Playing in the Snow, Prescott Style

Each winter the team at Overland Journal and Expeditions West schedules a snow day on the trail. This ultimately becomes a “stuck fest”, which is kind of the point. The great benefit of driving in the snow is that is keeps our slick surface driving skills sharp while doing no damage to the trails. It also allows us to do a bunch of winching and testing new recovery gear. This year was no exception and we brought along the new version of the MaxTrax for some abuse.


Here is a fun video we shot with the Canon 5D and a GOPro

A day in the snow from Expeditions West on Vimeo.


digging with the MaxTrax


On the trip we had Ray and Brian, both driving the Overland Jeep JK. This truck has been well used and continues to perform without protest.

Overland JK


This truck is so much fun in technical terrain. It rarely breaks a sweat, although lateral grip on snow was poor with the MTs



Brian is always a fun guy to have along



We also had Barry, a good friend and exceptional photographer. Some of you will recognize his work from the Latitude section of Overland Journal. Barry drives an awesome 2010 Dodge Power Wagon with full Carli race suspension, Aluminess bumpers and custom Fourwheel Camper. Look for a more detailed article on this truck soon.

2010 Power Wagon Expedition Ready

Barry's Power Wagon

Power Wagon side slope


Also on the adventure was Austin, a local Prescott College student and fun guy to have around. Austin has started to do a few projects at the office and drives a Nissan XTerra with a few modifications. He fitted 265/70 R17 BFGoodrich All Terrains and a rear ARB locking differential.

Nissan XTerra

Xterra Side


As we gained elevation, the snow got deeper and the slope added to the challenge.

MaxTrack Snow


There was one cross-axle obstacle that proved particularly difficult for the Xterra. This was because of the limited articulation and lack of front locking differential (or traction control). It eventually took four Maxtraxs to get the Nissan through. It was an important lesson though, as the vehicle did not have a winch and was properly aired down. The MaxTrax really did work.

Four MaxTrax


The Jeep had its fair share of challenges on the climb

Jeep Slide


We also used this cool Ryobi chainsaw. It uses a Lithium battery back and is super light. No oil or fuel to spill – it was surprisingly effective.

Ryobi Chainsaw


The Power Wagon cut some serious ruts. It was impressive, especially given that it could be lived out of for years at a time. Barry has designed a unique vehicle to be sure.

Toyo Ruts


Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail


Back of Fourwheel Camper


I also took this opportunity to test a Canon 5D Mark II in both still and HDV mode. Our team is looking to change camera platforms and the Canons are on the list

Testing the 5D


New MaxTrax


A fun day in the snow!


Here are a few more shots

Overland JK DOF





B&W Snow




Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady