Facebook Live: Think Like a Map

Maps have a fascinating history and we are literally lost without them!

Join Emily Miller for topics including history, map making, map reading, scales, determining heading and distance, and how to be successful by “thinking like a map.” The class includes downloadable maps you can use for home exercises and resources – found here: https://bit.ly/RebelleFBL

Facebook Live: Think Like a Map2020-04-02T09:56:11-07:00

June Newsletter – Course Surprises, AIRAID Offer, & 2019 Event Info!

In case you missed it, our June newsletter is full of exciting information for every Rebelle fan. Read on to find all about course surprises, how AIRAID leveled up their support, and details on our upcoming competition less than four months away!


A lot is in store for teams this October thanks to Course Director Jimmy Lewis, who has outdone himself on his fourth year as Course Director. Expect the unexpected as Jimmy and Emily find even more ways to challenge teams while showing breathtaking parts of the U.S. that mostly go unseen. We’re super excited to reveal to this year’s competitors the adventures in store.

The excitement will begin before the course; however, as we have our Tech Inspection once again in gorgeous Olympic Valley at Lake Tahoe. Set against the mountains, family, friends, and sponsors are welcome to send teams off with their support by joining us at the Squaw Valley Conference Center on Thursday, October 10th, and our Welcome Party that evening. This is the last chance to see the Rebelles as they will be out of all communications once they hand in their cell phones until San Diego!

And of course, we can’t call it the Rebelle Rally without finishing the competition in grand style. We will host our second annual daytime awards podium at Broadway Pier in San Diego at 12pm on Saturday, October 19th. Sponsors, friends, and family are welcome to join this public event by the water.

That evening, we’ll be trading in our wheels for heels at our always popular Rebellation gala at Coasterra, where we tell everyone to wear what makes them feel like a million bucks. This ticketed event – open to friends, family, and partners – is a way to celebrate competitors in their accomplishments along with dinner, dancing, and mingling under the stars and by the sea. Tickets go on sale August 1st.


We’re kicking off the first week of summer with some exciting news from the AIRAID team. AIRAID came onboard as a sponsor of the Rebelle Rally in May, and has just leveled up their support of competitors with an impactul offer:  the next five teams that sign up for the Rebelle Rally will receive a $300 AIRAID gift card.

The gift card can be used to help cover the cost of a team’s AIRAID air intake. It can also be used as an auction or raffle item for a Rebelle team’s fundraising efforts. As competitors know, a little goes a long way and we are thrilled that AIRAID has so generously donated to our 2019 teams. Teams signing up for the installment plan will qualify. Limit one per team. (Not redeemable for cash.)

A huge thank you to AIRAID for this direct support of our incredible teams.  And check out their new website at www.airaid.com.  Their great crew has recreated AIRAID to connect people’s love of driving and is literally breathing new life into adventure on wheels.

By Emily Miller

This past Friday, we lost our great friend with the passing of Rod Hall. Hall was a legend in the off-road racing world, with a race and win resume that is beyond compare. But he also leaves behind an enduring legacy and impact that will be felt for generations. Many may not know, but without Rod, there would be no Rebelle Rally.

I met Rod Hall at the National Automobile Museum about 17 years ago. I started getting call after call from Hall to team up on a couple projects that he was working on. I didn’t know him, didn’t know his racing history. I just knew that he was funny, tenacious, and the projects sounded like something where I could lend a hand. It would change the course of my path. He taught me to drive off-road, and gave me the amazing opportunity to race for him. He even rode with me in the right seat in the Baja 1000 and the first thing out of his mouth was “I don’t think I’ve ever sat in this seat.” Talk about pressure! We partnered in producing ride and drive events, drive trainings, the Michelin/BFGoodrich Light Truck Tire Seminars, and worked to revive the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. We spent countless hours, days and months scouting trails, laughing, and talking about life, ideas, and dreams…and he encouraged me to start the Rebelle.

Rod wanted to see more women in racing. We saw how well women did in our drive training programs, so we produced a women’s drive training event over a decade ago and knew we were on to something that could change the off-road experience for women. He was the inspiration to keep the Rebelle for stock, OEM vehicles. When it came time to lay out the first Rebelle course, Rod was our course director. He and I, along with Tom Heyl and Tech Director Chris Woo, spent days and days pouring over the upper part of the Nevada route, knowing it would set the tone of what would become the longest competitive off-road rally in the lower 48. As it became clear that his health was deteriorating, we would just go drive. Because nothing replaces windshield time with Rod Hall.

