Rebelle is about being self sufficient and at the same time, a good teammate. Read all the rules, do your research, and don’t just turn to social media or someone else to answer questions or do the work for you.  It will bite you in the competition.
  • Don’t overpack.  Excess will get in your way, frustrate you, and slow you down.  BUT, if an item is EXTREMELY important, bring more than 1.
  • Sleep when you can, and sleep well.  Pack a very comfortable sleeping pad, bag, tent, and pillow. 
  • Pack efficiently with easy to transport bags/containers.
  • Don’t use key gear for the first time on the rally.  Practice with it early – MAXTRAX, shovels, navigation equipment, external odometers, etc.
  • People tend to practice what they are best at, not at what they struggle with.  Read the basic and intermediate navigation skills in the online navigation training.  Rate your ability for each skill on a scale of 1-5, and sharpen your weaker skills.
  • Understand triangulation and know how to execute in the field.
  • While driving and navigating are the fundamental skills, the difficulty is performing when tired, frustrated, hungry, lost, etc.  Be prepared to discover some things that surprise you about yourself – both positive and negative.  It is a great opportunity to grow.
  • Someone will make the first mistake, if it isn’t you, go easy because you will make one too.
  • Know how to do your teammate’s job, NOT to criticize or critique, but to be a safe and effective partner.
  • Remember that respect for your teammate and humor go a long way.  Keep the challenge in perspective.
  • Afraid to fail?   Evaluate what you define as failure and consider a new definition.  Not all mistakes are failures, but a chance to learn and apply experience.  Learn from every mistake and apply it to the next checkpoint or day.  And then LET IT GO.
  • Remember, “If it were easy, everyone would do it!”

Still got questions? Email us at info@rebellerally.com and we’d be happy to answer them!

2019 Rebelle Roadmap, Tips, & Advice2018-12-05T16:03:54-07:00

2018 Press and Social Media Recommendations

How do you make the most of your media on a rally that you can’t use your phone? We have great coverage planned this year, and have put together some simple recommendations to help make the most of your media for your team!

PRE-RALLY

  • Visit our website frequently to stay updated on the Rebelle and get the latest news.
  • Sign up for our emails. Get Rebelle news directly to your inbox! You will receive our monthly newsletter, press releases, and also daily updates during the Rebelle.
  • Follow us on social media. We are social! Much of our news and info hits social media first, so stay in the loop by following us. We do our best to tag every person/team appropriately on social media, but we can’t tag you if we don’t know you exist on social media.
  • Create social media accounts for your team. The best way to update your friends, family, sponsors, and fans on your Rebelle Rally progress is creating team social media accounts. Whether you choose Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc. is up to you, but keep in mind how much you can actually manage and what platform/s work best for your audience.
  • Designate a social media manager to update your social media accounts while you are on the rally. Give them access to your personal accounts or your team accounts so they may post on your behalf while you are on digital detox. If they have access, they will also be notified (depending on your privacy settings) when you are tagged in one of our posts, and can then share/retweet/repost. Make sure they are familiar with whichever platforms you are posting on.
  • Send us your Team Tuesday questionnaire. Every Tuesday we feature a Rebelle team on our blog and social media. This is a great way for our audience and yours to get to know you! You can also send your potential sponsors the link to your Team Tuesday profile so they can see you on a Rebelle platform. This also helps us when we pitch stories to media. They better we get to know you, the better we can tell your stories.
  • Pitch your own press. We encourage your team to go after your own press! Research the local newspaper or TV station’s “human interest” or sports reporter, and pitch your team’s story. Remember, there’s nothing like the Rebelle in the nation, and the fact your team’s town/city is being represented in it is a great story already. Don’t forget to point out in your pitch viewers/readers can track your team live on our website! You can also suggest a post-rally interview as a follow-up, so viewers/readers can see how you finished, your thoughts on the rally, and wrap up your story.
    • Please note, we are not your personal publicist! We may or may not contact regional media in your area with your team’s story, and will be in touch with you should things progress into a story/interview.
  • Buy a Rebelle Rally Photo Package. Get stunning images of your team from the rally from our world-class photographers. The photo package images are rights-cleared for personal and commercial use and can be used in a number of ways. Purchasing a photo package means your team’s photo manager will receive access to a selection of our photographer’s daily photos during the rally. You can find all the photo package information in the Competitor Zone of the Website.
  • Send in your Team Bio info. A few weeks leading up to the rally and during the rally, we post everyone’s Team Bio info so people following the rally can get to know the teams. This information exists on our website, and we often link to it on our blogs and daily updates. This is a great place for sponsor shout outs. The Team Bio questionnaire link will be available September 10th.  And like Team Tuesdays, the better we get to know you, the better we can tell your stories and pitch them to press.

DURING THE RALLY

  • Ensure your family, friends, fans, and sponsors are signed up for the newsletter.  During the rally, we send out a daily update to this database. It includes a press update, course and terrain description, special stories, standings, images, video, and links. You can sign up for our newsletter at http://rebellerally.com/emailsignup.
  • Provide your social media manager’s email address at Tech Inspection. At Tech Inspection we will have a station for you to provide your social media manager’s email. They will receive a special press release daily during the rally with a link to that day’s photos, which they can then share with your sponsors or on your social media. Please make sure they add media@rebellerally.com to their address book so the emails don’t just go to the junk mail folder.
  • Direct your fans to follow your team at rebellerally.com/live. On the Live page, people can live track your team, check the scores, look at team bios, read the daily updates, or visit our blog. Have them bookmark this page during the rally!
  • Download the YB Races App. While your fans can live track your team on our website, they can also do it on their phones. Have them download the YB Races app (available for iOS and Android), and search for Rebelle Rally. The tracking will be available by competition day, and will usually appear on the app on the day it goes live. Your fans or social media manager can track your progress, take screenshots, and update others to your progress.
  • Onsite press. We will have media onsite during the rally that may approach you during the competition for interviews and images. All media onsite has been cleared by the rally, meaning they are from an accredited, approved media source.
    • If you have a media outlet interested in covering your team onsite during the rally, please contact Kirsten Tiegen: media@rebellerally.com, and she will be in contact with the media person directly to complete a media application and media approval process.
  • Do an interview during the rally. If an outlet is interested in interviewing your team during the rally, we can facilitate this via Skype, telephone, and other ways of communication. This will need to be scheduled ahead of time to ensure team is available at Base Camp (i.e. a mid-afternoon interview would not be possible given team would still be on course at that time and not at Base Camp).
  • Send media requests to us. If an accredited outlet is interested in rights-cleared images specifically of your team during the rally, please provide Kirsten’s contact information to them and she will facilitate.
  • Have your fans and social media manager follow us on social. If your fans want to know your progress during the rally, have them follow our social media! We post multiple times a day on all platforms (Facebook, Facebook Stories, Instagram, Instagram stories, Twitter, and YouTube). They may not be able to catch up with you in person, but they can potentially catch a glimpse of you on our social!
  • Get notified when we make a social media post. We get it – there’s a lot going on your social media feed. During the rally, opt to get notifications when we post so you can stay up-to-date on rally news.
    • On Facebook: Go to the top of our page (com/rebellerally) and tap the “Follow/Following” button. From there you can opt to get notifications when we make a post, or to see our posts first in your feed. You can opt to do both, either, or none, and you can change this at any time.
    • On Instagram: Go to our profile (@rebellerally) and follow us. Then tap the three dots in the top right corner. At the bottom of the options should be “Turn on Post Notifications”. Tap to turn on. These can be turned off at any time.
    • On Twitter:
      • On Desktop: Go to our profile (@rebellerally) and follow us. Next to the “Follow” button in the top right corner should be three dots. Click the three dot and click on “Turn on Mobile Notifications.”
      • On Mobile: Go to our profile (@rebellerally) and follow us. Next to the “Follow” button in the top right corner should be a bell symbol with a plus sign. Tap the button and tap “All Tweets” to turn on account notifications.
  • Share, repost, retweet. Spread the Rebelle news! Share from our social media accounts to yours. We just ask you tag us @rebellerally and tag it with #rebellerally so we are notified and tagged appropriately.
  • Make sure privacy settings are turned off if you would like to be tagged in our social media posts. If you would like to be tagged, make sure your privacy settings allow you to do so.
    • Facebook: Go to your Facebook settings, and then click on “Timeline and Tagging” on the left side to change your options. You can set the audience of who can see the post, or whether you require review before the tags appear on Facebook.
    • Instagram: Go to your Instagram settings. You can set whether your profile is public or private (Account Privacy > Private Account), or whether you want photos you are tagged in to appear in your profile (Privacy & Security > Photos of You).
    • Twitter:
    • On Desktop: Go to your Twitter settings and clink on “Privacy and Safety” on the left. Under “Photo Tagging” you can set who can tag you in photos.
    • On Mobile: Go to your Twitter settings and then go to “Privacy and Safety. Under “Tweets” there is a “Photo Tagging” option where you can set if anyone can tag you in photos or if only people you follow can tag you in photos.

