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Gear Scout: SOG SwitchPlier 2.0

September 2nd, 2015 I have been a long-time fan of SOG’s multi-tools. My SOG Paratool has been with me on nearly every outdoor adventure for more than 17 years. They were even frozen in a block of ocean water in the hull of my sea kayak for a full Alaskan winter and uncovered in the spring no worse for it. They are however, a little difficult to deploy which is why their new Switchplier 2.0 caught my attention. As the name would imply,… read more »

SYA Off Road Extension Kit for LR3, LR4, and Range Rover Sport

September 1st, 2015 Land Rovers catch a lot of flak for maintenance and reliability. Problems like shoddy electronics, leaking (or spewing) coolant, and seeping oil are all taunting points of Toyota owners, but there is one Land Rover feature that despite its flaws has earned our love, the air-suspension. It's for good reason we like them though, these wonderful pieces of technology give owners a smooth ride, adjustable clearance for technical terrain, a lower height for parking garages, and of course a neat… read more »

Sirocco Overland: Through Senegal and the road to Dakar

September 1st, 2015 There was a mix-up at the border crossing. There, I said it. To this day I still can’t recall what we were actually thinking or exactly how it happened. Rule number one in overlanding... always ensure your paperwork is in order. We skipped past about 100 trucks queued up on the embankment road and followed the GPS directly to the Mali customs building. It was busy but we managed to get the carnet stamped out of Mali. We asked about… read more »

Three Days of Deadwood: Bikepacking the Alpine Loop

August 30th, 2015 I knew better than to stop, but I did it anyway. High mountains present unique hazards, particularly in late afternoon as thunderheads gather, bringing the threat of heavy weather and worse––lightning. But the sky was too dramatic not to photograph and as I fidgeted with my tripod, the first drops began to fall. I cracked off the shots I wanted and hurriedly packed everything away. Synching my jacket hood tightly over my head, I remounted my bike, pointed the front wheel upward,… read more »

HOW TO AVOID BEING EATEN BY A BEAR

August 28th, 2015 The usual way to scare off bears on North American hiking trails is by wearing a bell. Seriously, it sounds as if it may as well be a dinner bell. Tilin-tilin! Here I am! Tilin-tilin! I’m fat and juicy! It’s absurd. Personally, I prefer to walk in the woods singing Austrian mountain songs. It’s creepier and less embarrassing.    “Do you know the best way to avoid being eaten by a bear?” Anna, my travel partner, asks right after scaring… read more »

Blood Runs Cold

August 27th, 2015 Most English speakers are familiar with the cliché ‘my blood ran cold’. It occurs to me that for such a phrase to get worn out, many writers had to have been in situations where they were impaled to the spot by terror, rigid with fright, or paralyzed by indecision. Still as bone-old as it may be, I can find no better words to use to describe what I endured on the first night of my solo trans-Kalahari expedition. From the… read more »

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The Overland Festival

August 25th, 2015 Each summer, Main Line Overland and Touratech host the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival and Touratech Adventure Rally, an enthusiastic gathering of adventurers from throughout the east, all descending on the Henwood Farm in Pennsylvania. I have attended dozens of overland events through the years, but this festival is something special, attracting a wide range of attendees, all excited to learn from others and share their adventures. The sense of hospitality was universal and it was common to see participants sharing food… read more »

Road (And Trail) Tested: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

August 25th, 2015 Travel to the far ends of many remote roads and you will often find––a Subaru. It has as much to do with the spirit of the typical Subaru driver as it does with the off-road aptitude of the vehicle itself. The undisputed king of the trailhead for decades, the ever present Subaru can be found portaging skis, kayaks, bikes, and all sorts of outdoor kit. They are, and always have been, vehicles for adventurous people.   Earlier this spring I had the… read more »

La Aduana: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck

August 24th, 2015 He was arguably the one of the coolest individuals of his, or any other generation. Revered by men of all ages for his motoring exploits on two wheels and four, Steve McQueen was a legend long before his last day, which came all too soon. Over the years, various vehicles once belonging to McQueen have popped up at auctions across the globe. Few are as unique as his 1952 Chevy pickup fitted with a custom camper. And if you act… read more »

Basecamped

August 24th, 2015 The one quality I appreciate most about a manufacturer, beyond making a good product, is their willingness to listen to customer feedback and continually improve the product based on that feedback. Jackwagon Off-Road is just that kind of company: when we returned the first trailer JR spent the afternoon chatting with us about our ideas. A week later he invited us to swing by and check out the new improvements. You already know how we feel about towing the Basecamp—here's our take on packing and camping… read more »

Featured Trailer Build: Midog’s Base Camp

August 21st, 2015 It's that time again for us to look at another cool and drool worthy build from Expedition Portal's forums. With all the awesome threads in the trailer section, it can be hard decide what to feature, but this builders attention to detail and ingenuity made him a clear choice this time.  The idea stemmed from an owner who needed a LARGE hard walled off-road trailer like those in Australia, but couldn't find one to suit his needs.  He based the design… read more »

Field Tested: Fenix HL25 Headlamp

August 21st, 2015 If I had to put money on it, I’d wager that almost every overlander owns a headlamp. I know I’ve owned dozens over the last 20 years, most of them produced by a brand I’ll just say rhymes with the word––pretzel.   Earlier this year our Overland Journal editorial team started discussing the idea of compiling a review of headlamps and that in turn got me looking into the market’s current offerings. One of my mountain biking friends, a paid… read more »