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Tuusula Finland to Bishkek Kyrgyzstan in a Volvo 240 Wagon

Once again, as it is prone to do, the Expedition Portal forums have served as the repository for another amazing journey, this time in the form of a drive from Finland to Kyrgzystan in a Volvo 240 Wagon. Forum member "Pata," took the time to share his journey in a multi-page thread and we felt it was worthy of our home page. Presented as it appeared on the forum, this is a great read.     You can visit and… read more »

Field Tested: LuminAID LED Lantern

It is not all that often I come across a product which I feel is truly innovative. It is even less common for me to find products that ring in at under twenty bucks. The LuminAID lamp ticks both boxes and even has a compelling humanitarian aid story behind it. The brainchild of Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, two young and ambitious entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the LuminAID was designed to meet the challenged needs of natural disaster victims. After evaluating… read more »

The Birth Of Your Four Legged Adventure Mobile

While searching for your perfect Overland vehicle, remember that nothing is perfect, and everything is a balance. This match making process is about making those four wheels do what you really want them to do. There are opinions everywhere declaring THE perfect travel vehicle, or THE answer to all of your adventure prayers. I urge you to not get lost in other’s opinions, as knowledgeable as they may be. This adventure is yours, your inspirations, your mishaps, and your future… read more »

36 Hours of Adventure: A Weekend Trip in the PNW

I’ve always dreaded the schedule of a 9-5, there’s something about it that my being just rejects. I’ve come to think it’s less the schedule, more the feeling of being controlled by some unseen force. Mythical hours set by bosses, or clients, or maybe just our own expectations. Hours we commit to even if they yield nothing but a paycheck. I’ve worked a few 70 hour weeks before, but even those moments felt better than the ones ruled by being… read more »

Field Tested: Big Agnes Insulated Double Z Sleeping Pad

It was less than two years ago when I spent several months compiling a comprehensive review of sleeping pads for a feature in Overland Journal. Hard as it is for me to accept, all that hard work is largely obsolete now as an entirely new crop of pads have taken over the market. This is not a bad thing as pads continue to improve on every measurable metric. This is equally true for pads from Big Agnes, and in particular… read more »

Overland Exotics

I could preface this piece with with any number of justifications as to why its necessary, but I'm going to call it what it is: This is an unapologetic celebration of unmitigated excess. Below is a collection of overland vehicles that push well beyond adequate and into the rarified air of exotic status. While a handful are actually priced within reach, they may be unattainable to most of us for a variety of reasons. Some are one-offs and not even… read more »

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