Event
Overview

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event overview

We are just a few short days away from the Pilgrimage and as I write this some of the group have already packed up and are making their way to Vermont from all corners of the continent. We wanted to lay out as much information as we could before everyone arrives, feel free to reference this document throughout the weekend. 

Venue Change 

The local population hasn’t been as enthusiastic as we are about the change of land ownership at the original venue site and as a result the Chace Family has been working with lawyers to secure the future of the event on their property. At this time we are unable to host a gathering of this size on our property and so we had to change venues. In the future, plan to be back where this all started!

We do ask as you interact with the local population in and around town that you let them know why you are here for the weekend and that you are looking forward to coming back year after year. 

Important Phone Numbers

Derek Chace, Owner/Operator – (802) 324-3370

Local Businesses – All are less than 5 miles from the campground

Restaurants

Worthy Burger (802) 763-2575

5 Olde Tavern & Grille (802) 763-8600

Royalton Pizza Village (802) 763-2800

First Branch Coffee (802) 763-7774

Chelsea Station (802) 763-8685

Grocery/Provisions

South Royalton Market (802) 763-2400

Upper Pass Beer Company (802) 763-0010

Roma’s Butchery  (802) 763-0440

R B Delicatessen (802) 763-2411

Fuel

Shell Station (Gas & Diesel) 2336 Vt Rte 14, South Royalton, VT 05068

The South Royalton Market is a small grocery store that is really looking forward to our arrival. If you need to stock up on your way in, or just run out for something you forgot this is your local place to stop. We would strongly encourage you to spend your $ locally. This area of Vermont is tourism dependent and these food trucks are part of that local economy. 

Catering

In an effort to make meals as easy as possible, we have a number of options available on site. The campground owners ‘The Hendersons’ will be selling breakfast sandwiches and donuts on Friday and Saturday morning. 

Saturday evening ‘The Epic Food Truck’ will be on site selling meals.

Check in/Registration & Checkout

This year we are operating with a limited staff so registration will only be open a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening. Don’t stress if you arrive outside of staffed hours. The campground is open 24/7 so come on in, find a spot and get set up.

There will be a staff tent clearly marked where you need to check in. You will sign your waivers and pick up your vehicle identification decals.

Items to bring to the check in tent:

-Drivers License

-Vehicle Insurance Card

Vehicle Decals 

This needs to be placed on the front of your vehicle. It can be on the windshield itself, the bumper, or the bodywork but it must be visible from the front. This way when staff are looking down a line of vehicles we can clearly see who belongs and who doesn’t. We strongly suggest that you be on the lookout for other marked vehicles around town and give a wave!

Thursday Arrivals – 11:00-3:30pm

You are welcome to arrive at the campground anytime after 11am Thursday. We don’t have access prior to 11am as they are working hard to get it ready for us, so if you arrive early, enjoy the local town but PLEASE don’t try to check in early.

After 11am feel free to come into the campsite and get set up. 

Thursday Arrivals -4:00pm-8pm

Staff will be found at the Worthy Burger just up the road. It’s 1.5 miles away.  Worthy Burger is owned by a fellow overlander and VOT/VOC veteran and they are really excited to host us. For all you beer lovers they have Hill Farmstead on tap! Thursday night is a great evening to get dinner at one of the great restaurants in South Royalton. 

Friday Arrivals

Registration will be open and staffed from 7am until 10am, and then again from 4pm-8pm. 

Participants

We would hope this is understood, but just to make sure only registered participants may attend the event. Your buddy can’t wait for you in town and meet up to ride with you. All vehicles must be checked in, and all drivers must sign a waiver. This year’s COVID restrictions. The State of Vermont currently isn’t requiring masks, but many local businesses are asking customers to wear them.Please respect the store’s wishes as we are hoping with their support we can continue to host this event. 


Campground 

Henderson’s Hideaway

1427 S Windsor St
South Royalton, VT 05068

Family/Quiet Area – This will be clearly marked when you arrive. To help our families with younger children this is going to be a quiet area from 8pm until 7am.

Dogs

If your companion is well behaved they are more than welcome. We love bringing our pets along with us, but due to there being children and other pets around, please leave them at home if they don’t behave. 

Trash –  Pack it in, Pack in out – As always we ask that everyone abides by the Tread Lightly principles and policies all their own trash. We will have a small dumpster on site for your use, but let’s try to reduce the amount of trash we are creating. Please plan ahead.