POST-RALLY

  • Post-rally press. Once the rally ends, your story will live on. We may contact you after the final day for interview opportunities. If you have an accredited media outlet reaching out to you directly, we are more than happy to supply images and b-roll to the outlet.
  • Sign up for Google alerts for media on the Rebelle Rally. This is a great way for you to keep track of Rebelle media, and use in a recap report to your sponsors. And make sure to read each and every article – you never know when and where your team may be mentioned or pictured!
  • Research media numbers to present with your recap. Sponsors and potential sponsors like to see numbers. Dress them up in a report to show how much of an impact their sponsorship has made/will make.
  • Stay up-to-date with our social media. Here, we share media stories as they come in. Stay updated in case you missed one!
  • Use your images. If you’ve purchased the photo packages, these photos are your rights-cleared tools. Use them. Here are some ideas:
  • Print and send along to your sponsors as a thank you.
  • Email a folder of images to your sponsors and suggest they use in their next ad campaign.
  • Print and auction off at a post-rally fundraising party to help with registration costs.
    • Send them on to the media you previously pitched.
    • Use in your wrap up report to your sponsors.
    • Use as promotional tool for your next adventure.
    • Create postcards and send thank you notes to everyone that helped you Rebelle.

2018 Press and Social Media Recommendations2018-08-02T16:45:34-07:00

Rebelle Roadmap: A Guide to Navigating to the Rally

Want to #jointheRebelle but don’t know where to begin? Here are our suggestions for getting rally-ready:

  • Read the rulebook.
  • Read the FAQs.
  • Secure your spot.  Dive in & REGISTER.
  • Find a great teammate – someone with similar goals.  (A sense of humor is a plus!)
  • Identify a vehicle.
    • Your own?
    • Want to Rent? – Rally in a fully Rebelle-prepared Jeep Rubicon via dependable provider – Barlow’s.
  • If necessary, raise funds.  Be honest with yourself & ask:
    • Am I a marketer or influencer for companies?  Try sponsorship.
    • Am I a hard worker?  Use your skills and maximize your earning potential.  Try Uber or Lyft!  We have several success stories.
    • Am I an Entrepreneur?  Grab the white board and get creative…
    • Am I a fundraiser?  Party planner?  Start a GoFundMe. Throw a bash. (Check with your accountant or legal advisor for key advice and questions.)
  • Train.
    • Read our Compete Page for a list of skills to know and practice.
    • Check for Rebelle U training courses, contact your local 4×4 club, search for 4wheel drive training courses near you.  For navigation, follow the Rebelle Rally online navigation course with exercises in the password protected portion of  our Competitor Zone.  Check REI for an outdoor map and compass class for excellent basic understanding.  Contact a local orienteering club.
    • Secure and prepare your required items – outlined in the rulebook & Compete Page.
    • Have you got spirit?  Select your designated non-profit organization for the chance to win the Team Spirit $5000 cash award.
  • International teams – check the rulebook and select your non-profit for the opportunity to win $2,500 in your team’s name.