I am so thankful for the days spent in Rod’s kitchen with him and his wonderful wife Donna encouraging me through the launch of the rally. I’m thankful for our friendship. I’m thankful that he always believed in me. I’m thankful for his encouragement to drive beyond our borders – to see the world from the backroads and off the beaten path. I’m even thankful for all the 5 am text messages because Rod caffeinated early and was ready to go to work!

We will all miss Rod dearly. His stories. His one-liners. His delivery. Our sincerest condolences to the Hall Family and especially Donna, and his beloved granddaughter Shelby. The Rebelle community also thanks Original Rebelle Amy Lerner for her dedication to bring Rod’s story to the screen in One More Win. In his honor, donations may be made in his name to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

June Newsletter – Course Surprises, AIRAID Offer, & 2019 Event Info!2019-06-27T10:40:19-07:00

Meet Bryson White, Americas Marketing Manager for Suunto

Even before we started the Rebelle, our Suunto compass was consistently navigating us across our own finishes across the globe. And find any Rebelle during training or competition, you’ll more than likely find a Suunto compass by her side. Why? Suunto’s founder literally invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass, so to say they know a thing or two about finding their way is an understatement.

From the company’s 80+ years as a leader in the industry to producing some of the most impressive watches and dive computers, we relish in Suunto’s consistent “pushing limits” productivity – always at the forefront of innovation. A 2016 Original Rebelle sponsor, we’re thrilled that Suunto has stepped up once again this year to support the Rebelle. And along with the great crew at Suunto, we have Bryson White to thank for it. As an active outdoor enthusiast who lives and breathes the company’s commitment to exploring, we were happy to catch Bryson this week as he walks us through the company’s recipe for success, and how he truly “gets” what the Rebelle is all about.

Suunto has some incredibly rich history, starting in Finland more than 80 years ago. What’s your favorite part of working for a company so steadfast?
I love how focused the brand has been able to remain on its mission of helping people find their way on their adventures, whatever those may be. We’re in a very competitive space with our GPS watches, yet we continue to make some of the world’s best compasses and dive computers. We have enough experience to know what tools and technologies are sticking around, so our goal then is to build the most dependable product that helps people achieve their goals.

We love Suunto’s devotion to explore. Tell us more about your last big adventure.
I just got back from a week of rafting on Idaho’s Salmon River. It’s an incredibly beautiful and rugged place, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48. I worked there as a guide in college and it was great to be back with family and old friends.

What new product are you most excited about right now?
Suunto’s latest wrist heart rate watches are really impressive and I think highlight the brand’s dedication to quality and accuracy. We partnered with a proven partner (Valencell) that produces one of the most accurate sensors in the market, and we’ve seen great results from it.

Suunto has running, free skiing, cycling, hiking, lifestyle, swimming, diving and pretty much every other sport covered. And you’ve got some pretty prominent athletes as ambassadors. What draws them to Suunto?
Again I think it all comes back to having a product you can rely on, in some cases it’s in a life or death situation. Kilian Jornet, the Spanish ultra runner and mountaineer, is a great example. He set two speed records on Mt Everest this year, summiting twice (in one week!) without supplemental oxygen. He later went on to win the HardRock 100 mile endurance race despite having dislocated his shoulder earlier that day. He puts his equipment through the wringer and needs products he can depend on. Suunto is an easy choice.

What three Suunto items would you bring with you to conquer new territory?
Whenever I’m out in the wild I always have either my Suunto Ambit3 Peak or Spartan Ultra GPS watch. Both are great for tracking distance, pace and altitude. And I’m also an old school guy and like to carry a map and compass like the MC-2 (Editor’s note – a Rebelle favorite!)

We know Suunto started in 1936 with founder Tuomas Vohlonen and a liquid-filled compass. Have you noticed a trend lately of people getting back more to those roots –a good old map and compass for navigation?
For sure, at least the smart ones are :). Compasses are relatively inexpensive compared to GPS trackers, they outperform smartphone aps, and their batteries never die. I first learned to use a compass in Boy Scouts and have definitely polished up again working for Suunto. And it’s amazing the level of confidence you can gain by simply being able to know exactly where you are.

Lastly, any words of wisdom?
It’s super easy these days to become dependent on technology, especially in sports and the outdoors. I hope to take every opportunity I get to disconnect and do things the old-fashioned way, and allow myself to get lost. There’s a lot of freedom when you decide to let go.


