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No Nonsense Nourishment

December 22nd, 2014 Much of Baja's terrain is something out of a live-action Flintstones movie. Bedrock litters the desert floor as if a once great mountain had succumbed to even greater pressures and combusted. Boulders comparable to Winnebagos scatter heavily on the ground with no trace of origin. Varieties of cacti and succulents bring life to the otherwise desolate landscape. Rare pops of color and soft white petals expose themselves to a keen eye. The sand is teeming with reasonably small to alarmingly… read more »

Landcruising Adventure: How do you determine the safety of a region?

December 21st, 2014 Meet Karin-Marijke, Coen and their Toyota Land Cruiser BJ45, on the road in Asia and South America since 2003. They are often characterized as the slowest overlanders in the world but for them it’s all about staying in places and connecting with people. The following is just one of many informative and entertaining posts from their beautiful website:   “The most important decision you’ll ever make is whether you live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe” ~Einstein… read more »

Featured Vehicle: Adventure Driven’s Lexus GX 470

December 18th, 2014 Despite being one of the lesser known and used of overland platforms, it is nonetheless one of the most capable and desirable vehicles available in the U.S. The Lexus GX 470 just as it sits in stock form, is quite something to behold. When given the full overland treatment, as is the case with Adventure Driven's 470, it is something downright spectacular. We take a closer look at their beautiful build and get a sneak peek at what it's like… read more »

Field Tested: James Baroud Horizon Vision (part 2)

December 16th, 2014 A couple of weeks ago I published our first impressions of the new James Baroud Horizon Vision roof top tent, a product I believe has the potential to bring new roof top tent users into the fold with its impressively low weight and compact size. In the months since first installing it on our Expedition Portal Jeep Patriot, I have had several opportunities to evaluate it in a variety of settings from warm nights in the desert to the cold of a Rocky Mountain… read more »

Field Tested: Vasque Arrowhead UltraDry

December 16th, 2014 With winter’s grip fully wrapped around portions of the country, many of us are digging out the snowshoes, taking on wintery hikes, or just hoping to do our best to keep our toes warm and cozy. This has lead us on a search for the year's best winter boots, and one of our favorites is the Vasque Arrowhead UltraDry. As the tester for these boots, I admit they held peculiar appeal. The styling is a dead-ringer for a pair of… read more »

A Pilgrimage to Randsburg, California and The Husky Monument

December 16th, 2014 The pre-dawn air was cold and still damp from the previous night's storm as we loaded Stacie's 2011 Husqvarna TE 310 into her red, 1970 Ford  pick-up truck for a day of desert riding and for a visit to the fabled Huskey Monument.   Still half awake, we headed out into the desert, past by the old-west store fronts and collapsed homesteads that make up the living ghost town of Randsburg, CA.  If not for the scores of desert motorcyclists who converge here… read more »

FJ Positive: One man’s yard art is another man’s dream

December 15th, 2014 It’s cool for a mid-June morning in central western Nevada. The sun is approaching 30 degrees declination on the eastern horizon, and the mercury is just above 60º Fahrenheit. Pillowy cumulus clouds slipped over the Sierra Nevada during the night and now drift lazily overhead, their shadows casting every tint of a painter’s palette over the spring desertscape. A solid thud shakes the floorboards as we transition off the two-lane to Winnemucca Ranch Road west of Pyramid Lake. As we… read more »

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van: Improvements for 2015

December 14th, 2014 The Mercedes Benz (MB) Sprinter van is an albatross of a vehicle. Not only is it extremely long (the 170” wheel base model is 24’ 1.2”) it’s also extremely tall at a slight tic over eight feet (8.03 ft) -for the High Roof model.  Just to put that into perspective, the van is as tall as the ARB 2500 awning is wide. So who cares? We already know this is, and it’s the same as it was last year. Well,… read more »

Field Tested: MSR’s New WindBoiler Compact Stove System

December 13th, 2014 Over the last several years there has been increasing popularity in the use of personal stove systems. The benefits of these compact burner and pot combinations are many-fold, beginning with their compact size, efficiency, and ease of use. They lend themselves well to travel by bicycle, motorcycle, and even earn space in monstrously large vehicles where those considerations are normally inconsequential. MSR is no stranger to this category of stoves with their venerable Reactor regarded as one of the most… read more »

Featured Vehicle: 2001 Land Cruiser KDJ95

December 13th, 2014 It goes without saying that the more than 100,000 members of Expedition Portal have quite a collection of fine trucks. ExPo member johanso of Sweden recently completed the build of his 2001 Land Cruiser, and with his wife at his side, has already used it to embark on a host adventures including a trip through Sweden, Norway and Russia.   Johanso was quick to point out that the mission with his build was to add only the necessary modifications needed… read more »

A Southern California Adventure (Part II)

December 12th, 2014 Our first night of sleep back in the teardrop was a deep and restful one, something I was thankful for with the coming pain I was sure to receive this afternoon. You see, in a lapse of judgment I had agreed to take lessons in surfing—a sport in which you greatly benefit from small stature, a great sense of balance, and time and practice. I had none of these, and was definitely in trouble. We ate a quick breakfast of… read more »

Overland Kitchen: Allan Karl’s Fattoush Recipe is Ready for the Road

December 12th, 2014 When San Diego resident Allan Karl found himself at a fork in the road of his life: out of a job and alone, his marriage recently ended in divorce, he decided to sell nearly everything he owned and set out to pursue his passion and follow his dream. He hopped on his motorcycle and spent the next three years traveling around the world–alone.    Karl’s new book “FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection” chronicles his 62,000 mile journey… read more »