Vehicle Preparation

The Pilgrimage 2024

The Pilgrimage is an exhilarating way to explore the great outdoors and push the limits of your vehicle. While extreme off-roading may require specialized equipment and skills, The Pilgrimage offers a thrilling adventure that can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.

Understanding The Pilgrimage 

The Pilgrimage consists of driving on unpaved trails, dirt roads, and variably-challenging terrains. It allows you to embark on an off-road journey, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and experiencing a sense of adventure.

Choosing the Right Vehicle

While The Pilgrimage doesn’t demand highly modified vehicles, it’s essential to have a capable and reliable vehicle. A vehicle with good ground clearance, decent all-terrain tires, and four-wheel drive capabilities is generally suitable for The Pilgrimage adventures as well as adventure bikes. All vehicles must be road-legal as we traverse on main roads between Class IV outings.

Safety Considerations

Safety should always be a priority. Follow these safety guidelines:

  • Familiarize Yourself: Understand your vehicle’s capabilities and limitations before embarking on The Pilgrimage. Read the owner’s manual and learn about your vehicle’s off-road features.
  • Wear Seatbelts: Always buckle up, and ensure all passengers do the same.
  • Travel in Groups: Whenever possible, go on The Pilgrimage with at least one other vehicle. This helps in case of emergencies or getting stuck.
  • Carry Basic Emergency Equipment: Pack a first aid kit, recovery gear (tow straps, shovel, and tire repair kit), and essential tools for minor repairs.

Selecting Trails

When choosing trails for The Pilgrimage, consider the following:

  • Difficulty Level: Stick to trails suitable for your skill level and vehicle capabilities. Gradually increase the difficulty as you gain experience.
  • Seek Advice: The Pilgrimage brings together everyone from first-timers to highly trained certified trail experts and we someone is always happy to assist or offer to bring you along with their group to guide you.
  • Time and Travel: Vermont’s Class IV network covers most of the state and travel can be slow depending on trail conditions. Make sure you plan appropriately. It’s no fun being stuck on the trail and hungry because you thought you’d be back in time for lunch!
  • Environmental Considerations: Respect the environment by staying on designated trails and packing out any trash or waste.

Terrain and Driving Techniques

The Pilgrimage involves navigating varying terrain so keep these general driving techniques in mind:

  • Maintain Momentum: Maintain a steady speed to overcome minor obstacles like rocks, ruts, or shallow water crossings.
  • Tire Pressure: Lowering tire pressure slightly can improve traction on uneven surfaces. Remember to reinflate tires once back on pavement.
  • Approach and Departure Angles: Learn your vehicle’s approach and departure angles to avoid scraping or damaging the front or rear bumpers.
  • Uphill and Downhill: When tackling inclines or declines, maintain a consistent speed and avoid sudden braking or acceleration.
  • Enjoy the Scenery: One of the joys of The Pilgrimage is the opportunity to explore Vermont’s stunning landscapes and scenery. Take the time to enjoy the scenery, take photographs, and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice responsible off-roading during The Pilgrimage by leaving no trace behind. Respect the environment, wildlife, and local communities by following the “Leave No Trace” principles. Minimize your impact and leave the trail as you found it for everyone to continue to enjoy.

The Pilgrimage offers the opportunity for an adventurous off-road journey, allowing you to explore Vermont’s beauty and embrace the thrill of adventure. By choosing the right vehicle, prioritizing safety, selecting appropriate trails, and practicing responsible off-roading, you can embark on a memorable off-road expedition going “Always a Little Further”.