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 coat.
- 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) 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.
4) 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 everybody else does. Note, the most often reported Yeti sightings occur along the river banks of the Rubicon Springs, and the lakeshore areas at Buck Island Lake and Spider Lake. Think about it, if you were a Yeti where would you want to hang out during the summer? 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.