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Expedition Portal’s Community Forum Surpasses 100,000 Members!

October 31st, 2014 Created in 2005 by Scott Brady, CEO of Overland International and Publisher of Overland Journal, Expedition Portal began as an online forum for people interested in vehicle-supported adventure travel. The site has doubled in size every year since, and is now the world’s largest digital platform of information related to overland travel and worldwide exploration. The Expedition Portal home page was completely redesigned in 2014, and has the highest Alexa ranking in the category.    In addition to the 100,000+ member forum… read more »

The Story of Place

October 31st, 2014   “What is this place worth in oil? Where do we want to steer our civilization? What do we want left when we’re done? — Craig Childs, The Story of Place Canyonlands National Park, and the lands that border it are part of a complex tale of political horse-trading, pressures for resource extraction and recreational opportunities. Above all, this land is the true Wild West, a rugged and vastly untouched landscape, a place where we can find our true… read more »

The So-Cal Teardrop Project

October 30th, 2014 There's something beautiful, even romantic, about a gleaming teardrop trailer in tow. They are vestiges of the halcyon days of early motor travel when Detroit's finest thundered across the countryside, the prospect of new adventures around every corner. At the height of teardrop travel, the Pan American highway was in it's infancy and the ALCAN was little more than a rugged ribbon of dirt. Things were good in those years. Of course since then the teardrop has fallen out of the hearts and minds… read more »

Ironclad Ranchworx®

October 29th, 2014 Let's face it, the six-dollar "railroad engineer" gloves so many of us have been carrying around are quite dated. They're clumsy, uncomfortable, and lack the durability to survive the abuse our hands routinely face in the field. Their unnecessary bulkiness makes a good grip all but impossible, leading to dropped tools and damaged gear, or worse: injured hands when we throw off the gloves in frustration so we can actually get the job done. It's time for something better. Enter Ranchworx®, a durable, extremely comfortable, well fitted glove… read more »

Field Tested: ZAGG Rugged Folio for iPad Mini

October 29th, 2014 Most of us can relate to the scenario––You’re on the road and having the time of your life when the silence is broken with that most unfortunate, but necessary of phrases, “Hey, I have a WiFi signal, excuse me while I check my email.” It’s a scene that plays out more often than we would like, but the reality is, many of us are able to travel only because we have the means to stay somewhat connected to our families… read more »

Cape Lookout National Seashore – An East Coast Escape

October 28th, 2014 If you follow any of my threads on Expedition Portal, you know that I carry a quotation in my signature from Overland International’s CEO, Scott Brady — "Experience makes a man humble, as he realizes that despite how much he has learned, he knows very little."   The reason I keep this in my signature is to remind myself that despite my half-century of experience, I need to remember that I don’t know everything and to always expect the unexpected.  … read more »

Disaster? Grab the ditch bag.

October 26th, 2014 Journal Entry   October 9, 2005, journal entry by Mark Stephens  33º17’24”N, 109º15’25”W   When the Jeep stopped moving, I had a hunch we were in trouble. I tried to restart it, but I knew better— I knew exactly what a dead fuel pump felt like. It was a little pointless hope, but hope was all we had—since Brooke and I were totally alone, and over 40 miles from the nearest town, on a solitary road that went nowhere. Based… read more »

The Next Level of Overlanding? The Dartz Prombron Black Shark

October 25th, 2014 It was built to overcome a host of problems none of us normal people will ever face, but it is interesting all the same. The latest over-the-top creation from Latvian automaker, Dartz, the Prombron Black Shark is, for lack of a better description, a battle-ready limousine. Built around a Mercedes AMG GL platform, the Black Shark is available with two choices of engines, although it seems unlikely any would-be buyer would even think of forgoing the biturbo V12 for the puny… read more »

Field Tested: Altrider Hemisphere Saddlebags

October 23rd, 2014 It was not particularly scary but it was starting to get interesting. It was day five of our tour of the Ecuadorean Andes and the sun had long abandoned our ride. We rounded a turn, cut through a tiny mountain village, and Justin blurted out over the radio, “Well, we did want the expert rider experience.” No sooner had he said it, the fog thickened and the rain increased. None of this would have concerned me had we not had… read more »

Story Telling with Video Courses Now Open

October 22nd, 2014 Half the thrill of having an adventure is telling people about it afterwards, right?   The trouble is, you probably have as many miles of GoPro or camcorder footage as distance covered. How do you turn that mass of disjointed shots into the kind of movie Discovery Channel would air? Or at least one that has your friends begging for more.   Simple, you let someone with thirty-five years in broadcast television and adventure travel help you.   Andrew St.Pierre… read more »

Loki the Big Green Steyr Tackles the Globe

October 21st, 2014 They call it Loki, and from the looks of it there’s not a lot of terrain it can’t handle. A 1976 Steyr 680 flat-bed truck, Loki produces a modest 120 bhp with its 6-liter diesel engine. But, paired to a non-synchronized five speed transmission with a locking rear differential and full time four wheel drive, it’s a formidable off-roader. Fitted with a full living habitat in the rear, it’s also a comfortable home for German adventurers Astrid and Sven as… read more »

Build of the Month: Scout II Pop-up Camper

October 21st, 2014 What happens when you mate an International Scout II with a Four Wheel Campers Blazer? The surprisingly spacious dual-berth cabin features a 3-way fridge, two-burner stove, sink with 10-gallon fresh water supply, and a 12,000 BTU furnace. At the heart of the Scout II, a 304 V8 engine provides the power to turn a set of BF Goodrich 33x10.5 all terrains. Though this Scout camper was sold some time ago, the build is still an inspiration to those of us into compact… read more »