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Towns, Trains and Trails of Nevada 2004

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Off-Road School Rates

Class type: Drivers allowed: # Vehicles per class: Cost per car:
Level-1 2 drivers/1-certificate Max 15/Min 3 cars $300
Level-2 2 drivers/1-certificate Max 15/Min 2 cars $325
Level-3 2 drivers/1-certificate Max 10/Min 2 cars $400
One-on-One* 1-driver/ 1-certificate Max 2/Min 1 car $500

Excursions: $ varies according to event and location.
Special Events, Rally Driving, Navigation, CT, please inquire.
Navigation: $225.00 per vehicle, Family ok! Max 2-drivers.
Nevada Trophy, Navigational, $300.00 per car.
GPS Navigation: $25.00 per person / $45.00 Couples (Livermore)

Each “ORE” off-road driver training class is a one-day course, often lasting some six + hours. The Beginner class is mandatory for all participants. The Level-2 class is very popular, though not required for Advance class registration. Most classes are based out of Fernley, NV (Reno).

*One-on-One classes require two (2) participant vehicles & two (2) “ORE” vehicles. The above rate is for one (1) vehicle/one (1) driver. Additional driver (1) per car add $100.00.
Please call to check availability of class.

When signing up On-line you are required to submit a credit card# at that time, or if paying by check it must be received no later that 5-days after. If you fail to show up for your event/class $50.00 will be deducted and not-refunded, the remaining balance will be credited IF you attend same type class/event with in the calendar year. Please DO NOT sign-up if you have no plans on attending an event/class.

Special
Notes concerning above listed courses:

1) All Training classes are One (1) day events.
2) Classes last approx Six (6) hours each.
3) Level-1 classes are normally held on Saturdays only.
4) Level-2 classes are normally held on Sundays.
5) Level-3 classes can be scheduled for either day in advance.
6) One-on-One classes may request dates & time as available.
7) Class location varies and can change due to weather, and without notice.
8) Additional drivers are $50.00 each (per class); meaning three (3) per car.
9) Advance Registration and Payment is required.

Photo your 4x4 During most courses, "ORE" will have a photographer on hand to photograph you and your 4x4 in action. These photos will be mailed to you after the event at no charge. If you would like enlargements they are available at a nominal cost.

Now you can show your friends what you did over the weekend!
Photographing your 4x4 in Action!

Level-1 Class

Have you read the previous categories? "Questions & Answers" to "A Guide to Off-Road Driving".

Let’s jump ahead... You have already contacted "ORE" and obtained the sign-up material, which you’ve complete and returned in a timely manner. Your motel/hotel reservations are complete and confirmed, "ORE" has since mailed you a confirmation for your class...

1) It’s Friday evening, your 4wd is loaded up and pointed towards the predetermined location.

2) You’re asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (all Level-1 classes are held on Saturday’s).

3) You’ve completed the required paperwork and convoy instructions have been issued... you’re rolling by 10:00.

4) Once you’ve arrived at your class location, "class room time" will begin. This is approximately 35-45 minutes. Here the instructor(s) will go over your vehicle, Break Overexplaining everything from maintenance to approach/departure angles, ground clearance, break-over, etc.The 4wd system will be discussed in some depth, including when and why it should be used. Traction, axle articulation, wheel travel, tires and even snow chains are discussed in depth.Driving tips and habits are also discussed, including demonstrations. Well worth it.

5) The group will now depart on a low key/low impact trail ride, using roads/trails suiting beginners.

6) As the convoy makes its way along the route, obstacles will lye ahead. At each obstacle the lead instructor vehicle will stop the convoy, the participants will be asked (required) to gather around. Watching, listening and doing is learning. Next, the Instructor vehicle will tackle the given obstacle first, followed by the first student in line and so on until we’ve all cleared the area. You’ve watched, you’ve listened, you’ve done it yourself, you’ve learned. Instructors are on hand to personally help you through the obstacle, so not to worry. Then its on the next obstacle, and so on, and so on.

7) Soon lunch break will be upon us, this will give all participants and Instructors a chance to talk.

8) Your trail ride continues after lunch, more obstacles and fun lay ahead.

9) At approximately 4:00/30 p.m. you’ve completed the course. Time to head for the hotel or home.

A certificate of completion will be mailed to you soon thereafter.
  


