Schedule & Programs

MAY 20-22, 2016

Overland Expo WEST brings you 170+ classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities, which means
over 400 session-hours to learn from our instructors—over 140 of the best in the world!

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UPDATE for Overland Experience registrations: May 3, 2016

Full & waitlisted classes (only 14 classes—out of 170+ programs to choose from—are full):
Note: If you are waitlisted for any classes, you will be notified automatically of any changes in status and we recommend choosing a back-up class for that time. If you have not been moved into a waitlisted class by May 1st, please select another class for that time.

  • Advanced Driving: Water Crossings—FRI & SAT & SUN
  • Advanced Recovery: Using all the tools at your disposal—FRI & SAT
  • Advanced Riding: Terrain reading for motorcycles—SAT & SUN
  • Advanced Navigation: Route planning and tools—SAT & SUN
  • DIY Overlander: Budget cargo systems—FRI & SUN 
  • Less is More: What do you really need to bring—FRI & SAT
  • Overland Driving Skills for Big Trucks (offered SUN only)
  • Recovery Techniques with a Winch—FRI & SAT
  • Recovery Techniques without a Winch—SAT & SUN
  • Tech Essentials: Advanced Tire Repair—FRI & SUN
  • Traction Control: Learn when the nanny is both right and wrong—FRI & SAT
  • Troubleshooting and Trail Repairs 4WD (offered SAT only)
  • Vehicle Marshalling Skills COED—FRI & SUN
  • Winching Fundamentals—FRI & SAT

Classes close to full —second session is still available:
Note: We run most programs twice during the weekend to accommodate overlapping class interest and times; if your first selection is full, please look for the second offering.

  • Advanced Driving: Cross-axle and locker scenarios—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • Advanced Riding: Sand Skills Clinic—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • Capability vs. Longevity: Are you stranding yourself—SUN (SAT session still available)
  • Intro to Dirt: Adventure Motorcycle Riding—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • On Trail Communications: Getting beyond the CB—SAT (SUN session still available)
  • Pulling Power: How to create and use mechanical advantage—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • Practical Navigation, Part 1: Planning—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • Smartphones and Tablets for Navigation—SAT (FRI session still available)
  • Tech Essentials: Tires—Tread, Pressure, and Traction—SAT (FRI session still available)
  • Wilderness Basics 101—FRI (SAT session still available)
  • Worst Case Scenario Survival—SUN (SAT session still available)

Note: Overland Driving Skills runs all weekend; if your desired time is full, please select another time. You can also sign up directly at the Land Rover booth (but those with assigned times get priority).

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Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6 pm to 8 pm:  Gear & Beer night in Downtown Flagstaff

Thursday, May 19, 2016
1 pm to 7 pm:  attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up; 
camping opens for Overland Experience and pre-purchased Weekend Passes with Camping only

Friday, May 20, 2016
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 21, 2016
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 22, 2016
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: BBQ dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media 

Monday, May 23, 2016
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?


Details about Overland Expo EAST near Asheville, NC in October 2016, will be available in June 2015.


  • You will receive a free printed copy of our Overland Newspaper at check-in when you arrive––it includes maps, schedules and all the info you need to plan for your weekend. 
  • A downloadable schedule for Weekend and Day Pass activities and information will be available in March 2016.

Program Highlights by Area

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Overland Driving Course

Land Rover Experience

. . . is confirmed for 2016. 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 attendees may sign up for a test drive using a Land Rover 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.

Weekend Pass attendees and everyone can observe the motorcycle demos that are held in the arena.

tire tech teaching area


. . . takes on another show and brings their tire tech skills with them. They will be hosting a teaching area focused on tire technology and repair as well as bringing in vehicles to test drive to discover the differences tire tread patterns have on various terrain.

Overland Experience registrants can sign-up tire tread test drives and participate in all hands-on classes.

Weekend Pass attendees and everyone can observe the teaching area.

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 2016. 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 skills areas


Want to know how to get unstuck with only what you have on hand? The fundamentals of winching? These topics and more are covered in the Recovery and Skills Areas. Arm yourself with the best tool in the tool box . . . knowledge.


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. The program offerings change every year, but 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.

Demo Area

Life Remotely roasting mean like a caveman.

Want to see how other overlanders have modified their rigs? Then, take a look at our "My Perfect Overland Vehicle / Moto" series in the Demo Area. Check out vehicle and moto customizations that have been put to the test of time and miles; ask questions. Many will also 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. Check the schedule for times of detailed demonstrations. 

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 by and listen to panelists who have extensive experience. 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

Stop by the Overland Theatre to watch and listen to fellow overlanders share their experiences. Each year we offer a new selection of slideshows of trips from around the world. Check the schedule this year to see where you will be inspired to go next.

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

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. [These are in addition to all of the above activities.]


Notes about the schedule: 

Overland Experience registrants will receive a detailed Program Guide after registration, which includes a program schedule with times and locations for your class selection. We do not publish the schedule online since it is reserved for registered students only. 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 all everyone.

ALL Program Offerings for 2016 WEST

This year we offer a whopping 400 session-hours and 175 different classes and programs.

Class, Extended Class, Advanced Class = Only open to Overland Experience registrants
Seminar, Roundtable, Film, Activity, Kids Activity, Advanced Activity, Demo = Open to Weekend Pass and Day Pass attendees as well as Overland Experience registrants



LISTINGS OF PREVIOUS Schedule and classes BY YEAR: 

Schedule and program list, 2015 EAST
Schedule and program list, 2015 WEST
Schedule and program list, 2014 EAST