How to Join

Summary

 

The whole story, lots of extra details

Start with a stock-friendly Open Run

Everyone starts in the club by joining an Open Run, which gives you a chance to get to know EOTB club members, to try off-roading on stock-friendly trails, and gives us a chance to get to know you, too: Fit is really important. The vast majority of people who join us on an open run convert to membership; those who don’t usually select themselves out.

Our last Open Run of 2018 was in September – our next one is likely going to be in late May 2019: that’s when we aim to get the season started, weather permitting: Too much rain, we start later; dry enough, we sometimes start earlier.

If you want to join one of the open runs, please complete http://www.eotb.ca/guest-waiver-form/, submit it (very important!) and print it (after submitting it!), and bring it and $20 guest fee to the meeting place (specified in the calendar event).

Keep an eye on the calendar, come to a Wing Night

All events are published well in advance on eotb.ca/calendar – we’ll update the calendar in April with 2019 events.

Another great way to meet people is Wing Night – which is misnamed since our current fave spot has far more than wings (and the food is really good). They are the second Monday of every month.

Membership fees

Membership works out to $65, in three parts: $20 for joining us on an Open Run, $20 to convert from guest to club member, then $25 for membership in the OF4WD (their individual fee is $50, you get a $25 discount for joining as a club member).

Memberships are renewed starting January of the next calendar year; you must be a member in good standing to attend and vote at the AGM (and yes, you can renew at the AGM) and to attend member runs. The annual membership fee will be $40 in 2019.

Everyone is welcome at Wing Night, no extra charge!

More about Open Runs, Trail Leaders, and more

As mentioned, all Open Runs take place on stock-friendly trails, but they all have interesting optional obstacles, things you can try if you like but don’t have to; experienced drivers with built rigs enjoy these trails too. We try to set them up so that you can get a good view of those who do the obstacles.

All of our runs are led by experienced trail leaders who are familiar with the trail and with the obstacles, and who know whether or not any given vehicle can make it over/through: We have zero interest in damaging anyone’s one ride and we have a strict no-egging policy, so if we indicate that you could try an obstacle, it’s because we know you can make it.

(For a lot of our Trail Leaders, this is a favourite: The look on someone’s face when they’ve just done something they’d only seen on the Internet… …then they want to do it again!)

All of our runs, Open and Members, are family friendly: Lots of people bring their pets and/or kids (quite a few members learned to drive on the trail – it’s easy to parallel park when you’ve been squeezing a truck between rocks and trees for years). All runs are drug and alcohol free, including cannabis-free.

When we camp, barley sandwiches, etc., are welcome once the keys are put away for the day, so long as people are reasonable and remember the family-friendly part.

Each driver is ultimately responsible for themself, but the trail leaders provide a lot of good advice. (We only advise what we think is possible and practical for the person in question. We never urge or “egg” and if we yell STOP! or WHOA! it’s because we see something you don’t…. Always a good idea to listen to those two words…. :-> If you hear a quieter “stop”, it is likely someone wanting to snap a pic of your position…. BIG :->)

PS: Absolutely optional reading :-> (from the person who wrote this page)

Off-roading can be a little overwhelming at first: Much new terminology, many built vehicles, many experienced drivers. But I have to say I certainly felt welcomed and encouraged when I started wheeling with the club in 2015, having bought my JKU in late 2014 and being completely new to offroading. Three years later, I’m club secretary and one of the trail leaders: Every organized run will have at least one trail leader (impossible to miss in the bright orange Ts with “EOTB TRAIL LEADER” on the back). It’s the trail leader’s job to ensure everyone is properly equipped for the run in question, to get the group to the trail, to help people navigate the trail, and to get back to civilization, or at least close enough to it that no one will get lost.

One of the best parts of trail leadership for me is helping newbies: When you suggest someone attempt an obstacle and they give you the “you’ve got to be kidding me” look and you reassure them and tell them what you want them to do…

…and they do it, and the smile lights up their face and they say “I wanna do that AGAIN!”

That’s pretty special. Ironically, as a trail leader, I spend more of my time out of my Jeep than in it, especially on newbie (open) runs

— Peter Whittaker, Club Secretary and Trail Leader