Meet Bryson White, Americas Marketing Manager for Suunto2018-04-09T20:02:57-07:00

Rebelle U Launches Women’s Training Programs

January 19, 2017 (Reno, NV) – Rebelle Rally Enterprises, owner of the grueling Rebelle Rally, expands the brand by announcing the formalization of Rebelle U, the training arm dedicated to premium level coaching and training experiences for women in the adventure and off-road arena.

Founded by veteran off-road racer, coach, and rally founder Emily Miller, Rebelle U offers 1-4 day driving and navigation classes.  Miller, who has trained over 4,000 people in off-road driving skills, has assembled a team of top, experienced coaches including some of the most respected women in the space. Instructors include Chrissie Beavis, decorated rally navigator and driver, Nena Barlow, 4×4 expert, and Shelby Hall, off-road racer, driving coach and guide at Rod Hall Drive.  Additional coaches will join various programs, including decorated Dakar motorcycle racer and rally navigation coach, Jimmy Lewis. Lewis also serves as the Rebelle Rally Course Director.

After years of experiencing how women respond to automotive-based training, Miller knows that to bring more women into the off-road and automotive space, women’s-based programs are key. She assembled her first women’s specific off-road training event over a decade ago for female journalists and world-class athletes and has not looked back. “Women love to train, love to learn, and excel in the environments we have created. Bonds are built, barriers are overcome, and memories and skills are instilled for a lifetime.”

While classes vary in length, four-day events are the cornerstone to the experiential education. These programs include traditional navigation education, off-road driving skills, combining the skills in checkpoint exercises, sand dune training, mechanical instruction, on-trail troubleshooting, and gear review. Students tent camp and put their skills to the test, while coming back to the campfire to share stories and experiences.

Advanced one and two-day classes focus on specific topics designed for those with a good grasp of basic skills and looking to take things to the next level of proficiency. Rebelle U plans to expand the training component over the next 24 months. And while the program falls under the Rebelle umbrella, the training classes are not designed to teach women how to win the Rebelle rally, but to empower and prepare women to take on vehicle-based adventure. Classes are not exclusive to Rebelle Rally competitors.

To learn more about RebelleU, log on to www.rebelleu.com. To find out more about the Rebelle Rally, go to www.rebellerally.com.

Media Contact:

Kirsten Tiegen



Rebelle U Launches Women’s Training Programs2020-04-22T17:32:47-07:00

Check Points – The Overview of How It Works

The Rebelle is about accuracy and consistency. For the 2016 edition, everyone was new to the game. As the team that set the course, it was interesting for us to watch as competitors tackled this new format.   As you prepare for your 2017 adventure, here is an overview for the navigation challenge and capturing points in this “highest score wins” rally.


The Rebelle focuses primarily on compass and map navigation. The checkpoints are rated as green, blue, and black, indicating the level of difficulty in finding the CP and what to expect then they “see” it. A green CP is marked with a prominent green flag and course official. A blue CP is marked with a smaller blue flag or marking such as a blue, Rebelle branded stake.   A black CP bears no physical marking, and competitors must get within the “bullseye” to get points.

All Green CPs are mandatory and must be collected in order.  Blue and black CPs are optional. You may skip a blue or black CP but then continue on to the next CP, but it must be in chronological order. Competitors cannot go back to a missed CP or check off CPs out of order.

All competitors have a handheld Iridium tracking device to signal when at the CP. You only have one chance to signal the tracker.   The tracker gives a time stamp and latitude/longitude coordinate which the team records on their scorecard.

Signaling the tracker more than once at the location to “try again” or to get a coordinate to help pinpointing your location results in a penalty.


Each day, the competitors are given a CP Guide. The CP Guide lists the CPs by number, rating (green, blue, or black) and the points value. It also gives the coordinate and/or a heading or distance from a known location, as well as other pertinent information.


The maps we provide are US Topo maps and are very detailed and accurate. The scales we use are 1:50,000, 1:100,000, and 1:200,000. This gives our competitors a good challenge to work with different scale maps, but also gives more close up detail in some areas where it is helpful. When a route is mandatory, we place blue hash marks on the maps to denote the road or trail. In some areas, we also provide an accompanying roadbook to provide additional reference.

From that CP Guide information, you plot (locate with precision) the CPs on the appropriate map.  You do this by using a “minute ruler” graduated in the appropriate scale. We recommend using Map Tools’ scales, as they are very easy to work with and also include a handy distance scale on the opposite side. However, if you lose a scale or don’t prefer to use one, you can use math, or make your own scale.   Plotting CPs may sound difficult, but it does not take long to learn, and once you do, you will become quick and accurate with practice.


