Highlights from the 2021 Toyo Tires Trailpass Experience

Photography by Richard Giordano

Toyo Tires hosted their free Trailpass event this past weekend at the Holcomb Valley Ranch, deep in the San Bernardino mountains of California. The site, located just above 7,000 feet, offered cold nights and warm days filled with a solid itinerary of workshops and outdoor activities. Catering to the outdoor, off-road, and overlanding community, the gathering was family-friendly, intimate, and boasted great camping amongst the pine trees near Big Bear Lake.

Workshops included Long-Term Travel Preparation hosted by Ernesto of Overland the Americas, a Camp Cooking Demonstration and Sunset Rig Photography workshop courtesy of Karissa and Linhbergh of Gon Dirtin, Travel Etiquette and Journey to Alaska presentations hosted by Bound for Nowhere, and a DIY Vehicle Tutorial by Ambition Strikes. A tire selection workshop by Toyo Tires, education by the Southern California Mountains Foundation, and Astrophotography how-to by Stan Moniz rounded out the day.

Off-road and overlanding enthusiasts showed up in plenty of new 4Runners and Tacomas, built-out Monteros, Lexus GXs, and 80-Series Land Cruisers. Scott Birdsall’s Nuke Van also made an appearance.

The evening raffle drew a large crowd, while movie night (complete with popcorn) featured the 80’s comedy The Great Outdoors. For more information about the Toyo Tires Trailpass event, visit trailpassoverland.com.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.