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Head to Head: National Parks vs. National Forests

The first time I went to Yellowstone National Park was in 1979 when I was just a wee lad. My nature-loving hippy father thought cross country skis would afford us the most unfettered view of the park’s many splendors, so our trip coincided with the dead of winter. I still haven't fully thawed. He wanted unspoiled wilderness and that’s exactly what we got. Other than a few park employees and the occasional snow covered bison, we had the place to… read more »

Hitch Rack Shootout

For many of us, leaving home without at least one bicycle is inconceivable. As such, a bike rack is an essential accessory, but the debate rages as to which one is best for overland travel. Ask any manufacturer if their racks are suitable for off-road use and you will get an uneasy, “No.” You can couch that response under the auspices of CYA, which is understandable. Designed for off highway use or not, most bike racks will eventually find themselves… read more »

Overland Routes: The Mojave Road

The Mojave Road is one of the best known and most diverse overland routes in the United States. Like most western tracks, it was established by Native Americans and used as a footpath for travel long before Europeans arrived to map it. In 1776 the first documented crossing was completed by Francisco Garcés, a missionary on Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition to California. Over the coming centuries the road would transform into a supply route, making way for wagons, equipment,… read more »

Prometheus :: S.H.A.D.O. 28L Pack

Expedition Portal has been watching Prometheus Design Werx since its inception, their products designed for remote field work and hard use. Their attention to detail and high-quality materials extends to their first backpack, the S.H.A.D.O. (Suspension Haul Access Durable Organize). Here are the specifics on their newest offering, perfect for a ditch bag, day pack, adventure motorcycle pack, or daily carry. Overview The PDW S.H.A.D.O. Pack 28L was designed from the ground up to accommodate some of the most practical… read more »

Featured Vehicle: 31MM Defender 90

The Land Rover Defender has always been an enchanting vehicle. Its adventurous heritage beckons us to wander, and even the most exorbitant prices and catastrophic break downs have not deterred enthusiasts from answering its call. But while a stock defender holds a certain respect for its rugged looks and capability, a tastefully modified one can make even the most die-hard Toyota fan long for the green oval. This sort of build is what 31MM specializes in, and their D-90 is one of our… read more »

Left Hand Drive (LHD) or Right Hand Drive (RHD)

66% of the world drives on the right hand side of the road therefore 66% of the world’s drivers drive LHD vehicles. It stands to reason then that if you have a choice between LHD and RHD for long term international overlanding, LHD is the way to go. We have a RHD vehicle and it has been a huge pain in the butt, especially when overtaking. I have to rely on my family members to tell me when it is… read more »

Trail Tested: 2016 Honda Africa Twin

The 1980s were defining for Honda. Stalwart models like the XR600R and the XRV750 Africa Twin won numerous Baja 1000 and Paris-Dakar Rally victories, ushering in over a decade of global powersports domination. Adventure motorcycles were gaining popularity, and Honda’s Transalp XL600V made a short appearance in the United States from 1989 to 1990. Life was good for Big Red, but its ADV glory would slowly fade over the next few decades—until the debut of the CRF1000L.   The adventure… read more »

General Grabber’s New X3 Tested

During the past 30 years the four-wheel drive community has become accustomed to the tire industry adding a tagline or specific designation to their offerings. In the sports car arena, a “V” rated tire will take you up to 149 mph, while a tire with a “Y” rating will remain structurally sound at speeds of 186 mph. But when we pull off the pavement we are more focused on trail performance, and tires usually assume an all-terrain (AT), or mud-terrain… read more »

Jeep’s 75th Salute Concept

As many of you will know from the onslaught of social media posts with Jeeps, Friday July 15th was the 75th anniversary of the day the Willys-Overland Motor Co. was awarded the U.S. government contract to build the first MB. A lot has changed since 1941, but the company's ability to produce fun and capable vehicles has not. To honor the light reconnaissance vehicle that started it all, Jeep commissioned the Toledo Ohio plant to produce one very special concept based on the Wrangler… read more »

Road Life Adventures’ Flatbed Tacoma

Sharing an office complex with AT Overland certainly has its perks, and watching the countless cool trucks roll through their shop is one of our favorites. Most days we just drool from afar, but when they began to build a Tacoma for Kipp and Anne of Road Life Adventures we knew it needed to be shared. Designed to be a home for the duo while they travel to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable living, it features accessories that not only… read more »

Landcruising Adventure: 14 Days to Cross a Border (Venezuela), Part 2

After a six-day off-road journey through Los Llanos in Colombia we arrived at the border crossing of Puerto Carreño, confident we’d be able to find a way to cross the river into Venezuela (read about it here). More than four days later we hadn’t even come close to getting the necessary stamps and our record for the longest border crossing (2 days thus far) was pulverised. Day 5 – The Waiting Game Continues As a result of Venezuela being one… read more »

Two Wheeled Nomad: Desert Decorum and Abiding Colorado’s Cold Snap

Wheeling up to the US border at Tecate on the northern edge of Baja California was more of a Triple Whopper with fries drive-thru experience, than the usual cacophony of queues and chaos about the Central American fronteras. The two-year familiarity of my old, comforting Latin American life was about to leave me for a convenient and first world new one. A US immigration official greeted us formally at the barrier into the states. Plenty of instructional pleases and thank… read more »