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    Default Rally Worker preparation suggestions

    This is a collection of suggestions for rally workers getting prepared to work an event. It it collected from the Rally-MN mailing list, and reposted here for broader access. Some things are more specific to the conditions at OFPR.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScandiaWRX
    This is my first event to work as well. I have a hotel room and I've
    signed up to Marshal.

    Now my question is, what kind of things do I need to bring with me in
    to the woods to Marshal? Water, camp chair, flashlight, trail mix,
    rain poncho is kind of my list so far. Anything else you can think
    of? Is this too much? Too little? I realize I'll be in the woods
    (Oh yeah, bug spray!) and I figure I'll be there for a couple of
    hours? I'm guessing here. The voice of experience from those who
    have done this before is appreciated.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Larson
    Don't forget your camera.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Secor
    Oatmeal cookies ... no really, Having crashed out and a marshal hands me
    (and my driver) a bunch of cookies helped a bunch!
    (Reminds me, that I think Dave Parps handing out candy to start and finish workers is a nice, tangible token of appreciation for rally workers)

    Quote Originally Posted by K Travis
    Roll of toilet paper )
    ....and Depending on the time you will spend in the woods on your assignment(s) - some sandwiches or a little gas grill to BBQ between assignments
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan LaMothe
    I would bring long pants/sweat pants and a fall jacket. It can get
    fairly chilly at night out on Stage and especially if there is a
    delay you can be out on Stage until 12:00AM or longer.

    Optional: I would also look into buying a cheap listen-only handheld
    HAM radio so that you get a better idea what is happening on Stage.

    Other than that, have a great time!!!

    PS - Oh, and don't forget the toilet paper :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Holden
    Make sure you've got good bug spray. 3M Ultrathon is what I and some
    other rally people swear by. Lasts the evening without needing to be
    reapplied over and over. And the mosquitoes in the forests up there are
    typically thick.

    Good shoes (hiking boots are best) and know how to spot poison ivy. By
    this time of the year a lot of it will be turning red and be easier to
    spot, but it's all over, and you don't want to get into it.

    Help out with bannering! I know your car is good to go and it's a great
    way to see the stages before and after the competitors. And you get to
    experience the routebook too.

    A scanner (or better yet a ham radio and a license to use it, but that's
    something to look at down the line once you're hooked...) is a wonderful
    thing to have. If you are on a stage that is re-used, you may actually
    be waiting for a few hours between the runnings, and being able to
    listen in to what's going on is a lot more fun that sitting in the dark.

    Be prepared to spend a long time in the forest, depending on your
    marshal point, you could be out there longer than you think. Bring
    something to keep yourself entertained in the down-time.

    Bring some extra layers of clothing in case it gets cold once the sun sets.

    Best is to bring some friends and a camp stove and some
    burgers/brats/hotdogs and grill
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Brandt
    It's hard to have too much (but then I usually overpack).

    Maps, gazetteer, compass. Scanner. FRS radios. Flashlight(s). Extra batteries. Clipboard. Pen/pencil/highlighter. Knife. Whistle. Racer (duct) tape.

    Reading material.

    Food, drink. TP. Meds that you take/need (aspirin, sunscreen, sunburn stuff, 1st aid kit).

    Rain gear, warm clothes, umbrella.

    And, THANK YOU for working.

    Quote Originally Posted by Breon Nagy
    Water, water and more water. You'll need it. More often than not, someone
    else forgot their water as well. Sharing is caring. Energy food of some
    sort. I usually brign a lot of fruit....mmmm bananas. Also, bring a big
    trash bag. You'll have to haul away all that garbage that you and you
    waterless friends generate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pego
    For whoever said bring a trash bag, make that more than one. If it
    starts to rain you will want to keep everything dry, like your
    backpack or whatever you put everything into, your chair, your
    electronic gear if any. Yourself if it rains hard enough.
    Anything you think you might need is worth putting in your car if not
    your backpack And whoever said water was right, bring tons of it,
    because you will end up sharing.
    But most of all bring a sense of humor and have a great time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Grenwis
    Don't forget your cow-bell.


