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Featured Vehicle: Toyota 60 Series with 4.2-Liter Turbo Diesel

July 31st, 2014 Over the years I have come to accept a peculiar truth as part of the general Land Cruiser culture. While there are few for whom the Land Cruiser is not a desirous thing, there are virtually none who genuinely dislike it, or deny it due respect. That…speaks volumes to the validity of the Land Cruiser as a trusted overland platform.   For the last many months I have come to work each day with a beautiful blue Land Cruiser in… read more »

Baja Tested: BMW GS Rallye Pro Boots

July 30th, 2014 If you spend much time around the adventure riding crowd, you’ve likely noticed a healthy number of GS motorcycles, but a curious absence of BMW GS Rallye Pro boots. This is not to say BMW’s beefy off-road stompers are not a popular option, they’re just not as ubiquitous as other boots on the market. My interest peaked, I set out to see first hand how these boots measured up. Not only inquisitive, I’m also not always the brightest bulb, so… read more »

The Americas with Tubby Xplorer: Journey’s End, Part 18

July 29th, 2014 Story by Jack Stuhler with an introduction by Paul May. Jack Stuhler, the founder of Eezi-Awn, is an adventurous man and has spent his entire life exploring the African Continent. After driving from Johannesburg to the UK through the middle east in the early 1999, Jack set his sights on the Americas. He prepared a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Troopy by the name of Tubby for his journey and shipped it to South America. With his significant other, Margaret,… read more »

Hasta Alaska

July 28th, 2014 In 2011 Ben purchased Co'Pito, a 1992 Brazilian VW Kombi, and set out from Chile on a year-long trek to Alaska, with open doors to any fellow travelers who'd like to tag along on their search for adventure. Over two years later Ben, Sharne, Alaska (the puppy), and Co'Pito (the Kombi) are still on the road experiencing a wealth of culture, spectacular scenery, and delicious cuisine that only comes from skipping the tourist spots and diving right into the local life. Follow along as they wander wherever the… read more »

Field Tested: Delorme inReach Explorer

July 27th, 2014 Last year after an extensive evaluation of the world’s leading satellite communicators and emergency beacons, I made the decision to award Delorme’s inReach SE with Overland Journal’s coveted Editor’s Choice Award. It was a heady decision given how new the device was, but the more I tested it, the more I liked it. It’s been roughly a year since I made that endorsement and by all accounts the inReach SE has proven to be a strong performer earning a loyal… read more »

Sardinetaco: New Jersey to Ushuaia

July 26th, 2014 There are a lot of people doing this trip, and by this trip, I am referring to driving the Pan American Highway, overlanding the Americas, rambling the big A, and however else people are referring to it these days.  When we decided to plan our adventure, we thought it was a novel idea.  Perhaps, even a little shocking.  And to the people where we reside––it is.  It’s crazy.  Why the hell would you want to do that? You mean, you… read more »

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Featured Vehicle: Overland Journal’s Discovery I

July 25th, 2014 For those of you who remember its introduction over three years ago, the Discovery project is as much about my personal appreciation of the model as it is about serious exploration. So, why do I love this 15-year-old car so much? I will try to keep my adorations limited, update you on recent changes, and also share the issues I have encountered over 40-plus months and 18,000 miles.   The Discovery really is the last of a breed, at least… read more »

36 Hours of Adventure: Rim Rendezvous

July 24th, 2014 I’m sure it was already over 100°F/37°C when John and I tossed the last of the gear - and Bodhi, his Jack Russell Terrier - into the back seat and pulled away from his house that Friday morning. Despite being long term Phoenicians - and both driving trucks with AC issues - we were dripping with sweat and ready to get moving. This trip had been a long time coming and we were eager to get back to the “secret”… read more »

Field Tested: The Mummert Knives Phoenix Stove

July 23rd, 2014 It’s been a few months since we first took delivery of our Mummert Phoenix wood burning stove and due to a very kind winter, as in virtually spring-like since Christmas, we’ve had ample time to put it to good use. With the real spring right around the corner, we feel it is time to give the Phoenix a proper mid-term evaluation. Before we dive into the performance details, it’s probably best to start with a proper introduction to the stove… read more »

Ambling About Minnesota’s Iron Range

July 23rd, 2014 Amongst the mosquitoes and lakes, the logging roads and the OHV routes that double as snowmobile trails in winter, the dispersed camping, the infrequent forest-maintained vault toilets, with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area just to the north and the largest freshwater lake on earth a short drive east, settled quietly alongside the conifers and horse flies of Minnesota’s Iron Range, sits The Trestle Inn (www.trestleinn.com).   It’s just a bar, I know. But it’s a bar with a burger called… read more »

36 Hours of Adventure: Bill Williams Mountain

July 22nd, 2014 Summer brings many things in Arizona; long days of sunshine, relentless heat, monsoon rains, and of course plenty of adventures. With the recent drought thrown into the mix and weeks since our last 36 hour excursion, Chazz Layne and I decided to grab the girls and head for the hills. The plan was simple, pick up some cold drinks, easy food, and head for cool weather. Looking at the map we quickly found a route leading out of Chino Valley, up Perkinsville… read more »

The Worst is Over Now

July 22nd, 2014 As overlanders, we often make a conscious decision to leave the comforts of pavement and seek out risky roads and trails. We spend hours pouring over maps, planning routes, addressing logistics - the least of which are water, fuel, food, shelter. We read trail reports and scour forums and buy more gear to make things either more doable or more comfortable. When the time comes we leave behind the pleasures of “civilized” life for the pleasures of a well-organized overlanding… read more »