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Trestle Aeropress K-cup Adapter Let me ask you a question: are you really an overlander if you haven’t added aftermarket parts to your Aeropress? The Trestle Aeropress K-cup adaptor allows you to utilize K-cup coffee pods with your trusty coffee syringe. Advantages? Well, to start, K-cups are pre-portioned and pre-ground which makes measuring or adjusting…

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Destination: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park lies just north of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. This 40,000+-acre landscape of sculpted red Aztec sandstone, limestone, desert washes, and otherworldly colors is, in my opinion, one of the underappreciated gems in our country’s park system (right alongside Petrified Forest National Park). You don’t need…

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Video of the Week: Putting the Toyota Hilux Through the Wringer

Is the legendary Toyota Hilux really as good as they say? The boys at WhistlinDiesel seem hell-bent on determining the answer to that question. But honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this video. Entertained? 100%, but also a little bit sad to see such a cherry of a truck pushed past its limits….

Dometic Acquires Front Runner Outfitters

There is big news in the world of overlanding today: Dometic has entered into an agreement to acquire the South African company Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters in a move to diversify their offerings while simultaneously broadening their distribution channels worldwide. The move comes after Dometic, a company that is already a household name in the…

Destination: Cliff Cabin near Mesa Verde

Photos courtesy Glamping Hub The more I search for cabin rentals, the more I find that Cortez, Colorado, has a lot of unique options. Last week I shared this cabin that is located directly adjacent to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. This week’s destination is similar – a unique cabin surrounded by sandstone rock…

Video of the Week: Baja Like Nowhere Else

Have you ever made the long journey down the 1200 kilometer-long Baja Peninsula? It’s a diverse sliver of land, a spectacular setting where the desert meets the ocean and a rich cultural experience awaits. While Baja has historically seen fishing and ranching as major sources of income for its residents, agritourism is expanding, providing more…

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Tommy Campervans and the Hotshot Adventure Truck

Photos by Justin Wade Orton Tommy Campervans is an Arizona-based campervan and adventure vehicle upfitter. Their skilled crew converts standard cargo vans, but they also upfit decommissioned Hotshot buggies for use as overlanding and adventure rigs. To give you a little more context, Hotshot buggies are crew carriers used by BLM and Forest Service firefighters….

South African Surf: An interview with Frank Solomon and Sacha Specker

Photos by Sacha Specker   Remote sandy tracks, wild temperature swings, howling ocean winds, and great white sharks are just some of the challenges that South African big-wave surfer Frank Solomon and surf photographer Sacha Specker had to overcome while filming their recent Find Anywhere spot with Front Runner Outfitters. Frank is a pro surfer…

Destination: Canyon Hideout Cabin, Cortez Colorado

Photos courtesy Airbnb Located in Southwestern Colorado, in the tiny town of Cortez, the Canyon Hideout Cabin is a private slice of paradise that you can book on Airbnb. This tiny rustic retreat is located on 80 acres of private land and is directly adjacent to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. You can literally…

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Video of the Week: Van Life is Overrated

Is #vanlife overrated? Jake Frew brings up some great points about living life on the road, be it in a campervan, trailer, or another vehicle like a Subaru hatchback. In my own experience, down-sizing my belongings and moving into a campervan with my partner was a wonderful experience. But just like conventional life, you will…

Overland Journal Podcast Episode 43 : Interview with David Soza

In episode 43 of the Overland Journal podcast, Scott Brady interviews David Soza on the merits of minimalism, along with the essential design considerations for expedition campers. They also take a deep dive into critical Tacoma modifications for strength and durability. David shares his experiences living remote and off the grid, along with lessons learned…