 

Still have questions? Email us at info@rebellerally.com!

Rebelle Roadmap: A Guide to Navigating to the Rally2018-06-20T23:10:17-07:00

Rebelle Tips and Advice

New to the Rebelle Rally? We understand that being a first-time competitor to any competition can be daunting, and we want to let you know we’ve been there! Having been an off-road competitor, racer, and coach, here are Rebelle Founder Emily Miller’s best tips for the Rebelle and other endurance competitions.

  • To be the best teammate, work to be the best you can be at your role.
     
  • Have reasonable expectations. If you have never participated in the Rebelle, you can’t expect to be an expert at it – the pace, format, and challenge. To learn how to win, you must first learn how to finish.
     
  • The Rebelle is about being self-sufficient and at the same time, a good teammate. Read all the rules, do your research, and don’t just turn to social media or someone else to answer questions or do the work for you. It will bite you in the competition.
     
  • Don’t overpack. Excess will get in your way, frustrate you, and slow you down. BUT, if an item is EXTREMELY important, bring more than 1.
     
  • Sleep when you can, and sleep well. Pack a very comfortable sleeping pad, bag, tent, and pillow.
     
  • Pack efficiently with easy to transport bags/containers.
     
  • Don’t use key gear for the first time on the rally. Practice with it early – MAXTRAX, shovels, navigation equipment, external odometers, etc.
     
  • People tend to practice what they are best at, not at what they struggle with. Read the basic and intermediate navigation skills in the online navigation training. Rate your ability for each skill on a scale of 1-5, and sharpen your weaker skills.
     
  • Understand triangulation and know how to execute in the field.
     
  • While driving and navigating are the fundamental skills, the difficulty is performing when tired, frustrated, hungry, lost, etc. Be prepared to discover some things that surprise you about yourself – both positive and negative. It is a great opportunity to grow.
     
  • Someone will make the first mistake, if it isn’t you, go easy because you will make one too.
     
  • Know how to do your teammate’s job, NOT to criticize or critique, but to be a safe and effective partner.
     
  • Remember that respect for your teammate and humor go a long way. Keep the challenge in perspective.
     
  • Afraid to fail? Evaluate what you define as failure and consider a new definition. Not all mistakes are failures, but a chance to learn and apply experience. Learn from every mistake and apply it to the next checkpoint or day. And then LET IT GO.
     
  • Remember, “If it were easy, everyone would do it!”
Rebelle Tips and Advice2018-04-12T16:36:59-07:00

How to be Successful at the Rebelle Rally

We have completed two Rebelle competitions and we’ve already had someone win it twice!  Meet Kaleigh Hotchkiss.  Despite being new to navigation before last year’s rally, Kaleigh, of Team #125 took the 1st place trophy home in 2016 and 2017 with consistent daily results in each rally. Last year Kaleigh teamed up with driver Charlene Bower through the Ladies Offroad Network Challenge, taking the win in a 2016 Jeep Rubicon. This year Kaleigh teamed up with Teralin Petereit to form Team Blondetourage. Piloting a 1999 Jeep TJ together in this year’s rally, Kaleigh and Teralin had met up in person just a handful of times before they decided to be teammates. But it was their shared goals of wanting to learn as much as they could, improving on what they already knew, going on a grand adventure, and having some fun that really solidified them as a team. Not only did Kaleigh’s team win twice, but the level of accuracy of her team also increased as well. Winning with a total of 815 points and an 80% accuracy in 2016, Kaleigh and Teralin took home the gold this year with a total of 1177 points and a 93% accuracy.

