For the last few years, Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp has been an annual end-of-summer tradition among friends. Getting out into the woods to build camaraderie with other riders and enjoy the best time of year in Washington has been the perfect way to finish the season. Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp started out small, with a few buddies, their trucks and trailers, and a dog or two, finding a spot to camp out in the forest for a few days of riding. Because we dry camp, and cell phone service isn’t available most places, the directions have traditionally been, “Drive until you see the sign for Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp, and that’s where we’ll be.” Each time, the number of people who’ve come out has increased. Friends invite other friends, and the party has grown.
Last year, it grew unexpectedly large. In the morning as everyone was waking up, having coffee and breakfast, trucks we didn’t recognize began turning into our camp, the drivers all asking if they were at Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp. We didn’t know these riders, but they’d seen the sign and wanted to join us. We had a great ride and made a lot of friends that day. That’s the way the dirt bike community is.
Dirt Bikers want to care for and protect the land on which we ride. We find peace in the forest, and we want to conserve it. As we ride the trails, especially as winter comes to an end and the snow melts and heavy rain falls, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in order to clear trails and make them safe and rideable. In the early part of the season, a primary purpose of our rides is to clear fallen trees and debris. When we find litter on the trails, we pick it up and pack it out with us. We aim to leave no trace and leave the forest better than we found it.
For me, preserving the forest isn’t a chore, it’s a labor of love. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest in particular has a special place in my heart, and in the hearts of many riders. The memories, much like the friendships, will stay with me long after my ambitious riding days are over, but I’m not done yet. I want to continue riding and making memories for years to come. That’s what Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp is all about.
The work we do in our recreational time makes a difference, but it’s not enough. In order to do more, we need more people and more time. That takes money. This year, Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp is changing from a sign in the woods to an event for riders, their families, and anyone who loves and wants to protect and preserve Gifford Pinchot. I have partnered with Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) to put on the first official “Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp” event to raise the money we need for NMA to do the work that needs to be done. We are offering a camping weekend from 9/23-9/25 at Cispus Learning Center in Randle, also located in the Gifford Pinchot region, with tent and trailer sites. Our main event will be Saturday, September 24th. It will include a ride coordinated by NMA and a family-friendly evening event with live music, food vendors, a beer garden, merchandise/vendor booths, raffle, and more. I sincerely hope you’ll join me in making the first annual Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp a success. I am looking for monetary donations and merchandise or other items for our raffle. In exchange for your sponsorship, Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp will provide sponsor benefits respective to the size of donation. All details are available at the website: Robsdirtbikecamp.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Robert Gauthier (253) 241-0284
Creek to Peak Moto/Rob’s Dirt Bike Camp