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Rally at Sweetwater Summit BLM dispersed area

Thursday June 25 to Sunday June 28, 2009

RSVP for rally - Hosts - Bryan Leipper, Diane Leipper

3 Day rally for SNU and WBCCI members. Visitors welcome. SNU Board meeting on Saturday open to all.

Special Event – Amateur Radio Field Day – Check out the web page about the SNU hams

Location: The area is located on highway 338 in Nevada, which comes out of Bridgeport as California hiway182. If you are heading north on Nevada 338, at the Sweetwater Summit there is a large parking area to the right with a weather gathering station at the south end. From the southern end of the parking area, there is a short dirt road that goes behind a small knoll where the area flattens out and is an excellent place for a large group and large rigs.

The picture above shows the weather station and the turnoff to the rally site

Description – (This comes from Ed LaFranchi whose group, the Desert Rats like to camp at Sweetwater.) First of all, the elevation is right at 7000' so it is not a winter spot but later spring, summer or early fall would be good. There is a large off-the-road group that has used the spot for many years during the Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. You would want to avoid those dates.

There is no water source in the area - you must haul it in. You could get water and dump in Topaz (on 395) for a fee at the RV park/casino. Highway 338 continues north to the town of Smith and eventually to Yerington - the largest town in the area. Highway 208 cuts off to Wellington where there is a restaurant and a few supplies. We love this area. There is a great deal to see and do if you don't mind dirt roads. Hope you find and enjoy this exceptionally beautiful area

Click on map for larger view

Photo gallery of Sweetwater Summit -|- 2008 SNU Rally at Sweetwater -|- More information on the Sweetwater Summit area

What to expect at an SNU rally

Never been to an SNU rally? This page will give you information on arrival and departure times, meals, activities, and other information that will help make the rally an enjoyable experience.

Additional Information on the June rally at Sweetwater Summit

Arrival time - anytime after noon on Thursday June 25th

Fees: Kitty Kall: $5 per rig per night payable at the rally or online in advance (see below)

Events and activities: Morning coffee klatch is from about 7 to 9. Happy hours will likely occur on Friday and Saturday starting about 5 p.m. The SNU business meeting will be held Saturday at about 1 p.m. following a pot luck lunch. All gatherings will be informal and BYO (bring your own) to share as suits your karma. If you want to coordinate and plan, then form your own conspiracy with whomever is handy! Bring wood for campfires

Weather: May be warm during the day and can be cool at night.

Facilities: None. fairly level area for parking. packed dirt. Note: Please plan to take your trash out with you. There are no trash receptacles at the site.

Special Event: This weekend is when amateur radio operators hold field day. (Information on the 2008 Field Day). This is an opportunity for all hams to test equipment and contact other hams all over the world. There are at least eight SNU members who hold amateur radio licenses. We will be setting up a station at the Sweetwater rally.

Nearby attractions: Lots of nearby old mining sites, good hiking and off road bike trails.

If you can't make it for the entire time, feel free to join us for a few hours, one day, or whatever time frame fits your schedule.

Rally Kitty Kall prepayment option – pay online on the SNU shopping cart page for 2009

Thank you for supporting the SNU.

If you plan to attend please notify the SNU via e-mail to <hq(at)SierraNevadaAirstreams(dot)org> or a phone call to Diane at 775-972- 5011 . You can also mail an rsvp to SNU, PO Box 60572, Reno, NV 89506. It helps our planning to know how many people to expect.

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See you at Sweetwater Summit

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