In an effort to find out about rumored access changes at Camp, I called the Camp Robinson Public Affairs line today and reached nobody, but ultimately spoke to the Camp Robinson Police and the security guys at the visitor's center at the main gate. There will be a new requirement for entering camp to enjoy the mountain bike trails, but it is not a big deal and is consistent with the process used by hunters and fishermen. In a policy change dated April 1, beginning on May 1, riders will be required to have both a CARP card and a Camp Robinson Sportsman's Pass. The security guys that I spoke with felt the new procedure would streamline access for us and reduce their paperwork in that they will no longer hand write the blue day pass that we're accustomed to, but will instead CARP stamp a post-it note to display on your windshield. Riders will still need to sign in at the visitor's center. The Sportsman's Pass is $10.00 annually, which is not a big deal. One small problem is that the passes may only be purchased at the visitor's center between the hours of 9:00AM and 2:00PM, Monday through Friday. I'll try to get by there at lunch soon and see if you must appear in person or if it will be possible to buy a pass for someone else. I suspect that ID will be required.
I don't know how this caused the cancellation of the Rock Epic since the new policy doesn't go into effect until after the race date.The security folks were not aware of any problem and it could well have been something totally unrelated to this procedural change.They just implement policy as handed down from above. We're very fortunate to have the resource and if we have to jump through some minor hoops, so be it.
If anybody has any more information, feel free to share it in the comments section.