Schedule & Programs for Overland Expo WEST 2015

Overland Expo brings you 180+ classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities, which means over 300 session-hours

to learn from our instructors—over 140 of the best in the world!


Thursday, May 14, 2015
1 pm to 7pm:  attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up; 
camping opens for Overland Experience and pre-purchased Weekend Passes with Camping only

Friday, May 15, 2015
9 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Saturday, May 16, 2015
8 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Sunday, May 17, 2015
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: BBQ dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media 

Monday, May 18, 2015
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?

Full & waitlisted Classes:

UPDATED: 5/5/2015

  • Advanced Driving: Terrain Management–FRI, SAT & SUN
  • Advanced Driving: Cross-axel scenarios–SAT (session on FRI is still available)
  • Winching Fundamentals–FRI
  • Functional Outfitting of an Expedition Vehicle–FRI & SAT 
  • Tech Essentials: Advanced Tire Repair–SAT & SUN
  • Tech Essentials: Survey of Vehicle Tool Kits– FRI & SAT
  • Tech Essentials: Maintenance and Repair–SAT (session FRI still available)
  • Advanced Recovery: Getting unstuck with hand tools and imagination–SAT & SUN
  • Recovery Techniques with a Winch–FRI, SAT & SUN
  • Recovery Techniques without a Winch–FRI & SAT
  • Overland Driving Skills for Big Trucks–SUN
  • Vehicle Marshalling Skills–SUN (session FRI still available)
  • Don't Go without a Go Bag–FRI & SAT
  • Getting Charged Up: Dual Battery Systems–FRI (session SAT still available)
  • Practical Navigation 1: Strategic Navigation–FRI & SAT
  • On Trail Comms Beyond the CB Radio–SAT (session SUN still available)
  • Advanced Riding: Lofting a front wheel–SAT (session SUN still available)
  • Advanced Adventure Motorcycle Ride–SAT (session FRI still available)
  • Surviving a Backcountry Emergency–SUN (session SAT still available)

NOTE: Overland Driving Skills and Awareness runs all day. If your first choice for time is full, please select another.

There are still 170+ classes to choose from! See below for program offerings.


You will receive a free printed copy of our Overland Newspaper––which includes maps, schedules and all the info you need to plan your weekend–– at check-in when you arrive. 

More details about Weekend Pass (formerly called Day Pass) activities and information, will be available in March, including a downloadable schedule.

Details about Overland Expo EAST near Asheville, NC, 2015, will be available in June 2015.

Program Highlights For WEST 2015: 

 Overland Driving Course

Land Rover Experience

. . . is confirmed for 2015. Land Rover Experience is once again sponsoring the on-site overland driving course. The course will be staffed by a dozen of the top overland driving skills trainers in the world to provide custom-tailored skills instruction.


Note: Land Rovers are not loaners; they are for brief test drives only. There are no on-site rentals.

Overland Experience registrants have all day access to the Overland Driving Course using their own vehicle (or can use a provided test vehicle) as well as classes taught by the Land Rover Team:

Weekend Pass attendeemay sign up for a test drive using a provided vehicle, with a Land Rover instructor.


 Motorcycle Skills Course & Arena

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. . . will once again take center stage at the Adventure Motorcycle Rodeo Arena, with a custom built course. The on-site Adventure Motorcycle Skills and Demo Course is staffed by BMW & RawHyde Adventures in our Motorcycle Village.


Overland Experience registrants can sign-up for beginner or advanced riding classes, adventure motorcycle skills clinics and rides:

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Weekend Pass attendees and everyone can observe the Adventure Motorcycle Rodeo Demo that is held in the arena; seating in the bleachers:

Camel Trophy Area

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

Duncan Barbour at our 2012 Camel Trophy Skills Area, spotting the first vehicle over the log bridge. The team also built a raft with registrants' help, and floated a vehicle across the pond.

Duncan Barbour at our 2012 Camel Trophy Skills Area, spotting the first vehicle over the log bridge. The team also built a raft with registrants' help, and floated a vehicle across the pond.

The Camel Trophy Training Team

. . is returning for an even bigger 2015. Get ready to be blown away by our Camel Trophy Skills Area. Combining driving with hands-on instruction in a dynamic format will allow you to custom-tailor specific overland skills training: winching, rope-work and lashing, recovery, specialty substrates, spotting, bush skills, and more. We give the Camel Trophy Training Team a blank slate to design the ultimate overland skills training area. They won't disappoint!

Overland Experience registrants can sign up for exclusive classes taught by the Camel Trophy Team:

Weekend Pass attendees and everyone will have access to hands-on participation during Advanced Activities:

Recovery and advanced skills areas


Overland Experience registrants only will have access to instructional classes in the recovery and advanced skills areas:

Hands-On Training Pavilions 

Our training pavilions get you out of the classroom and into the field. Each year we bring you an assortment of technical classes essential for overlanding. We try to cover everything from how-tos about electronics to hands-on maintenance repairs to showing how to set up gear and what to take with you (and sometimes leave behind). 

Overland Experience registrants only will have unlimited access to instructional classes in the Hands-on Training Pavilions:



Classes & Workshops

We have three classrooms dedicated to overland-specific instructional classes. Annual categories include: Planning and Logistics, Navigation, Communication, Photography & Videography, Cooking, and Health, Safety & Security. 

Overland Experience registrants only will have unlimited access to classes and workshops:


Expanded for Overland Expo WEST 2015, the Bushcraft area returns. Here you can find classes with the focus of wilderness survival tips and sprinkling in some primitive technologies.

Demo Area

Life Remotely roasting mean like a caveman.

Come see how overlanders adventure-ize their rigs or share tips on how to travel.


Seminars and demos are open to everyone:

product demonstrations at exhibitor booths

Want to know how a specific product works?  The exhibition area is the place to be. 

Product Demonstrations are open to everyone:

Kids Adventure Activities

Bring your family! We offer programs specifically tailored to adventurous kids and their parents. This year we bring you a weekend packed with programs for kids, by kids.

Kids Adventure activities and seminars are open to everyone:

Roundtable Panel Discussions

Want to know more about Africa? Australia? Mongolia? The Americas? From Regional Q&As to expert tips, the roundtables can help you plan for the trip of a lifetime. Come listen to panelists who have extensive experience and learn from their successes and mistakes, or just enjoy their tales. You’ll be inspired to collect your own. 

Roundtables are open to everyone:

Slideshows & the Overland Film Festival

Join overlanders as they share their recent experiences through slideshows of trips from around the world.

For Friday and Saturday evenings, we host a special lineup of films  at the Overland Theater, from 7-10 pm. Check final schedule.

Slideshows & Films and other evening programs are open to everyone:

Which classes and programs can I attend?

Open to everyone (Weekend Passes and Overland Experience packages): Roundtables, Demos, Slideshows, Films, Family Activities, Certifications (for additional fees, when offered).

Open to Overland Experience package ONLY: Advanced Driving and Recovery Courses, Hands-on Workshops, Instructional Classes, Adventure Motorcycle Classes, and Extended Workshops. [Remember Overland Experience package attendees also can attend all the above activities.]

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Notes about schedule: 

Overland Experience registrants will receive a detailed schedule with times and locations in their Program Guide for class selection. Most classes are offered more than once to accommodate the demand for popular classes.

Weekend Pass attendees will be able to download a printable schedule of programs open to everyone in March.