Volkswagen vans have long brought folks together, whether to tour with the Grateful Dead or later to wrench on the relatively simple mechanics of early models. Now, a group of Northwesterners has banded together through their shared passion for overland adventure and the 1980s-era VW Vanagon Westfalia camper to establish Descend on Bend, a three-day gathering at Hole-in-the-Ground, a campsite near a remote high-desert volcano in Bend, Oregon.

Photos by Mike Kane