A compass tells you where you are in relationship to north (true or magnetic depending upon your compass). You use your compass to do some of the following key tasks:

Confirm the direction you should be going

To make sure the road you see on the map is the one you are on

To place your eyes in the direction you want to travel

To evaluate what geographic features you see are which ones on the map

To triangulate (to accurately locate your position on land to your position on the map if you are not sure your exact position, or accurately locate a geographic feature if you know your position).



So the system is, plot your CPs, examine your route, use a map scale or ruler to accurately measure roads, trails, etc., and use your compass to confirm or determine your direction and/or location.   Now this may sound like a tall order, but with practice and precision, you will become a proficient navigator with some basic practice. (Registered Rebelles have access to our online training course.)  What is of critical importance is accuracy. When you become tired, do not go through the proper steps, daydream, it is easy to get confused or lost. However, as we always say, “You are not as lost as you think you are.”


The Endro challenges of the rally are not necessarily extensive (in the 2016 edition, we had 3  timed Rebelle Enduro Challenges), but it does make the Rebelle more challenging for the all-around competitor. Enduro Challenges use a roadbook and challenges are designed for competitors to stay either “on route” or “on time.” “On time” Enduro sections involve a specific prescribed route with an assigned start time and assigned target average speeds through the route. Time controls are encountered along the route, indicated by a sign at the right side of the road, where competitors’ time of passage will be recorded by control workers. The goal of competitors is to follow the route and maintain assigned target speeds as closely as possible, points are awarded for being “on time” at each time control.  Competitors continue at the prescribed average speed without stopping or slowing at or immediately after a passage timing control. Each Enduro section finishes at a Green Checkpoint (unless otherwise noted), which is dealt with in the usual manner, and after which the time constraints no longer apply.  Points are awarded for ideal “on-time” passage at each timing control.

“On route” Enduros are designed to merely keep competitors on an assigned route.  Competitors use a roadbook to follow the instructions.  Nominal points are awarded, but can make a difference in tight competitions.


While the skills are not difficult to learn, what becomes a challenge on the Rebelle is “management.” …Managing time, communication between teammates, managing lack of sleep, fueling the body and mind, managing expectations, managing efficiency, etc. It is important to stay sharp, listen intently in competitor briefings, read all documents, asking questions if something is not clear, and ensure you come to the rally ready to follow the daily instruction as given in the CP Guides and notifications. Manage your time! This is not a race for speed, but wasting time will bite you.


Be prepared to be the best teammate you can be. A positive attitude in the face of challenges can make or break your experience. If you want to win or place in the top ranks, from our perspective, don’t focus on other teams and what they are doing, or the CPs they are getting. FOCUS on your own competition, and enjoy the journey. In Year 1, many black CPs were left on the table. So hone your navigation skills, practice with your partner, and take great care of your third teammate – your vehicle.
See you in the dirt!

Check Points – The Overview of How It Works2019-04-18T13:28:11-07:00

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

Welcome to the Rebelle Rally

What’s Up With The Name?

Rebel = verb – to defy convention.

Belle = noun – a beautiful woman.

Rebelle = a beautiful woman who defies convention.


The Rebelle is a journey, undertaking, movement, adventure that is a culmination of my passion, and the passion I know resides in many women like me. Not just like me… But with a kindred spirit.  The Rebelle Rally is a result of the vision and quiver of experiences from a life lived by a code of work hard, play hard, and characterized by a dose of elegance infused with a little “rough around the edges.” Its flavor is All-American, and a personality all its own but with appreciation for all the lessons gained along the way. And it’s just beginning. It will morph, it will evolve, but make no mistake, its the Rebelle.


I am honored to be surrounded with an absolutely awesome team, the mentorship and teammate in Rod Hall, and several behind the scenes who keep me adjusting the compass needle North. I make no promises about what you will personally feel, what you will take away. My honest intention is for you to embrace and enhance your driving and navigation skills, and we will build that platform for you to shine.

I intend for you to gain experience that will enable you and empower you in your future journeys – wherever they may lead you. You will be blazing trails across our American West, kicking ass and taking names, and at the end, we will wash off the dust and celebrate as Rebelles know how.


See you in October!


Welcome to the Rebelle Rally2017-12-07T22:32:14-07:00