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Fri, Aug 14


Plan to meet at a winery in Walla Walla.

***TRIP FULL*** OBDR-Alvord/Steens (OAS) Expedition 2020

Join Trip Leader, Scott Sattler, with a detachment of intrepid NWOL adventurers will embark on a 7-10 day overlanding adventure using the Oregon Backcountry Adventure Route (OBDR) as a path down to the remote Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain range in SE Oregon.

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***TRIP FULL*** OBDR-Alvord/Steens (OAS) Expedition 2020
***TRIP FULL*** OBDR-Alvord/Steens (OAS) Expedition 2020

Time & Location

Aug 14, 2020, 9:00 AM – Aug 24, 2020, 11:00 PM

Plan to meet at a winery in Walla Walla.

About the event

We will meet at a winery in Walla Walla on Friday evening to enjoy a meal and wine tasting together. After camping overnight in the vineyard, the group will head South on OBDR Route 5 with a goal of completing sections #4, #3 and a portion of #2 in four days. 

We will then drive through the Malheur Wilderness area and begin exploring The Alvord desert (an expansive dry lake playa), Alvord Hot Springs, Steens Mountain Summit (over 10,000 ft) ,various ghost towns and old ranches. Come prepared for 3-5 days of camping on the desert playa and high up on the steep slopes of Steens Mountain. 

As always, a high-clearance 4WD vehicle with recovery points, good quality AT tires with a full sized spare, recovery gear and 5 gallons of extra fuel are required. Capacity to carry at least 10 gallons of water is mandatory for this trip.

The route has been mapped, including points of interest, potential campsites, and gas/food stops. The GPX file for the route will be distributed to members of the expedition.

I hope you can join us for an adventure into the Lonesome Realm on the OAS Expedition 2020!


Scott Sattler - Trip Leader

Dan Cronin - Safety Observer

Nathan Poplawski - Security Manager

Chris Schenk

Brandon Schmitz

Kevin Queenan

Nick Parsons

Earl Pluard


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