    Bring some friends too, it can get lonely out there.

    (Editor's note: Please forget the cowbell. For the love of humanity, leave it home...)



    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Rushford
    Forsure on food, and the self caring items. Take changes of clothing and
    footwear.
    Tennis shoes are great but if it rains, rainwear is best. You should plan
    for the worst, start with lest, you can always change.

    Bring a box of large garbage bags. If you work an area where there are many
    people, place one at the front and back of your car, people are glad your
    willing to handle it otherwise they toss it in the woods.

    Also a work light and convertor from say Walmart, 40.00 gets you a convertor
    where you can plug stuff in and run it like an outlet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Winker
    1) Bugspray... don't skimp!
    2) Water or Gatorade
    3) Flashlight
    4) Small cheap Wal-Mart one time use grills
    5) Aluminum Foil
    6) Jack's or Totino's Pizzas, Pizza Rolls, or Chicken Drummies
    7) Baseball bat to fend off any carnivore that smells what is cooking.
    (I've been visited by racoons, skunks, bats, a bear, a shrew, and a fox
    in past years. The bear was actually in the Chippewa Nat'l Forest and
    we don't run there anymore, FYI. I know there are fishers and other
    weasely-type mammals as well in some areas. Beavers, porcupines, mice,
    and red squirrels have been seen as well. No moose or wolves, but there
    was supposedly a red-haired bigfoot that was spotted in the Two Inlets
    State Forest 3-4 years ago. Hence the bat.)
    8) Buttwipe
    9) Books, magazines
    10) CD's
    11) Camera
    12) More film than you think you'll need
    13) Garbage bags (make great rain ponchos or camera protection as well)
    14) SPARE TIRE (make sure it's inflated!!!)
    . Long story about being in
    the middle of PA woods at STPR '98. Luckily someone's crew was picking
    up a dead car and had an air tank that was half full.)
    15) Blankets
    16) Sweatshirt and sweatpants
    17) Parka
    18) Bikini
    19) Suntan lotion
    20) Folding chair
    21) Pruning shears (for getting pesky branches out of your photos)
    22) Batteries!!!
    23) Scanner if you can afford one or find someone who does
    24) Minnesota Atlas or other good maps
    25) Salted-in-the shell peanuts
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Donovan
    the best way i have found to deal with all that stuff is a
    rubbermaid tub. they keep everything dry (and dust free) in a
    pinch. you can toss everything in it really fast and they can
    double as a "table" when luch time comes around.

    Mark Holden - G2 Nissan Sentra SE-R

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    Thanks a bunch Mark! I linked over to the rally-mn mailgroup that you posted, but was reluctant to sign up, didn't want to add another "lurking" member who rarely contributes.

    This thread is nice, a very good start. I am a planner by nature, have lists all over the place, wife hates it. Who knows, me & my son may just be out in the woods next Oct, offering our meager assistance to LSPR...

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    I keep everything I need to participate in a rally (except for seasonally apporopriate clothing) in three of those plastic storage boxes with the hinged tops. This includes a few things that might seem unnecessary on the surface, but are there because they get used. 300 ft. of outdoor extension cord, for example. My kit is also pumped up with extra 1/10 sec tod clocks, control boards, and waivers, because on more than one occasion, having such things allowed a stage, that would otherwise have been cancelled, to run. Don't

    Packing becomes easy; toss the boxes in the back of the Pilot and go.

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    Thanks for posting this up Mark. These are some great recommendations and they got me off on the right foot.

    Thanks to Jimmy adding racer tape to the list, he really saved my bacon with that one. I'm sitting in my camp chair on OFPR stage 5 and as the first rally car goes by I watch the tripod leg on the timing light slowly start to sag taking the beam out of alignment. *Yikes!* I kneel down to hold the light back in alignment, while hollering for my coworker, Carrie, to look in the rubber maid container in my car for duct tape. She brings it over and by the light of my head lamp I wrap the tripod leg, twigs, grass and whatever else gets in the way with tape to hold it in place for the remaining cars. We didn't miss a single car with the timing light!

