Welcome to Winter Romp
Feb 13 – Feb 17, 2025
The Maine Winter Romp is an informal annual gathering of Land Rover owners and enthusiasts hosted by Bruce Fowler.
Set in and around Benton, Maine over Presidents’ Weekend, Maine Winter Romp provides a non-competitive opportunity to test your Rover and driving skills in conditions that can be extreme. The event is generally non-damaging (though of course accidents can happen) and is open to drivers of all skill levels. (Novices will find supportive coaches in our midst—just ask.)
There is no charge for the event itself, but the group does meet and eat at various local establishments during the event. Winter Romp is not affiliated with any Land-Rover Club, but clubs are invited to participate.
Before registering be sure to check out the other pages and read about requirements, equipment, attitude and more.
Winter Romp Attitude
No whining! It is imperative that you have an appropriate attitude and understand our approach to this event.
Practice Radical Self-Reliance.
Off-road driving is a group effort but you are responsible for yourself: your wellbeing, your preparedness, your happiness, etc. The group will assist you if you get into trouble but don’t count on any handholding. You can ask for, and expect to receive, help, and experienced drivers will advise those in need. However, Winter Romp takes place under conditions that can be severe and, if not treated with the proper respect, dangerous.
If you and/or your vehicle are not properly prepared, you will not be allowed on the trails—or you will be asked to ride with another driver.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Did we mention, “no whining“?
Winter Romp Required Equipment
- Winter Romp Attitude and temperance, particularly during the driving portions of the event.
- An appropriate vehicle, registered, insured and properly maintained. If your rig is deemed inappropriate for
any reason you will not be driving it on the trails. (Remember: “No Whining!”)
It should have:
– working CB and/or GMRS radio
– front and rear recovery points
– snow tires and/or tire chains
Reminder: “All season” tires (as factory fitted on newer models) without chains are not adequate and in certain conditions you won’t be able to drive the trails. Be sure your spare fits your truck and that you have a correctly sized lug nut wrench too. You’ll want to fuel up before hitting the trails.
- Warm clothes and blankets. It may be wet and or cold—very cold—so bring spare clothes and socks. Boots you can walk and drive in. Gloves that provide protection from the cold and also from recovery activities. Don’t forget a hat.
- Food and water in case we are detained on the trails, and a First Aid Kit.
- Any medications or special provisions required for your comfort, safety and happiness. If you’re bringing children, be sure you can provide entertainment and appropriate supervision for them during trail delays.
- Tow rope or strap, shackles, etc. If you have a winch, be sure its in working order and that you have your winching accessories.
- A flat “snow” shovel. (Strong enough to serve as a jackplate?)
- Tool kit and any spares you’re likely to need. Please consider any special equipment on your vehicle when assembling your kit.
- Heavy gauge jumper cables (long) and/or a “porta-start” battery pack.
- A highlift style jack is not required, but is very nice to have.
- The trails should be clear, but if you own and are comfortable using a chain saw, it may be of use.