Official 2019 StP Jamboree Information!

Cornelius Vango

Chaos Magician
Jambo Organizer
Joined
Sep 25, 2015
Messages
297
Current Location
Slab City, Ca
For the past four years, we've been meeting up in Slab City, California for our annual gathering of travelers from the online community Squat the Planet. This year we are breaking with tradition slightly with a pre-jambo meet-up at Slab City Library, taking a stop at another meet-up point in Joshua Tree (probably The Saloon), where we'll have a meal before we caravan to a secret location on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park to begin our crazy weekend. From there we will be setting out on a group expedition to explore some abandoned mines and hopefully locate a 100+ year old ghost-town deep in the desert.

People interested in attending should meet up at Slab City Library over the week leading up to and by the morning of November 9th, 2019. From there we will pile into my school bus (and hopefully a few other vehicles) and drive to the second rendezvous point, picking up any stragglers along the way, and then to the chosen location. This location will not be published here, so if you want to attend, make sure to get to one of the two meet-up points by November 9th or if you are showing up later that weekend, just get to Joshua Tree and you will be able to get directions from us then.

We will have some supplies available (whatever community food we can all muster, booze, a finite amount of water, etc), but you are expected to bring enough supplies to sustain yourself for the weekend. This includes water (2 gallons per day is safe enough), food, and any camping supplies you might need. This is going to be a rather rugged excursion. We also will organize supply runs as needed. Standard travel gear and flashlights should be sufficient, but keep in mind you'll be in the middle of the goddamn desert, so having some survival gear doesn't hurt as well as some electrolyte drink mixes, a shawl or hat to keep the sun off, and some emergency camping rations!

Afterwards, we will return to the library where some of us will be staying for the winter. You're welcome to return and hang out after the Jambo, but you're not guaranteed a crew position and should be prepared to find a place to establish your own camp outside the library grounds (we can help you find a good spot).

Awesome! How do I get there?

Here's a map to Slabs and The Library! (Meet-up between beginning of November to the morning of the 9th)

And here's a map to Joshua Tree Saloon! (Meet-up evening of November 9th)

The closest town to Slab City is Niland, which is on the 111 highway, approximately 36 miles north of El Centro, California. Niland is a three mile walk from the Slabs. It's not difficult, and 90% of the time if somebody sees you walking along the road and they have room, you'll get picked up. I've almost never had to walk the whole three miles.

By Car: If you're coming via San Diego or from the East, you should take the I-8 freeway to El Centro, then head north on the 111 highway. If you're coming from Los Angeles, you should take the I-10 freeway east to the 111 south. Northeast, you should come via highway 78.

By Bus: The closest you can get to Slab City via Greyhound is El Centro.

By Train: A north/south bound UP train actually goes right through Niland, but almost 90% of the time it doesn't stop there or anywhere near it, it just goes right through. Best bet would be to make your way to Indio, hop off there and hitch the remaining distance to Niland. If someone can provide more detail on this, please let us know.

El Centro actually has a daily metro bus that goes to Niland for the amazing price of $1. So if you're hitching, that dollar will save you quite a bit of distance. Unfortunately it only leaves once every few hours between 5:45am and 8:45pm.

What do I need to bring?
  • The usual travel gear, pack, sleeping bag, etc...
  • A tent and tarp will probably be extremely useful.
  • Water! Bring at least two gallons with you to start. You can refill at the Library for 25 cents a gallon and/or for some elbow grease but once we're in the actual wasteland, we'll be on whatever reserves we can manage to haul out.
  • Food! So you don't starve. Obviously you're going to want non-perishable, highly nutritious survival food. If you're not sure what that means, do a little research please.
  • Toilet paper and a small shovel. We will be nowhere near toilets.
Where can I get supplies?
  • The nearest grocery store is in Niland (a three mile walk from the slabs).
  • The easiest water source in town is at the Niland grocery store, where you can buy filtered water for $0.30/gal (bring a container).
What else should I know?

I'm not sure! Since we're announcing this so early we're still working everything out. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions, post them here and we'll address them the best we can. Now go tell your friends!

StP Dirty Scouts Jamboree - https://squattheplanet.com/fest/

If you're attending, please RSVP with a comment below so we can get an idea of how many people to expect!
 
Last edited:
OP
Cornelius Vango

Cornelius Vango

Chaos Magician
Jambo Organizer
Joined
Sep 25, 2015
Messages
297
Current Location
Slab City, Ca
Guys i just made a BIG EDIT to the date of the jambo! If youre following along, we've discussed logistics and have decided to move the date to over a month later. Just posting to make sure this is noted by all of you! Sorry for any confusion!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Bey

WanderingBear

Lurker
Joined
May 7, 2019
Messages
15
Current Location
Arizona
For the past four years, we've been meeting up in Slab City, California for our annual gathering of travelers from the online community Squat the Planet. This year we are breaking with tradition slightly with a pre-jambo meet-up at Slab City Library, taking a stop at another meet-up point in Joshua Tree (probably The Saloon), where we'll have a meal before we caravan to a secret location on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park to begin our crazy weekend. From there we will be setting out on a group expedition to explore some abandoned mines and hopefully locate a 100+ year old ghost-town deep in the desert.

