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Taking Flight in Utah

We found ourselves rolling down I-70 at 85 mph, the dusk slowly descending on the valley like a blanket from the sky. As we pulled up to the house in Monroe, our friend Sarah greeted us warmly and showed us where we’d be spending the next week. We made this journey, a tiring eight-hour drive…

Video of the Week: Benji Hill is a Traditional Hunter and Minimalist

Hunting is a way of life for professional guide and survival instructor Benji Hill. He lives on game meat year-round which is no small task. Hill builds and hunts with his own gear which is more challenging but infinitely more rewarding. It can take as many as 300 hours of scouting, glassing, tracking, and stalking…

Expedition Portal Classifieds :: Award Winning F-550 Full Custom Camper

Are you looking for a go-anywhere, one-of-a-kind overlanding vehicle? Then this F-550 chassis, with its custom, pop-up, flatbed-mounted cabin could be your new off-grid home. Expedition Portal forum member Scott designed the living quarters of this rig in Solidworks and molded the composite cabin for this project himself. The main pop-up roof provides 6’10” of…

Salsa Releases Two New Shred-ready 29ers

Salsa is one of those bicycle manufacturers that garner lots of love from serious riders, even though they aren’t the biggest or most popular brand out there (the Marrakesh receives consistent praise for long-distance touring adventures). But in recent years, the company has been pushing further and further into the mountain biking segment with some…

Joshua Tree Folly: Off Grid SoCal Desert Retreat

Photos courtesy of Malek Alqadi, Dwell.com   With the arrival of fall comes milder daytime temperatures and cool evenings—it’s the perfect time to escape to the desert (in the Northern Hemisphere). And if you happen to be near Southern California, Joshua Tree’s stark, rocky landscape offers shimmering starry skies and plenty of peace and quiet….

Sony Alpha 7C is the Worlds Smallest Full-Frame Camera

The phrase “the best camera is the one you have with you” is attributed to photographer Chase Jarvis who wrote a book about smartphone photography. Basically, he’s saying that even if you own the highest-resolution camera with the best-quality lenses, it won’t do you any good if you don’t take it along on your trips….

Expedition Portal Classifieds :: 1993 VW Eurovan MV Weekender Westfalia

Volkswagen campervans have been around since the 1960s, and the models produced from 1993 through 2003 are specifically referred to as EuroVans. While the classic Vanagons and Westfalias are well-known for their (often) underpowered, rear-engine/rear-wheel-drive configuration, the more modern EuroVan did a complete 180 and adopted a front-engine/front-wheel-drive. The Eurovan MV Weekender was originally designed…

Win Gear from Front Runner Outfitters and Dometic

Getting started with overlanding often comes with some big gear investments. The good news is that the folks at Front Runner Outfitters and Dometic have joined forces for an overlanding gear giveaway this fall to outfit some lucky travelers with essentials for the trail.   Up for grabs are: Slimline II rack system CFX3 55…

Overland News of the Week: Photography Edition

With fall approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to dust off your photography gear in anticipation of changing leaves, dynamic golden-hour light, and scenic overland adventures. To help you prepare for spectacular photo opportunities, this week’s Overland News of the week is all about photography gear.   Breakthrough Photography Filters Based in San Francisco, Breakthrough…

Destinations :: Holy Fire Lit Place, Ruicheng China

Photos: Cao Baiqiang and Zeng Tianpei, Courtesy Urbanus Architecture and Design   A spectacle of modern design, intriguing architecture, and also a unique archeological site, the Holy Fire Lit Place in Ruicheng, China, was updated to its current configuration to coincide with the 2019 2nd Youth Games of the People’s Republic of China. The site…

Video of the Week: Long Way Up Trailer

Ewan McGregor has become quite notorious for his motorcycle exploits with friend and co-adventurer Charley Boorman. In 2004, the pair (along with a film crew) rode 19,000 miles from London to New York City on motorcycles. The journey was produced as a television series titled Long Way Round. Not a pair to sit idle for…

The Hybrid Electric Jeep Wrangler is on the Horizon

Jeep is calling it the Wrangler 4xe, and according to them, it will be the “most technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever,” but it’s not the first hybrid from Jeep. The Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models, which were introduced in Geneva last year, already arrived in Europe this summer. Fiat Chrysler Auto says that…

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…