Restrooms – There will be a number of Porta Johns spread around the campground. They will have built in hand sanitizer stations. These are going to be serviced both Friday and Saturday to try and keep them as fresh as possible. 

Fires – Firewood will be available for purchase on site. We will also have 6 community fire pits going. All fires need to be in some sort of fire pit like a solo stove. 

Water – There is no running water on site. You need to provide your own.

Trailers – Tow rig and trailer parking is VERY limited on site so PLEASE call us as soon as you can to let us know if you are going to need parking. 802-324-3370 

IF you show up without letting us know ahead of time there is no guarantee we will be able to find room for your trailer and tow rig. You would then be on your own to find public parking.

Drivers Meetings

Friday and Saturday morning there is a required meeting at 8:30AM. Please be sure to attend, any announcements or changes to routes will be announced then. 

Trail Rides

The State of Vermont, the local community and the Vermont Game Wardens have asked for us to limit the number of vehicles per group to 6 or less. That means NO MORE than 6 vehicles in a group. We have had issues in the past with mega convoys for 20-30 vehicles clogging up the trails and local roadways, creating issues for the local population and law enforcement.

As always we strongly encourage everyone to attend with friends and family, camp with them, eat with them, etc but limit the size of the groups on the trails. IF you have a group with more than 6 vehicles, we ask that you wait 10-15 minutes after their departure and leave as large of a gap as possible between you. This will keep everyone flowing more smoothly and will reduce congestion overall. 

Trail Courtesy

The trails and roads that we use for this event are all public right of ways. Remember that you will encounter everything from hikers to horses, dirtbikes to tractors and cars. We are visitors and guests, so please be courteous. Stop and talk to locals, give anyone or anything smaller than your vehicle the right of way. Please remember that you represent not just yourself, but your vehicle brand, your state and most importantly the Pilgrimage event itself and offroaders/overlanders. The last thing we want to see/hear is trash was left on the trail, someone tore up a pasture or field where they shouldn’t have been, or worse had an altercation. At the end of the weekend, the only sign that we have been there should be tire tracks in the mud and a bunch of pictures and memories. There are trail trash bags that are handed out and we would LOVE to see them come back full. Help us keep the beautiful State of Vermont clean.

Guide Services

If this is your first time or your 4th it’s always fun to let someone else lead the pack! We have a number of staff members that will be leading groups as well as two professional companies. If you are interested in either trail running with staff or the professional services, they will be hanging out in the vendor area in the mornings. 

Overland Experts – (860) 873-9640

North East Adventure Company – (207) 956-0399

Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we will have a number of vendors on site selling. The area will be staffed and open from 5pm to 8pm. 

Friday evening there are free classes being offered, a full list of vendors and classes will be listed on the Pilgrimage website.

Maps

You should have already received an email with the maps and instructions on how to use them.

As you open the App and start looking at the trails that are available you will see that they are color coded. This is there to help our novice drivers and experienced to find the right road/trail for them. 

Drivers Meetings

Friday and Saturday morning there is a required meeting at 8:30AM. Please be sure to attend, any announcements or changes to routes will be announced then. 

Trail Rides

The State of Vermont, the local community and the Vermont Game Wardens have asked for us to limit the number of vehicles per group to 6 or less. That means NO MORE than 6 vehicles in a group. We have had issues in the past with mega convoys for 20-30 vehicles clogging up the trails and local roadways, creating issues for the local population and law enforcement.

As always we strongly encourage everyone to attend with friends and family, camp with them, eat with them, etc but limit the size of the groups on the trails. IF you have a group with more than 6 vehicles, we ask that you wait 10-15 minutes after their departure and leave as large of a gap as possible between you. This will keep everyone flowing more smoothly and will reduce congestion overall. 

Trail Courtesy

The trails and roads that we use for this event are all public right of ways. Remember that you will encounter everything from hikers to horses, dirtbikes to tractors and cars. We are visitors and guests, so please be courteous. Stop and talk to locals, give anyone or anything smaller than your vehicle the right of way. Please remember that you represent not just yourself, but your vehicle brand, your state and most importantly the Pilgrimage event itself and offroaders/overlanders. The last thing we want to see/hear is trash was left on the trail, someone tore up a pasture or field where they shouldn’t have been, or worse had an altercation. At the end of the weekend, the only sign that we have been there should be tire tracks in the mud and a bunch of pictures and memories. There are trail trash bags that are handed out and we would LOVE to see them come back full. Help us keep the beautiful State of Vermont clean.

