2022 OLAF OctoberFest

Camping, wheeling, beer tasting, e-bikes, food, friends, and gear sounds like a decent weekend getaway recipe.

This year Olaf OktoberFest will be held between 14-16 October, due east of Los Angeles at the Big Bear’s Holcomb Valley Ranch, a 400-acre oasis which is encircled by thousands of acres of San Bernardino National Forest, rolling hills, stands of pine and a meadow of roaming horses.

Traditionally, October is one of the more pleasant months for getting out and about in Southern California, and this year will hopefully be no exception.

The event gets off to a laid-back start on Friday with registration and a welcome meeting followed by “Couples Therapy,” which includes a good slap with a tortilla and Chubby Bunnies, a game that involves stuffing large quantities of marshmallows into your mouth before singing Bohemian Rhapsody. The leftover mallows will then be made into s’mores during the outdoor movie, and with the kids buzzing on sugar and stuffed into their sleeping bags, happy hour begins at 9:00 p.m. Camp-wide quiet hours start at 10:00 p.m., but we will assume that laughter is acceptable; doef, doef, doef is not.

Saturday gets off to a good start with pancakes followed by a couple of trail runs (with vehicle limits), a knot-tying class, a kid’s candle-making class, a winching course, an overlanders obstacle course, shows, rides, raffles, dinners, and beer Olympics followed by a bonfire.

By Sunday, everyone should be dusty, tanned, and smiling, ready for a trip to Five Guys on the way home after “Trail, Talk, and Coffee,” hosted by onX Maps.

Do you have any questions? Sure you do. The following FAQ paragraph was plucked straight from the Olaf Events website.

  • What does an OLAF Camper Pass “get” me? Overnight Camping for two nights, use of facilities/activities, and dinner on Saturday night.
  • Are fires/fire pits allowed? Propane only.
  • Are pets allowed? Yes, please keep your pets on a leash when entering Common areas as there will be many four-legged friends on site.
  • Can I pick a spot, or will I be assigned a spot? How does that work?
  • Spots are assigned to those who requested to camp together. Some participants will be given OPEN camping options and pick onsite if you did not specify a group or site.
  • Are there bathrooms/showers? Yes, bathrooms and showers are available throughout the facility. Weather can affect the usage of showers.
  • Will there be food available? Food will only be provided on Saturday evening during the BBQ. Campers must feed themselves otherwise.

Olaf Camper Pass starts at $75, and kids 12 and under enter for free.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell