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West County Explorers
A new year brings new adventures. As you go about planning your trips, I thought you might like to see how we prep for ours. If you have any trip prep tips to share, please add a comment. Thanks.
Answering the most important questions first
via West County Explorers Club: Vincent Urban and his crew of friends have just finished another journey, this time through South America. Last winter I posted his first big video, a beautifully shot and edited Land Rover tour through Asia. This is one equally great. Go Vincent! And thanks again for the tip, Greg!
Even with the distinct possibility of death, it is so worth it
Along the Road of Bones, far eastern Siberia
via West County Explorers Club: Winter’s on the way. To help you get ready, here’s a video showing some snow recoveries by the Search and Rescue Unit in Pierce County, Washington. One involves raising the truck with a Hi-Lift to pack snow under the tires. In the other a Hummer gets winched out of the snow.
When using the Hi-Lift, always keep your head (or any other body part) out of the area between the Hi-Lift frame and the handle, so the handle doesn’t accidentally snap up and whack you. One way to keep yourself out of the “whack-zone” is to put a foot on the base of the Hi-Lift and work the handle with your opposite hand, pulling with the weight of your entire body.
via West County Explorers Club: Having visited a couple of fire lookouts this year, I found them to be pretty fascinating places. In this age of electronically monitored everything, rangers and volunteers still head to the tops of mountains to scout for forest fires with nothing more than simply surveying gear.
When smoke is spotted, a bearing is taken using something called an Osborne Fire-Finder, basically a circular map and a sight on a rotating turntable. Once the fire’s bearing is recorded, it’s shared with other towers, who, if they are within visual range, also report a bearing. With a bearing from at least two towers, an approximate fix on the fire can be made. Using the line of sight across the circular map (the lookout tower is located in the center of the map) estimates of the fire’s location can be made if no other lookout is within visual range.
This video, about the Mt. Tamalpais fire lookout in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is more about the view but I’ll hope you’ll enjoy it just the same.
I went on a nice little solo trip up to the Sierra Nevada this past summer, found some great back country camp sites, and thought I’d share them with you. Keep these in mind for next summer when the snow clears.
Did you ever know there was a London in London?
Watch this captivating and funny video to learn more about the City of London and its 11000 thousand habitants.
via West County Explorers Club: It’s pretty amazing to see what this mostly stock 911 can do off-road. Finally having the engine in the back makes sense.
A compelling adventure video from the team at American Expedition Vehicles. Iceland is a beautiful and rugged country that tugs at my soul. I arrived just a few days after AEV returned to the US, so this footage is particularly poignant to me. Well done guys.
Trip reports are to Overlanders what wine is to the French—a daily necessity.
When not traveling, there are no better ways to dream and plan your next adventure.
For those of you who likes adventure in a different way, make sure to check the first edition of the Inca Rally!
The Rally starts August 1st, so you still have 2 months to register and make your way to Peru.
I became interested in Somaliland as a traveler and as an economist. At the time, I was writing a chapter of an economics textbook and wanted to use the pirates of the Gulf of Aden as the topic of the chapter.
A good friend of mine (who works too much) was back in town yesterday, so we decided that it was about time I took my truck out.
After eight months of full-time logistics and planning, Brady and Miller arrive at the shores of the Arctic Ocean and the official start of Expeditions 7.