Guide Services

If this is your first time or your 4th it’s always fun to let someone else lead the pack! We have a number of staff members that will be leading groups as well as two professional companies. If you are interested in either trail running with staff or the professional services, they will be hanging out in the vendor area in the mornings. 

Overland Experts – (860) 873-9640

North East Adventure Company – (207) 956-0399

Vendors

We are pleased to announce that we will have a number of vendors on site selling. The area will be staffed and open from 5pm to 8pm. 

Friday evening there are free classes being offered, a full list of vendors and classes will be listed on the Pilgrimage website.

Maps

You should have already received an email with the maps and instructions on how to use them.

As you open the App and start looking at the trails that are available you will see that they are color coded. This is there to help our novice drivers and experienced to find the right road/trail for them. 

 Green: easier, light terrain 

 Blue: moderate/medium terrain 

 Red: challenging/difficult terrain 

 Pinkish purple: very challenging 

You will also see points of interest and fun facts about the area on the maps. 

If you have any questions this doesn’t answer please reach out either on Facebook, the website or call us directly. 

Thank you,

The Pilgrimage Staff

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Time to start fine tuning our setups before the 23rd. We're looking forward to seeing everyone! Remember, well behaved dogs are always welcome at The Pilgrimage 🐕
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Wednesday September 8 is the last day to register for this years event!

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It doesn’t get any better then this. Watching the kids play in the brook while sitting in an adirondack chair smoking a fine cigar. Perfect end to a very long week of Pilgrimage prep.

This year we are moving the bridge to the northern fording point. Thus leaving the southern fording point where it normally is open. This will allow for people to enjoy a great area to relax on either side of the brook and falls.

The bridge will be the only way to cross the brook this year.
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What kind of vehicle do I need for The Pilgrimage?. Many people are asking what the minimum vehicle requirements are for participating in this September's event. As Derek points out, there IS no minimum vehicle requirement. The Pilgrimage is only as difficult as you want it to be. Hopefully this video helps! ...

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Pinzgauer Twins exploring Vermont in preparation for The Pilgrimage in Sept. Just over a month left to register for The Pilgrimage! Don't miss out on the action in September! Register now at http://the-pilgrimage.com
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I thought it was supposed to be overLANDing 🤣
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Great day pre-running some of our more difficult class 4’s in preparation for the big event in September!
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You definitely don't see this everyday!
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🇺🇸 See, a couple hundred years later or so, we're getting along just fine. Happy Independence Day, no matter what flag you fly.
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Our friends at @northeastadventurecompany out on the class 4’s last weekend. They will be at the Pilgrimage offering a demo of their guide services and classes. The event offers an amazing opportunity to demo a couple different guide services and classes free of charge.
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The man, the myth, the legend @lazzmckenzie. Lazz will be back to help staff this years Pilgrimage. He is probably one of the nicest people you wil ever meet and an amazing driver.
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Very pleased to announce the Hammondsville Tavern is now open right at the bottom of the road. It’s a .4 mile walk from the event area to the Tavern. It’s also owned by a good friend and fellow Rover guy. The tavern has an amazing selection of local VT brews both on tap and cans along with some amazing beer from around the country. The menu is ever expanding. I’m sure this will be a popular hangout during the event.
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Adventure bikes are also welcome at The Pilgrimage as well as any other street legal overland vehicle! Registration is open at the-pilgrimage.com
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Event registration is now live! Link in bio
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Participants in The Pilgrimage will use their well-appointed vehicles to venture out into the Vermont backcountry while making stops at local shops, country stores, breweries and historic sites. Many love to find remote cemeteries and imagine how Vermont looked when horse and buggy meandered the ancient roads while some just come to take in the amazing fall foliage and enjoy the time back at camp.
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Rob Schwartz

Hey all. Great day on the trails in Rochester and Stockbridge today!

Another thing to do on Saturday, there’s a Bazaar on the Pittsfield green from 10-3. There will be food and craft items as well as great swag from the Tweed Valley Travelers snowmobile club! If you’re lucky, you’ll get to say hi to Dot! Tell her I said hi!!
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