Announcing the RawHyde Training Giveaway WINNER: Gary Kibbee!

Congratulations Gary!

Gary Kibbee is the grand prize winner for the RawHyde Training Giveaway package, including a weekend at RawHyde's Adventure Training facility, motorcycle rental, and a two day adventure to Base Camp Alpha; and he get's outfitted with new gear: a Nexx XD1 Baja Helmet and REV'IT! Tornado 2 Riding Suit. 

Here's what Gary had to say:

"After several years of reading articles and dreaming about getting to an Overland Expo, the stars finally aligned last October in North Carolina. I was working in Virginia and I also had the week off. I started my Overland Education with my uncle in 1965. My uncle purchased a 1964 four wheel drive and put a winch on it and we set off around the mountains of Northern California see what it could do. No one had 4-wheel drive in those days. At 16, I got my first motorcycle (a 1966 Honda S90) and set about adding a larger rear sprocket, raised exhaust, and knobby tires and was off. After entering and finishing my first enduro I realized I needed another bike. Then followed Butacos, 441 Victors, etc. The military gave me chances to improve and practice my off-roading and to start to see some of the world and to live and travel in different cultures. My last several years have been on the road and a well traveled Harley and a 4-wheel drive Dodge truck have been the valiant steeds.

Arriving at the Expo was like going to Disneyland at 6 years old. I was expecting hassles a the entry point because I had about 50 pieces of paper and bad organization. Registration proved effortless. As I pulled my Jetta station wagon in-between a very nice VW Syncro and a Subaru complete with winch and roof top tent, I knew there was more fun to come. I guess my overall favorite thing was the people. The guy who rode up from Florida on his KLR, the axe instructor that played with the kids for hours in a little pit they built from fencing, and the instructors that truly loved what they did and showed no hesitation when I had to ask for a second or third explanation. The vendors seemed to have every piece of gear I had salivated over or seen in the hundreds of articles I have read while flying 60+ days a year. Just when you think it can't get any better, you pick the new Land Rover of your choice and take (with adult supervision) on the off road course. If you are good you can get back to the motorcycle area and get on a new BMW and take a spin before hitting the the evening presentation. 

Thank you all for the hours of dedication I know it must take to pull this all together. With all the cool people you know you must have some great Chrismas parties.”

 ~ Gary Kibbee

Bid on Overland Equipment at 2016 EAST!

Change Your World Fund Film and Fundraiser Party

On Saturday night at Overland Expo (Oct. 8, 7:30 pm at the Theater) we welcome our first grantee, Mallory Danger Paige and her sidecar companion Baylor the Dog as they screen their first short film! Afterward, we are having a party, with gear giveaways and more auction and raffle items! 

We'll also be giving away door prizes during the Fundraiser on Saturday, from Overland Journal Fenix / Gear Grips, and more. Stop by to find out!

Bid on items and buy raffle tickets during happy hours, 5 - 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at the Food Court tent. Check out available items below, then bid on them at the Expo! 

Cascadia Vehicle Tents Mt Rainier EXT (Earth tone Green) - $1900

Cascadia Vehicle Tents Summit Series Awning (Tan) - $325 Value

Dometic CFX-35US Portable Fridge/Freezer wi/ Slide & Cover $1000 Value

FlexoPower Atacama-79 Solar Camping Kit - $750 Value


SnoMaster Travel Ice Maker - $280 Value 

COBB Portable Camp Grill - $205 Value



Alpinestars Valparaiso All-Weather Riding Gloves - $125 Value

Creative Options Custom Upholstery Gift Cert - $50 Value (3 Available)

Strangers Like Angels: With a Devil or Two to Boot by Charles Forman - $30 Value (2 Available)

“Into Africa” by Sam Manicom, Signed - $25 Value

Baja Designs (TBD)

Exhibitor Deals for Overland Expo 2016 EAST

Get ready to shop for all your gear needs while at Overland Expo. With over 100+ exhibitors, chances are you can find what you've been looking for and more that might not have ever considered. Stop by the following exhibitor booth, which are offering deals:

