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Dates for 2021 Sonora Rally Announced

Sonora, the second largest state in Mexico, is a culturally rich desert environment well-known for its rich copper deposits, ample sunshine, and lack of rainfall. Sonora is home to ancient societies dating back to 1500 BC, including the Yaquis, Mayos, and Cucapas, who are still active within the state. It is a region that saw…

Eastern Sierra Magic: The John Muir Trail in Photos

In 2017, my partner, Amanda, and I hiked the John Muir Trail from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt.Whitney. It was a spectacular 15-day trip that tested our spirits, our relationship, and our physical abilities. But like so many big adventures that give us insight into the very fabric of what makes us…

Destinations :: Tye River Cabins in Skykomish, Washington

Photo Courtesy: Tye River Cabin Co.   Do mountain retreats get any more romantic than the classic A-frame cabin? These simple structures have been built all over the world in mountainous environments where they excel at shedding huge loads of winter snow. But their renewed popularity in modern culture can be attributed to more than…

Suzuki and ARB Collaborate on New Fourby Kit

If you prefer your 4WDs tiny, then the Australian market’s Suzuki Fourby could be pint-sized perfection. This modern Jimny has some updates that increase the entire driving experience, including a larger displacement engine, modern safety components, and a new infotainment system. Knowing that would-be customers will be looking for quality aftermarket gear to outfit this…

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4×4 Brings the Fun

By and large, the modern-day car has become a tool or a fashion accessory, taking us to the grocery store, or the bank, or hauling our family to and from soccer practice. But in this pursuit of functional design, one key element has been neglected: fun. OK, also character. Fortunately, not every vehicle that leaves…

Featured Trailer :: OPUS Offroad OP2

Editor’s note: the OP2 is currently undergoing a redesign. The following article is based on available information as of September 5th, 2020.   If you prefer your off-grid living quarters to be separate from your vehicle, then the Opus Offroad OP2 trailer could be your home away from home. This high-clearance, low-profile trailer has a…

Honda Trail 125 ABS is a Modern CT125

Since its debut at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, the Honda Trail 125 ABS (CT125) has been on many people’s minds. It immediately sparked requests for a production model, and it appears that Honda was receptive. If we’re lucky, we should begin to see the “Glowing Red” Trail 125 miniMOTO available in dealerships…

Overland News of the Week

HyperJuice GaN 100W USB-C Charger Even those of us that bring a minimal amount of tech on the road need to keep our devices charged. But not every charger is created equal. With the higher density batteries in modern smartphones, tablets, and computers comes the need for higher output charging solutions. The HyperJuice GaN charger…

Hidden in the Arizona Desert: Casa Caldera

Editor’s Note: Photos Courtesy of DUST and photographers Jeff Goldberg, Cade Hayes, and Gabriel Flores   Formed from a mix of concrete and lava rock, Casa Caldera is a simple, modern home that hides amongst the desert scrub and brush, about two hours southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Despite its stark, simple exterior finish, it offers…

Video of the Week: Red Rocks to Mountain Tops Adventure Ride

With the change of seasons approaching and cooler weather on the horizon, it’s a great time to find inspiration for fall motorcycle touring. In this week’s Video of the Week, the crew from the Rocky Mountain ATV MC YouTube channel takes us along on an epic loop that they’ve dubbed the Red Rocks to Mountain…

Destinations :: Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Since you are visiting Expedition Portal, we’ll assume that you’re an adventurer. But just how adventurous are you? Would you scale a sheer cliff face or ride an exposed zip line to get to your evening accommodations? If you find yourself in Peru’s Sacred Valley, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Skylodge Adventure…

Expedition Portal Classifieds :: 1989 VW Syncro Camper

Modern vehicles certainly have some advantages when it comes to performance, reliability, and available parts. But it’s hard to beat the character of a classic adventure rig, especially the Volkswagen Syncro. The beloved, boxy T3 body style was produced from 1979 to 1991, with production of the 4WD Syncro continuing into 1992 at VW’s Austrian…