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Expedition Portal’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It's time again to make your wish list. Over the course of the last year we have found dozens of items which we believe are perfect gifts for the overlander. From inspirational books to trusty camp tools and everything in between, there's something for everyone. Travel the Planet Overland, by Graeme and Luisa Bell, $45 If you frequent Expedition Portal, you have likely read one of the many features penned by Graeme Bell and photographed by his wife, Luisa. Their family of four… read more »

Toy Run to Uncle Tom’s Cabin

As Old Man Winter blankets fall color with fluffy crystalline flakes, our thoughts gravitate to snow runs, sipping coffee by a warm fire in a rustic mountain cabin, and for many of us, Christmas. If this vision finds you reaching for your keys and a thermos of steamy joe, we suggest you turn your wheels toward historic Georgetown, California, and join Overland Journal for the 3rd annual El Dorado Jeepherders Christmas Toy Drive. After dropping off toys at the Jeepers… read more »

Kawasaki’s Versys-X 300 Might Just Be What Adventure Riding Needed

If you’re looking to travel overland by motorcycle, the options have never been more plentiful, but they’ve never been more expensive either. And as the adventure segment continues to grow, the bikes also continue to grow. It’s not unusual to see a 500-pound unloaded machine with a seat height fit for only a giraffe gracing the Starbucks parking lot. With a huge segment of riders not skilled enough—or quite simply not tall enough—to handle the massively tall and heavy adventure… read more »

Finding Adventure with Defenders, Snowboards, and Sailboats

As four-wheel drive enthusiasts, we tend to focus on the vehicle aspects of overlanding most. We review various accessories, discuss the merits of different trucks and suv's, and of course showcase some the many great trails you can take them on, but not every adventure should confined to the driver's seat. It's important to remember that getting out and experiencing the world around you is the most important part of any trip, and you should seek out new experiences whenever possible. In Forrest Shearer's case,… read more »

Overland Alaska: Whitehorse, Skagway and the Rush for Gold

Overlanders often say, it's about the journey, not the destination. I'm here to say, that is not always true. Ask many overlanders headed to Alaska where they are going and they'll often say with squinty eyes and a determined smile, "Deadhorse." Query them why, and they'll reply with less confidence, "Well, because it's way up there." Indeed it is. As far north as one can drive, and if not for its unique geography no one would bother to go there. I'm not saying that isn't a compelling… read more »

Colossal 2016

There are 4 different weather websites that I frequent to obtain the most accurate prediction of the skies before heading out on a journey. Not that one has proven to be more accurate than the others, but somehow I seem to favor the one showing signs of clearer skies. As if 3 of the 4 predictions are wrong and there really is a glimpse of sunlight to be had for Colossal 2016. It’s something I can irrationally average in my… read more »

The Widening World of Mountain Bike Wheels

If you’re thinking of shopping for your first mountain bike, or the first in many years, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed with choices. There are so many options on the market it boggles the mind, and I’m not talking about materials, suspension formats, or components, I’m simply referring to wheel sizes. Only 15 years ago all mountain bikes rolled on 26-inch wheels. Today the available sizes include 26, 27.5 and 29-inch wheels fitted with your choice of skinny,… read more »

Is the Scrambler Bubble About to Burst?

For those of you who read Expedition Portal with any regularity, you probably know I don’t venture too far out on the spindly ends of the op-ed branch. Strong opinions are fun and make for great kindling for the comment box, but I am not generally predisposed to contentious editorials. It’s just not my style. However, I think I have an opinion to share. It was about ten years ago when I saw my first modern motorcycle built in the… read more »

Going Nomad

     When John and Kristy Youngman lost their stillborn son, hitting the road seemed like the healthiest way to begin healing. “We had a lot to consider while he was still in my womb,” says Kristy. “We knew he had a genetic condition and would need surgery after his birth.” This specialized surgery was available only in Alberta, and so late in Kristy’s pregnancy, the couple put their house in British Columbia up for sale. “Our house sold the… read more »

From Sun Soaked Sands to The Great White North

The preparation was finished for the trip, bags were packed, and the FJ was filled to the roof with gear. We were off, myself and my brother Sutton left San Diego, leaving the beach behind and charging north towards Alaska. The first day was just us trying to get miles under our tires, pushing hard to make it north and meet up with Robert Rossi. After a day of hiking and exploring in Zion national park, we met up with… read more »

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 :: News

        The Tacoma has reigned uncontested for decades, any attempt at dethroning the pinnacle overland pickup a (mostly) pathetic attempt. The Toyota has always managed the perfect balance of reliability and performance, creating an unwavering fan club and massive aftermarket support. However, the competition knows this and several manufactures will attempt to challenge the Tacoma's reign. While the Jeep Pickup is still a few years away, Chevrolet has taken a direct attack against the category champion with aggressive… read more »

ARB Inflation Case

Any type of gauge with a dial indicator tends to be a delicate device -especially one that reads tire pressure. Working in motorsports, I quickly learned to keep my gauge by my side and to never let anyone else touch it for fear that it may become “adjusted”. I wasn’t just being OCD either. Drop it once, and it can easily be off by as much as 10 psi. That’s why I was stoked when ARB sent me one of… read more »