I attended this one again (I did for the first time back in 2008) because I had a ton of fun the first time I did it.
This year, however, the Jamboree went sour after the first day. The weather got so bad a lot of Jeeps didn't make it out of the canyon at the end of the first day as the trails began to fill up with water from the torrential rains. The exit trail out of the canyon is a steep and twisty trail that turned to pure clay from the rain and made it nearly impassable. I was the last Jeep up that trail myself, and the few Jeeps that did get up had both a winch and a locker and used both.
From what I heard over the CB, most people had to leave their Jeeps on the exit trail overnight, as it was too dangerous to back down, and there were quite a few on that trail as the back log of groups was immense from it taking so long to winch 1 Jeep up the exit trail (it took long enough to move a broken Jeep out of the way, by then there was a long line of Jeeps waiting to winch up the exit trail).
The people that did leave their Jeeps had to pile into Jeeps already at the bottom of the canyon for another way out.
I never heard what happened to them after that, whether or not they made it safely out or not. Once I made it to the top of the canyon, there were only about 6 or 7 Jeeps that made it out, the rest were still down there.
struggling with the exit trail left me with 2 flat tires (struck a boulder, got dirt in the beads) and trashed idler pulleys from all the water (the road back to the property entrance alone was under loads of water) I ended up limping back to town and leaving the next day after getting the tires fixed.
On my way home, I was passed by a few other dirty Jeeps (none from my group though) so I assume they canceled the second day, I imagine a lot of trails were washed out as the creek crossings were quite deep when I crossed them the day before.
If anyone has heard anything on the other Jeeps (I'm hoping someone here was there as well) I would like to know if everyone made it out O.K. that was a truly scary thing, and I was worried afterward, the wind gusts alone made it hard to walk the exit trail.
we did manage to get a full day of wheeling in though before the weather turned bad, here are the pics I got: