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Video of the Week :: Drew Simms – “Solo Winter Camping in my Jeep During a Snow Storm”

Drew Simms has become very popular on YouTube (with some videos reaching over 3,000,000 people) thanks to stunning production, epic adventures, amazing storytelling, and, of course, a badass go-anywhere rig. His recent “Snow Storm” has already been viewed over 600,000 times and provides a fascinating insight into living in a compact 4WD vehicle during wintertime.

From Jacksonville, Florida, Drew has been travelling the US (clocking over 18,000 miles in one six-month period) and has lived out of his 2012 Jeep Wrangler since graduating college. He explains that this lifestyle is “in pursuit of becoming a professional travel, lifestyle, and landscape photographer.” If you’re not familiar with his photography, I strongly recommend checking out drewsimms.com or his Instagram, as his work is outstanding.

On a recent trip, he spent three days snow camping in Central Oregon and battled over 2 feet of snow and temperatures as low as 15°F. As always, the visual storytelling is breathtaking and completely immerses you in the narrative, while the relaxed soundtrack and campfire cooking provide a cathartic viewing experience. I gravitate to Drew’s channel because I find it’s a much-needed escape from daily life and the perfect way to switch off after a busy day.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.