People interested in attending should meet up at Slab City Library over the week leading up to and by the morning of November 9th, 2019. From there we will pile into my school bus (and hopefully a few other vehicles) and drive to the second rendezvous point, picking up any stragglers along the way, and then to the chosen location. This location will not be published here, so if you want to attend, make sure to get to one of the two meet-up points by November 9th or if you are showing up later that weekend, just get to Joshua Tree and you will be able to get directions from us then.

We will have some supplies available (whatever community food we can all muster, booze, a finite amount of water, etc), but you are expected to bring enough supplies to sustain yourself for the weekend. This includes water (2 gallons per day is safe enough), food, and any camping supplies you might need. This is going to be a rather rugged excursion. We also will organize supply runs as needed. Standard travel gear and flashlights should be sufficient, but keep in mind you'll be in the middle of the goddamn desert, so having some survival gear doesn't hurt as well as some electrolyte drink mixes, a shawl or hat to keep the sun off, and some emergency camping rations!

Afterwards, we will return to the library where some of us will be staying for the winter. You're welcome to return and hang out after the Jambo, but you're not guaranteed a crew position and should be prepared to find a place to establish your own camp outside the library grounds (we can help you find a good spot).

Awesome! How do I get there?

Here's a map to Slabs and The Library! (Meet-up between beginning of November to the morning of the 9th)

And here's a map to Joshua Tree Saloon! (Meet-up evening of November 9th)

The closest town to Slab City is Niland, which is on the 111 highway, approximately 36 miles north of El Centro, California. Niland is a three mile walk from the Slabs. It's not difficult, and 90% of the time if somebody sees you walking along the road and they have room, you'll get picked up. I've almost never had to walk the whole three miles.

By Car: If you're coming via San Diego or from the East, you should take the I-8 freeway to El Centro, then head north on the 111 highway. If you're coming from Los Angeles, you should take the I-10 freeway east to the 111 south. Northeast, you should come via highway 78.

By Bus: The closest you can get to Slab City via Greyhound is El Centro.

By Train: A north/south bound UP train actually goes right through Niland, but almost 90% of the time it doesn't stop there or anywhere near it, it just goes right through. Best bet would be to make your way to Indio, hop off there and hitch the remaining distance to Niland. If someone can provide more detail on this, please let us know.

El Centro actually has a daily metro bus that goes to Niland for the amazing price of $1. So if you're hitching, that dollar will save you quite a bit of distance. Unfortunately it only leaves once every few hours between 5:45am and 8:45pm.

What do I need to bring?
  • The usual travel gear, pack, sleeping bag, etc...
  • A tent and tarp will probably be extremely useful.
  • Water! Bring at least two gallons with you to start. You can refill at the Library for 25 cents a gallon and/or for some elbow grease but once we're in the actual wasteland, we'll be on whatever reserves we can manage to haul out.
  • Food! So you don't starve. Obviously you're going to want non-perishable, highly nutritious survival food. If you're not sure what that means, do a little research please.
  • Toilet paper and a small shovel. We will be nowhere near toilets.
Where can I get supplies?
  • The nearest grocery store is in Niland (a three mile walk from the slabs).
  • The easiest water source in town is at the Niland grocery store, where you can buy filtered water for $0.30/gal (bring a container).
What else should I know?

I'm not sure! Since we're announcing this so early we're still working everything out. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions, post them here and we'll address them the best we can. Now go tell your friends!

StP Dirty Scouts Jamboree - https://squattheplanet.com/fest/

If you're attending, please RSVP with a comment below so we can get an idea of how many people to expect!
I most def would enjoy this! Ive explored a few dozen old ghost towns and mines in the PNW and AZ but none in Cali. Also I can drive some peeps too if you need. :)
 

Similar threads


About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$100.00
Goal
$100.00

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $100.00 of $100.00 - reached!
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $100.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Latest Status Updates

Guy I met in jail offered a trailer to rent in the nation's #1 city for violent crime per capita.
Nothing sketchy about this.
I'm so excited!!! My first ever down sleeping bag is in the mail, it will be here Friday night!!! Getting rid of this huge bulky 0° synthetic crap will reduce the size f my pack 50%!!! Not to mention pounds... Now if I could only gtfo!!!
Looking to travel soon in about a month any suggestions??
Texas is full of things that can kill me and I don't think that's great.
NOT SO FAST on heading to Chicago. I can tell it's a rough place to start over. I applied for another job in Mpls, and see how that goes in 2 weeks. If they take their time, like I don't have my own, bye. But, I'm going to give them a chance.
cammyrose wrote on Honey Crust's profile.
You're hella cute 😍🖤
Does anyone els ever go threw life trials that cant be naglected and keep you from traveling? I keep getting so close to go then, BAM! another obligatory anchor...
IDoRails69 wrote on Travelerkid93's profile.
You ever find your road dawg? I just had mine bail on me before we even left and I'm still going, but I'm not really looking forward to being solo again. Did it before and it just kinda sucked. I can try to meet you wherever you'd want. I'm in the middle of illinois right now. Hmu if you're interested and we can chat and get to know each other before we decide if we should meet up.✌

Members online

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $50.00 of $50.00 - reached!
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $75.00 of $75.00 - reached!
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $100.00 of $100.00 - reached!
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $100.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Forum Statistics

Threads
23,970
Messages
218,820
Members
8,730
Threads in last 24 hours
11
Messages in last 24 hours
76
Members in last 30 days
964
Latest member
esgar