    As to the HAM radio license? I guess I'm hooked, I passed two weeks ago. You can now call me KC0YSA. Now I just need to buy a HAM radio.

    By all means help banner too if you have the time. It's a lot of fun.

    A newby working finish with on Passmore at LSPR had a great idea for marking the location of the near timing light when you have to sit well back for safety and its very dark. She took the light stick from our volunteer worker bag and tied it to a twig over the light so she could better see where it was and judge when to call the, "mark".

    See you all at Sno*Drift
    -Amy Springer
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScandiaWRX
    Thanks to Jimmy adding racer tape to the list, he really saved my bacon with that one. I'm sitting in my camp chair on OFPR stage 5 and as the first rally car goes by I watch the tripod leg on the timing light slowly start to sag taking the beam out of alignment. *Yikes!* I kneel down to hold the light back in alignment, while hollering for my coworker, Carrie, to look in the rubber maid container in my car for duct tape. She brings it over and by the light of my head lamp I wrap the tripod leg, twigs, grass and whatever else gets in the way with tape to hold it in place for the remaining cars. We didn't miss a single car with the timing light!
    Amy, did you leave the tape on that tripod so I can replace/repair it? Or do I have to go over all of them? Quick thinking!

    Bruce
    Equipment guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    Amy, did you leave the tape on that tripod so I can replace/repair it? Or do I have to go over all of them? Quick thinking!

    Bruce
    Equipment guy
    That was, according to her post, back at OFPR, so if you didn't notice it at Cog or LSPR, I'd guess the answer is no.

    Mark Holden - G2 Nissan Sentra SE-R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Holden
    That was, according to her post, back at OFPR, so if you didn't notice it at Cog or LSPR, I'd guess the answer is no.
    That's the point...I haven't seen any fainting tripods...I'm wondering if it healed...or somebody put a new one in...or what else happened. I go through the equipment after every rally, and I didn't even find any racer tape residue.

    Bruce

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    Sorry Bruce, I wasn't thinking that far ahead. To my recollection it wasn't one of the tripods with the lever locks, we used those at LSPR and didn't have any trouble with sagging of legs on timing lights. Sagging worker brains at the end of Passmore at 2 a.m., maybe. I think Ed Steenken (sp?) did something to the offending leg Saturday at OFPR to get it to stay in place and it was doing better. We were having some issues with multiple timing hits at the flying finish of Brockway though but I think I may have set the lights too low and was getting wheels. I am definitely still learning....

    Speaking of Course Opening, Mark, I'm hoping to make that one of my long term goals.

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    Since we camp out in the stages at our marshall location, our list is quite a bit longer, but has been evolving over the years....

    we usually go in a group of 2-3, so we have to room to pack:

    Pop up canopy!! 10x12
    self-contained all steel firepit/bbq combo.
    matchlight briquettes and wood
    fire extinguishers
    shovel
    towstraps/rope and twine+duct tape
    extra jackets/shoes socks.
    pillow! (sleeping in the car for 2 days, the headrest get's old)
    extra batt. and tape for the video camera,compressed air for dust in camera and plastic bag to shield from the rain
    heavy duty gloves (to move firepit,haul more wood or box Yeti's)
    pruning shears,must have!
    also not bad, a small 12" x 12" square of plywood for flattening out pesky stickerbrush
    pack out what you packed in
    food food food
    water at least several gallons
    26 rolls of TP (you haven't lived till you've had our rallyslop)
    TUMS
    please note: I did not include a bat for protection, the odor from 3 marshalls in the woods eating rallyslop is usually enough. If it isn't, a ladlefull of said slop in a sock will suffice as a pretty effective curmudgeon)

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    If we have to DNF, I really want to do it at your location!

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