So what does it take to be successful at the Rebelle Rally? We asked Kaleigh for some of her rally tips to find out!

How did you study navigation for your first rally?

Prior to the 2016 rally, I had never done any navigation before so I wasn’t really sure where to start. I started by reading “Be Expert With Map and Compass” by Bjorn Kjellstrom. That provided me with a good basic understanding of what land navigation really entails. From there, I used YouTube to find videos about anything navigation-related that I could find. I also viewed the online Rebelle training two times and did the attached exercises. A few weeks before the rally, I attended a Rebelle training course which really helped solidify the things I had studied. I think a lot of women shy away from the event thinking they don’t know enough or don’t have enough time to learn. But let me be an example! I didn’t know the first thing about navigation when I found out I would be competing in 2016 – but within a couple of months of studying in my living room, I was able to go on and win!

What skills helped you win the Rebelle?

I think it is evident to anyone who understands the premise of the Rebelle that you have to have an understanding of map and compass navigation. However, I think that there are other additional skills that helped us win. One thing is being able to stay consistent throughout the event. It can be long and exhausting but it is important to have your head in the game at all times. This is where having a teammate you can trust is of upmost importance. When I got defeated or exhausted, Teralin would step in and keep me back on track and vice versa. There is no room in the event to lose focus, even for a short period. Second, and on a related note, is managing time well. Even when we thought we had all the time in the world, we never stopped pushing ourselves to keep moving. You never know when that extra 10 minutes might come in handy later in the day. We didn’t stop to eat, we didn’t stop to take photos, and we made sure the car was always organized so we didn’t waste time finding things we needed. This extra time helps take the pressure off of you when you need to spend the extra time to triangulate for that difficult black checkpoint. Plus if you get back to camp first, the showers are clean! Finally, we had a great “3rd teammate.” We did not have any vehicle issues which really made a difference – we didn’t have to waste any time or precious energy fixing the Jeep. It is important to spend the time and money to protect your vehicle components as well as drive in a way that protects your car.

What specific navigation advice do you have for future Rebelles?

Make sure you know how to plot points really well. If you plot a point incorrectly, then you may spend hours looking for something that doesn’t exist. Also, if you ever feel like you aren’t sure where you are – kindly ask your driver to stop the car and take a few seconds to get reoriented. It will save you time in the long to not drive in the wrong direction (trust me, I say this from many, many experiences!).

Any non-navigation related advice?

DON’T OVERTHINK IT. I know it can seem overwhelming – it is a big endeavor! But use your energy (and money) for the important things. A good example is shoes – I know people agonized over the most appropriate boot for the rally. My teammate wore Nike tennis shoes all week and was perfectly happy. Wear things that make you happy when you see them. Use navigation tools that you can trust and that you understand. Find out what candy your teammate likes and keep it handy. Stay hydrated and have fun!

How to be Successful at the Rebelle Rally2018-04-09T19:52:34-07:00

Online Navigation Course is LIVE

The Rebelle Navigation Training program is now live.  This online training class is designed for competitors to build and review key knowledge and skills.  It is a combination of video, slides, and practice exercises with maps.  Ladies, check your email to ensure you have received the details, tools list, and login info.  A big thank you to SUUNTO for providing Rebelle competitors with a discount on product.

We currently have a scheduled navigation course in Reno, Nevada August 21-22.  This course is free of charge for registered competitors.  (A Rod Hall DRIVE Rebelle off-road driving course is available the following two days.)  We have just scheduled another Southern California course (free of charge) September 17-18.  Stay tuned for details.
Online Navigation Course is LIVE2017-04-20T17:15:11-07:00

Words of Wisdom and Planning Tips

Life is all about choices.  The choices you make always affect an outcome.

This is no different in the Rebelle.  You will make some key choices before and during the rally that will (or won’t) make it a more enjoyable and successful event.

