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Video of the Week: Overlanding the Altar Desert

If you are not already subscribed to the Expedition Portal YouTube channel, drop what you are doing and make it so (if you don’t want to miss our newest content, that is). In addition to hands-on vehicle tests and the Overland Journal podcast, there are beautifully-edited overlanding videos like the one below: Overlanding the Altar…

BFGoodrich Releases New Off-road Wiper Blades

What’s more off-road than BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires? How about BFGoodrich off-road wiper blades! If you have a confused look on your face, don’t worry, I was a little perplexed as well. Here’s the deal: BFGoodrich has built quite the reputation with their KO2 all-terrain tire, and now they’re taking a stab at wiper blades….

Featured Campervan Upfitter :: Benchmark Vehicles

Benchmark def: a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. As the definition would suggest, Benchmark Vehicles positions themselves as the standard by which quality campervan conversions are measured, and that’s no small task. There are hundreds (thousands?) of upfitters out there, and many offer high-quality builds for the…

Kachi Lodge on Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Any of you who have traveled to or researched the South American continent are probably familiar with the Bolivian Salt Flats, aka Salar De Uyuni. But did you know that you can camp at 11,811 feet above sea level in a luxury eco-dome on the Salar? That’s right, the Kachi Lodge has seven geodesic domes…

Overland News of the Week

Scout Leather Co. Hex Bit Driver If you’ve worked with high-quality hand tools, you’ll appreciate Scout Leather’s titanium hex bit driver. It accepts 1/4-inch hex bits and makes detailed work a pleasure, thanks to a ball bearing assembly that sits snugly in the palm. The knurled thumb grip provides purchase when you need to put…

Be a Backcountry Chef with ARB’s New Slide Kitchen

ARB’s drawer system gives pickup truck owners slide-out storage for quickly and easily accessing essential gear without needing to climb into the bed of the truck. And for owners that are looking to get additional functionality out of their system, the new Slide Kitchen replaces one of your existing ARB full-height, mid-height, or low-height slide…

Deliver Your Rig to Remote Shores with Hard Drive Marine

Here at Expedition Portal, we generally focus on vehicles with wheels; things like trucks, vans, motorcycles, and trailers (does a trailer count as a vehicle?). But the truth is, for some adventures, crossing Greenland for instance, other means of transportation are occasionally necessary. In this case, I’m specifically talking about landing craft: boats that are…

Why Buy Gear when You Can Rent?

Any of you who have taken a long road trip or lived on the road have probably learned that one of the main limiting factors everyone comes to terms with is storage space. It’s possible to get by with less, but for those of you who live a gear-intensive lifestyle (the multi-sport folks), this can…

Camp Out in a Forest Service Fire Lookout Tower

Photo: Clear Lake Lookout, Courtesy of Mt.Hood National Forest   The attentive forest service firefighter scans the horizon diligently from their aerie lookout tower. It’s an improbable structure in an improbable place, perched high on a rocky summit overlooking an immense landscape of evergreen trees. The tower itself has stood the test of time and…

Expedition Portal Classifieds :: F450 Overland Explorer Camper

Expedition Portal reader Howard put years into designing this custom F450 flatbed build with an Overland Explorer cabin. His needs were fairly straightforward: a 4-season camper with off-highway chops. But he made additional smart improvements like a diesel cooktop, water heater, and furnace—all three of which draw their fuel from the vehicle’s primary tank. A…

2020 Overland Holiday Gift Guide: Over $200

Western Mountaineering Flash Hooded Jacket With colder temperatures settling into the Northern Hemisphere, a lightweight down jacket makes a great holiday gift that can be used day in and day out. And the Flash hooded jacket from Western Mountaineering is that jacket. This California-based company manufactures down garments and sleeping bags of the highest quality….

2020 Overland Holiday Gift Guide: Under $200

Our overlander’s 2020 gift guide aims to take some of the stress out of shopping. Instead of frantically clicking the purchase button on Amazon a week before Christmas (or Hannukah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus…), you can take a more leisurely approach and get your loved ones some thoughtful and useful gifts. In this article, you…

2020 Last Minute Online Shopping Deals

Every year when the holidays arrive, I have to remind myself to limit my shopping to gifts for friends and family. But without fail, I always seem to find more gifts for myself than others. Is it a lack of self-control? Is it smart bargain shopping? Does it matter? The holiday season is upon us…

Video of the Week: Popup Life Episode 2

The short video series Pop-up Life is a collaboration between New Belgium Brewing and Four Wheel Campers that documents a sustainable approach to enjoying public lands. This week, in episode 2, join Mac, Owen, and Luna (the cat) as they drive from Nevada to Utah, visiting Great Basin National Park and cleaning up trash at…

Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut System

Photo by Matt Swartz: A ski tour to Sister’s hut (in the background).   The 10th Mountain Division hut system is the largest network of mountain cabins in the state of Colorado, and it is managed by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, a non-profit formed in the early ’80s. The founding members were Aspen…

Field Tested: Rocky Talkie FRS Radios

Reliable communication makes adventures safer. And whether you are a group of hikers splitting up to explore different trails, a rock climber who is out of sight of your partner, or a convoy of overlanders, the humble radio has proven its value time and time again. But not all radios are created equal, and that’s…

Fjallraven is giving away U.S. National Parks Passes this Holiday Season

Last year Swedish outdoor gear and clothing maker Fjällräven gave away U.S. National Parks Passes at their brick and motor stores on November 29th. This year, they are using an interactive online platform to continue the giveaway, offering customers a more responsible and socially distanced way to participate. This holiday giveaway runs from Nov 20th…