GMC Tahoe hard at work…
"ORE" Level-2 Class 8/99.

Level-2 Class

Whether you have just completed the Level-1 class on Saturday, or some weeks/months ago, you’re more than eligible for our Level-2 class. These classes are sometimes scheduled on the Sunday following a Level-1 class (special arrangements can be made to allow for a Saturday Level-2 course), thus enabling participants to tackle two courses in one weekend, allowing more off-road fun for your buck.

Our Level-2 class is just that, Level-2. Before you have completed the Beginner class you’ll be more than familiar with the way we work and how we teach you the fun of off road driving. Level-2 classes consist of different locations with different terrain. Unlike some classes that scurry off to the boulders strewn areas, we don’t, instead we head to the valleys and canyons where we can play uninterrupted in the loose dirt and obstacles with in the dry washes. A cross-country run may be included, or requested, but in the end we take you where you can learn at your speed, one that won’t exceed the limitations of your vehicle. Sure the terrain is more difficult, but in order to progress further, we must tackle more difficult situations. This is a very popular course.

1) Like the Beginner course, you’ll be mailed a confirmation notice approx one week prior to your requested date.

2) It is likely the meeting location will be different than that of the Beginner course, please be aware of this.

3) The time frame is the same, approx 6 hours, meeting at 9:00/9:30 a.m.

4) Due to the area involved, fuel tanks may require topping off in town prior to setting out.

5) At approximately 10:00 a.m. we’re on the road headed to our play area.

6) "Class Room Time" is near zero in this course, instead being replaced with more One-on-One teaching.

7) Off-Road; The use of low-range and high-range varies, as does the terrain.

8) Vehicle control is taught more extensively, as well as approaching obstacles and reading the trail ahead.

9) Some map reading & navigational work is taught. Just ask.

10) Approximately 6 hours later we’re done for the day.

A certificate of completion will be sent to you soon thereafter.

Level-3 Class

No, you are not required to take/complete the Level-2 course before tackling the Level-3 class, though as stated before, the Beginner course is required. As with our other classes, the title says it all, and this is Level-3. Again, these courses are normally scheduled for Sunday, alternating with the Level-2 courses for the time slot, the one with the most requests wins. The Advance class can be requested in advance for a given date (during an open weekend), or private group classes as small as three vehicles can be arranged.

Prior to, or during, your asked what sort of terrain you wish to tackle (with in our areas of use). Some opt for desert playa, others want dry and wet washes, while others want to drive cross-country. It’s all up to you, or leave it to us and we’ll give you a taste of it all (with in reason). Navigation is also explored, getting into, or out of, a particular area is all part of driving off-road (see "Navigation" for more on this subject).

One-on-One Class

Just as the name implies, this is a true One-on-One course, one instructor to one student ratio, i.e.: private lessons. We like to set these classes up in advance, so take a look at your schedule and ours. We also ask that two student vehicles be present in most cases (safety in numbers rule). The Beginner class is not required for this class, as it contains such as needed.

Navigation & Map Reading Class

  Getting there and home again can be difficult at times. Since the first ships set forth across the vast open oceans, navigation was the key to their success. When wagon trains pulled out of  Missouri in the 1800’s, someone had to navigate, otherwise they may have found themselves in Oregon instead of California.  Today navigation has become so much simpler with the advent of the GPS (Global Positioning System). Maps, which have been around longer than most can remember, are still a very important tool, as is the compass. However, a GPS is all but useless without a map and proper training. Want to learn more?  Every now and again we’ll have a navigational class, or request it during an Level-2 or Level-3 class. You’ll be glad you did.

Rally Driving Class

  Just as the title suggests. Interested in vehicle control? Whether you’re on a dry paved two lane highway, a snow covered mountain freeway, or motoring your way down a gravel or dirt road, car control is paramount, and driving mistakes can be disastrous.  During the Rally Class we’ll take you through the paces of car control, how to steer with the throttle, and how to recover a sliding vehicle. This is a great class for those on the move in adverse conditions, or who have previously wrecked their 4wd’s in such. We’ll teach you when and when not to use the brakes, about ABS, traction, gear selection, the works. Here to navigation plays an important part (if you choose to go rallying), that of reading and translating the rally route book (pace notes). Our experienced instructors can help. This class is a must for anyone considering signing up for the Camel Trophy.