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Destination: Red Canyon Ranch, South Dakota

Photos: Courtesy VRBO   South Dakota is almost at the top of the list when it comes to the least-populated states in the U.S., but despite its low population density, there is plenty of public land (over a million acres) just waiting to be explored. This includes the Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National…

Best 4x4 campervan of 2020: Sportsmobile Classic 4x4

Best Campervans of 2020

Best Campervan of 2020 Best campervan of 2020: my head almost instantly began spinning when I tried to envision what my selection would be. Why the anxiety? Well, to begin with, there’s the challenge of distilling a huge amount of information into a digestible piece of writing for you, the reader. Campervan of the year…

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…