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Tail Lamp: Camp Fear

Anxiety is not a word often associated with overlanding, but if you are adventurous enough to test the limit of your courage, you will experience your fair share of angst. I am not merely referring to the pre-departure turmoil (particularly the intercontinental let’s sell it all and see what happens journey) but more specifically, the…

Overlanding in the Snows of Japan

It took Coen 10 minutes to clear the roof, hood, and winch of a thick layer of snow. It had become part of a ritual now that we were on Hokkaido, the northernmost and coldest island of Japan, in the middle of the winter. Meanwhile, I packed everything away inside the Land Cruiser. The engine…

The Last Mile

For some, breaking away from the norm and living a life of adventure becomes, well, normal. When it comes to folks like Loren and Patty Upton, I maintain that Merriam Webster should add “Upton” to the definition of the word adventure. Back in June of 1984, the couple packed up their CJ-5, affectionately called Sand…

Mobility for a Million: Free Wheelchair Mission

In the vast world of so-called humanitarian organizations and NGOs that promise to save the world, several of us at Overland Journal have been blessed with the hands-on opportunity to work with one that puts the ox before the cart: the California-based Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM). What began as one man’s spiritual conviction to help…

Find Your Range: Sportsmobiles and Silencers

The staff at Expedition Portal enjoy a bit of plinking now and then, and we know a lot of you do as well. Whether it’s teaching your kids the basics of knocking down tin cans with a .22 rifle, or getting ready for hunting season with your buddies, a little target shooting while at camp…

Patriot Games Lands Stateside

Ten years ago, four-wheel drive shows were virtually nonexistent in the United States. Sure, one would pop up here or there, but there was almost nothing that catered to overlanders or those looking for long-term adventures. Fortunately, times have changed. With the rise of platforms like YouTube, the ability to stream high-quality video, and the…

Hiking in the snow: Miyanouradake Mountain

“Maybe you shouldn’t go. It has just snowed for the first time this year. Samui!” our hosts said. “Ah, a bit of snow. It can’t be that bad,” I answered, not wanting to be discouraged from my plan. I wanted to go on a hike in Shiratani Unsuikyo National Park on Yakushima Island. It would be…

Old Friends and a Dutch Safari

We were out of time. We had been in Holland for 2 weeks inspecting and rejecting Defender after Defender. Late one night, in a tiny corner of the Polish Internet, we found an advertisement for a 110 in Warsaw. We bought tickets immediately and hopped on a plane only a few hours later. We had our first RyanAir experience/nightmare…

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Team

The Expedition Portal and Overland Journal staff, along with our whole families, would like to wish our readers and their loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving. We’d also like to extend a special thank you to those men and women serving our country who aren’t able to be with their families today. Whether they’re in…

Overland Routes: The Texas Hill Country

Prayer is the best way to meet the Lord, but trespassing on this property is faster. Folks in Texas are known for many things, but taking kindly to trespassers ain’t one of ’em. Don’t get me wrong, most would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it, but show up on their…

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