  • BLUE RIDGE CHAIR WORKS: FREE Cap Lifter with any purchase! Pop the top of your beverage of choice quickly and easily with the Blue Ridge Cap Lifter.  (Booth #59)
  • BUNDUTEC:  Free shipping on all BundutecUSA roof top tents & awnings puchased at Overland Expo and one week after. Additional 10% discount on all cash-and-carry products purchased at the show. (Booth #23)
  • BUSHMAN OUTFITTERS: Make a purchase at the show and receive a 15% off coupon for purchases online. (Booth #106)
  • DOMETIC – hot deals for cool gear: Dometic, a title sponsor for the event, is offering up to 20% ($150) off the Dometic Portable Fridge/Freezers. Add-on a heavy-duty insulated cover for only $25 and a Fridge Slide for only $150, all while supplies last.   (Title Exhibitor Booth #6)
  • ENGEL COOLERS: Offering 50% off on all drink tumblers at the show. (Booth #21)
  • GREEN CHILE ADVENTURE GEAR: 10% off retail for all in stock products manufactured by GCAG. Also offering free CONUS shipping for any mailorder purchases completed at OX East. (Booth #MV6)
  • FOLDING BOAT CO.: Offering $150 off each boat sold individually and just $700/boat for two or more. (Booth #114)
  • FROLI SLEEP SYSTEMS: Save up to $50 on Froli Travel and Star modular clip systems as well as other accessories at the show. (Booth #65)
  • HINTERLAND INDUSTRIES: Special at show pricing on all tents, awnings, solar, stoves, coolers and recovery gear (Booth #95)
  • JAVA CAN OVERLAND EXPO EDITION: Includes: Military ammo can with Overland Expo emblem; Moka pot; grinder; double walled cups; milk pitcher; camp stove; flask; camp towel; & milk frother. (Booth #117 Bushcraft Area)
  • MOSKO MOTO: Free shipping on all orders placed at the show. (Booth #MV7)
  • NUTHOUSE INDUSTRIES: 10% off purchase price of an expedition trailer order. Order deposit must be received by 11-30-16 for the deposit to apply; 10% off labor associated with a vehicle build; 15% off all display trailers. (Booth #42/50)
  • OUTBACK SWAGS: We will be having a show special on our Pioneer Swag tent. We will be selling them for $249 when they are usually sold at $299. (Booth #76)
  • OUTDOORX4 MAGAZINE: OutdoorX4 Magazine is offering a 20% discount for one and two-year subscriptions and t-shirts throughout the show. (Booth #3)   

Biltmore Parking & Road Map

Overland Expo at the Biltmore Map. NOTE: Allow 25-30 minutes to get from the entrance to the Overland Expo site.

Your first stop will be at the Biltmore Group Sales office circled in red. Unless you have a Biltmore Annual Pass, then proceed straight through to the checkpoint. Camping Guests proceed to the Overland Expo Event Site after stopping at the Group Sales Office.  If you are only visiting one day or driving in and out each day, please proceed to the Day Pass Parking (in the Antler Hill Village; see detailed map HERE) where a shuttle (which runs 7 am-7pm during the show) will bring you to the Overland Expo along the French Broad River. If you would like a tour of the Biltmore House, one may be scheduled at the on arrival for no additional cost (avoid 11 - 2 on the weekend). All tickets for Overland Expo and our specially discounted Biltmore entrance tickets must be purchased in advance.

Appalachian Rendezvous Sep 30 - Oct 02, 2016

The weekend before Overland Expo EAST, American Adventurist is hosting their 3rd annual Appalachian Rendezvous!

SPECIAL NOTE FOR TRIP PLANNING: Appalachian Rendezvous attendees may stay on the UORTC property FREE OF CHARGE between the Appalachian Rendezvous that concludes Sunday, 02 October 2016 and the start of the Overland Expo East in Asheville, NC on Thursday, 06 October 2016. 

This close alignment of the 2 events will allow travelers to attend both, first doing stuff, and second learning stuff, while in between the two exploring the many exciting things available to explore in North Carolina. Hopefully this will encourage participants to plan for a trip of a little longer duration and "check" 2 boxes!

For full details check out the thread on the American Adventurist forums:

Traveling to Vermont Overland Rally from Overland EAST?

OK Auto, 4WD and Tire, the home of James Baroud USA will be opening their doors to all
attendees making the journey.

OK Auto, 4WD and Tire

OK Auto, 4WD and Tire

"We will offer FREE camping on our property which includes a small course to test out your
vehicles off road capabilities. We are located near many Historic Sites, Recreational parks,
Wineries, Breweries and an Off-road Park. These locations offer kayaking, fishing, hiking,
mountain biking, sample tasting of wine and beers made here on the East Coast and
experience 3000 acres of Off Road Trails. We have water, electricity and shower facilities for
your use. We will provide a FREE BBQ style meal on Tuesday October 4 for all those who camp
with us."

For more information: View/Download the PDF


Adventure giveaway — $4500 in gear and training!

In celebration of the success of the Change Your World Fund, Overland Expo is offering a training package giveaway, specially tailored for overlanders. Thanks to RawHyde Adventures, REV'IT!, and Nexx for donating a spectacular prize package. 

With every purchase of an Overland Experience package, Weekend Pass, or Day Pass, you will be automatically entered to win. For every entry, we will donate $1 to the Change Your World Fund. Number of entries varies per purchase: Overland Experience = 5 entries, Weekend Pass = 3 entries, Day Pass = 1 entry.

Find out more  . . .