Introducing the Off Grid Rebelles

Off Grid Rebelles On top of the Jeep

Have you ever fallen in love?

I was sure that I would never come to adore off-road wheeling, but after a recent experience, I know that I was wrong in my assumption.

My name is Kelsey Pringle. While you probably haven’t heard of me, you might have seen me. I have appeared in the background of many Off Grid Trailers videos.

How did I come to take part in such an activity? I own a boutique marketing firm that has had the honor of working with Off Grid Trailers (OGT) for over two years now.

When my company first began working with OGT, I never would have identified myself as an “off-roader.” I loved nature and adventure, but wheeling just wasn’t my passion. I let the professionals have the real fun while I sat in the passenger seat.

 

All of this changed during the summer of 2020.

My firm had coordinated an epic shoot including OGT and Overlanding Training Canada, formerly Overlanding BC in which we would drive the trailers on some extremely technical trails. The challenge could have been too much, but it was pleasantly just enough. My confidence bloomed on that shoot, and I felt more empowered than ever.

I had fallen in love with driving.

When this four-day trip came to a close, Chris Walker (the owner of Overland Training Canada) suggested that I look into Rebelle Rally. I knew that Chris was headed to California & Nevada in a few days to be a part of the rally in some capacity, but I didn’t truly know what Rebelle was about.

After conducting a bit of research, I learned that the Rebelle Rally was one of the world’s largest off-road women’s navigational rally. Ranging over 2000 kilometers from California to the Glamis sand dunes on the California/Mexico border, this rally lured teams from across the world, including professional OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) teams such as Ford Bronco as well as rookie teams.

It only took about 10 minutes of deliberation for me to decide that I was going to participate in the Rebelle Rally. With my husband’s blessing and support, I had the confidence to do my best. All I needed to do now was decide on the perfect teammate.

They had to be badass with a sense of adventure and, of course, a love for wheeling. Immediately the person I needed to have as my teammate popped into my head.

While working with OGT on their ambassador program, I had virtually met a woman who went out every weekend with her family on their Expedition 2.0 trailer from OGT. She was Liz Switten, and she was an incredible driver.

 

Knowing it was a stretch, I reached out to Liz with my hopes high. Little did I know, she too was looking to compete in Rebelle Rally and needed a partner. The stars aligned and Liz and I committed to participating in the 2021 Rebelle Rally together as the Off-Grid Rebelles Team #143.

Off Grid Rebelles Selfie

Let’s quickly talk about our team’s name. In my career there are some wonderful clients and there are others who are so much more, they take you in as a part of the family. OGT is the latter. The man behind the OGT is Duane Leedell and is the heart and soul of Off Grid Trailers.  After deciding I was going to commit to Rebelle Rally, I soon realized we needed sponsors to support our efforts. I approached Duane with the idea and why OGT should back the team. I want our actions and story to shine a light on the strong, independent woman in the overlanding scene and beyond as well as empower other women to do anything they set their minds to. Without hesitation Duane agreed to support our team and vision and he found it a very powerful message and a story worth sharing in a male dominated industry.

With the financially support of OGT, we were now ready to put our heads down and start training.

Off Grid Rebelles Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Crossing Water with Off Grid Trailer

Now, you must understand that the Rebelle Rally is not a casual event to which one simply shows up. Those who are competing in the rally must prepare and work diligently to do so. Realizing this, Liz and I decided to sign up for Rebelle U, The Rebelle Rally’s very own training wing and take part in a four-day course that would prepare us for the rally.

Near the end of April, I flew up to Sacramento from Canada to meet Liz in person for the first time! From there we road-tripped together to southern California.

Our four days at Rebelle U were the most grueling and rewarding days I have ever experienced. I quickly learned to check my ego at the door; I was about to be schooled in humility.

“If these four days are a taste of what’s in store for us at the rally,” I thought, “we’re in for a rude awakening come October!”

The internal Rebelle Rally team is nothing short of inspirational. Including some of the most experienced professional wheelers in the world, those building out the rally and training events were seasoned teachers. I was quite impressed.

The visionary and founder of Rebelle Rally, Emily Miller, is an incredible woman with a beautiful energy that commands respect wherever she goes. Emily’s mentor was Rod Hall, a legend in his own right, who won the Baja 1000 twenty-four times as is the most competing driver in the 1000 which will likely never be surpassed.

Talking to Emily was akin to tethering yourself right to the source of knowledge. It was a powerful experience.

Emily’s passion and love for the rally was infectious. She was patient, kind, and professional throughout the entire training, putting everyone at ease. We didn’t feel like we were there to “win” the training; we were there to make mistakes so that we wouldn’t make them come October.

Amongst the trainers and other competitors, were all different women preparing to compete. We were from all different walks of life, all-powerful and beautiful inside and out, with our eyes set on the same prize…

Liz and I walked away from training at Rebelle U feeling perhaps a touch more nervous for October. However, we were also extremely excited to be a part of such an incredible event.

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Introducing the Off Grid Rebelles

Have you ever fallen in love?

I was sure that I would never come to adore off-road wheeling, but after a recent experience, I know that I was wrong in my assumption.

My name is Kelsey Pringle. While you probably haven’t heard of me, you might have seen me. I have appeared in the background of many Off Grid Trailers videos.

How did I come to take part in such an activity? I own a boutique marketing firm that has had the honor of working with Off Grid Trailers (OGT) for over two years now.

When my company first began working with OGT, I never would have identified myself as an “off-roader.” I loved nature and adventure, but wheeling just wasn’t my passion. I let the professionals have the real fun while I sat in the passenger seat.

Read More »

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