1) What should a tour guest bring along?
The following items are what we suggest you bring along:
- Hiking shoes. Where we’re going you will definitely need them.
- A large brimmed hat, and an SPF treated one is always a good idea.
- Wear comfortable outdoor clothing with layering in mind.
- If going along on an evening or sunset tour bring a light jacket.
- Have a flexible time commitment. This is just part of the experience because we are never 100% entirely sure when we will return.
- Your camera gear.
- For those of you who wear contact lenses we suggest bringing along your eyeglasses too as it is often dusty and windy out on the tour.
2) What does Rubicon Trail Jeep Tours provide for the guests?
- Bottled water, flavored sparkling water, ice coffee, and other interesting beverages.
- An expedition quality ice chest with ice. You can put your picnic lunch and other foods you want chilled inside this cooler.
- A first responder aid kit. Though please keep in mind that we are not paramedics, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, nor any other medically trained persons. In the event of medical emergency we do what every concerned citizen can do and that is call for professional help.
- Radio equipment; including an Inmarsat IsatPhone-2 Satellite phone, 3 CB radios (1 mobile and 2 handheld), 4 HAM radios (2 mobile and 2 handheld), and 2 Verizon smartphones.
- Portable toilets and toiletries.
- Garbage sacks to carry out all the things we carried in.
3) Does the guest drive the Jeep?
On the half-day and full-day tours: No. Our day tours are guided trips with a highly skilled driver who knows the vehicle, the capability of the vehicle, is insured to drive the vehicle, and has the driving skills not to hurt anyone, nor damage the vehicle and the surrounding natural environments. Please keep in mind that our Jeeps are so highly customized that some have over $100,000 invested into them and if you were to drive it and in the unfortunate event that you damaged it, you would be responsible for all recovery and repairs of it – just like if it was your own Jeep. Because not everyone want’s this type of liability, and because we don’t want anyone to get hurt, we have our expert local driver do the driving.
End-to-end tour: Yes; conditionally. You have to have the skills to operate the vehicle safely, and if you can be added to our insuarance policy. If you are a skilled driver who is insurable, and pay the insurance premium, then yes. Keep in mind that there is no insurance available to exclusively insure a guest driver independantly of the registered owner of the vehicle. Thus, there is no way to indemnify the owner of the vehicle from a guest drivers cause of injury and collision. Therefore, you must be added to our policy to drive the vehicle. No exceptions.
4) Are animals allowed on tour?
On a case-by-case basis. Experience with pets visiting the wilderness has some heartbreaking stories. The new and exciting flora and fauna is a very exciting place for animals and the temptation to go explore is too great for most dogs and pets to control. This is a very sensitive issue and and we ask that you call us and discuss your situation before you bring your pet into the wild.
5) Can you cater food for us on tour?
We are happy to coordinate your brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages.
6) I’ve heard about frequent Yeti sightings along the Rubicon Trail, is that fact or fiction?
Fact. Yeti sightings have been reported and documented in the Tahoe National Forest by the indigenous Indians for millennium. Yeti loves vacationing along the Rubicon just as much as anybody else. The most often reported Yeti sightings occur along the Rubicon Springs and Spider Lake areas. Think about it, if you were a Yeti where would you hang out? In the event of a Yeti sighting make certain that you don’t move fast, do not approach it, step back slowly away from it while maintaining eye contact, and do not turn around and run from it.