Choosing a teammate:

Your teammate is such an important choice, as you will plan, prepare, compete, and camp together.  Hopefully, you will encourage each other and be each other’s best teammate.  If you have not competed in an event like this, and I mean one that lasts for many days, look for a woman who is competent, hard working, fun, has a strong sense of adventure, and sees the world as the glass half full.  Remember, the technical skills are learned skills, but personality traits are core to someone’s being and deeply rooted.   Your ability to communicate well and respectfully, find solutions, and laugh will most likely be tested at more than one point during your journey.

And my advice for being each other’s best teammate is to be the best you can be at your job.  I’ve seen many people pick apart the other person.  But the best thing you can do is look within and make sure you are doing your best job.  Lead by example.

Choosing your vehicle:

Your vehicle will have an impact on several items – your comfort, capability, and possibly your outcome.  Since this is not a race for speed, you have the opportunity to bring a very comfortable ride.   Comfort will help the fatigue factor, and that matters over a week off-road.  (And of course, your driving style heavily impacts your comfort level.)   Here are some items to consider:

– You will be in and out of your car often.

– A durable vehicle is key.  It will handle multiple days off-road, navigating rocks, ruts, washouts, dunes.   Durability goes hand in hand with smooth and careful driving, but a well-built, dependable vehicle is most likely to get you to the finish line and able to drive back home when you finish.

– Do you need a lifted vehicle?  No, but an SUV, pickup or CUV that has good ground clearance as part of its design and tall tires, will be important.  This is a 4-wheel drive/all-wheel drive event, not a car rally such as Rally America.  Although there are plenty of fun roads, double tracks, and transit sections on pavement, you will want a nimble vehicle with ground clearance, and excellent off-road Light Truck tires.

Choosing your gear:

You don’t need to go out and spend a bunch of money on fancy gear.  However, you will need some key basics for camping, and important provisioning items for your vehicle.  Since you will be camping each night, you will want to sleep well!  A comfortable sleeping pad and sleeping bag, housed inside a quality tent will help you get a good night’s sleep.  And don’t forget a pillow!  Your most favorite comfortable pillow in a giant Ziploc bag. Trust me.

Given the time of year, a 20° bag should work well.  A sub zero bag may prove to be too warm, but from my experience, a bag rated above 30° will not be enough in case the temperatures are lower than the seasonal average.  Don’t scrimp on the sleeping pad.  Personally, I like saving weight and space, but can’t stand that feeling that nagging rock in my back, and find that Exped and Big Agnes quality inflatable pads do the job well. However, trust me, regardless of which one you choose, you do need to test you’re your sleeping pad before arriving on the Rebelle.  You will not be able to camp in your car when in Base Camp.  Your car will be parked in “impound,” so a rooftop tent or sleeping inside will not be an option, unless you choose to do so on the self-camp night.

There are some really important gear pieces that are critical for your vehicle.  But whatever you bring, know how to use it!  The list of recommended items is on the website FAQs.  However, here are a few items that are just critical.

MAXTRAX – We can’t praise MAXTRAX enough. DON’T leave home without them.  These are traction devices that are light-weight, extremely strong, and easy to use.  You will be shocked at the seemingly impossible stuck situations these will get you out of – quickly. If you need to purchase, contact Matt Scott | matt@maxtrax.com.au for 20% off!

Compressor – A dependable, durable tire compressor is a must.  You literally cannot do the Rebelle without it.  Onboard air is awesome, but a portable is extremely convenient and gets the job done well.  Here are a couple recommendations:

ViAir

ARB

Do you need a winch?  We personally don’t believe you need a winch.  This is not an extreme 4×4 event.  MAXTRAX, shovel, and a tow strap should be plenty.

Tires – “Your vehicle is only as good as the tires it’s riding on.”  Tires are a dedicated blog post, so stay tuned.

So to wrap up today’s words of advice up, this information will not determine your outcome in the rankings, but it will definitely help you have a more positive experience.  And that never hurts!

Words of Wisdom and Planning Tips2017-04-20T17:15:11-07:00