Trainer Tuesday: Tobin Vigil

Photo By: Tobin Vigil

It’s time for another Trainer Tuesday, where we get to know the amazing people who make up the Overland Expo Training team. This week, we’re chatting with Tobin Vigil. Tobin is no stranger to Overland Expo, and he’s an experienced adventurer. Born in the Mojave Desert, Tobin is a fan of exploration and adventure via 4×4, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, or foot. He’s been a trainer with Overland Expo since 2017, starting with motorcycle training, and then moving to vehicle training in 2019. 

Overland Expo Trainer Tobin Vigil
Photo by Tobin Vigil

Overland Expo: In all of the years and miles of travel, what kind of training have you received?

Tobin Vigil: I have been blessed with a number of incredible mentors. In the last several years I was lucky enough to work with 7P Overland. I had access to hundreds of years of combined experience. One of the greatest concepts that I have incorporated into training and travel is to take it slow. This is especially important for vehicle recovery.

Overland Expo: That’s a great point. Why do you think it’s important for people to receive proper training before heading out on overland adventures? 

Tobin Vigil: I enjoy the peace of mind and confidence that proper training gives me. It’s easier to enjoy the moment knowing that you are well prepared. This creates an attitude that the entire group will benefit from. Attitude might possibly be the most important part of joyful travel.

Overland Expo Trainer Tobin Vigil
Photo by Tobin Vigil

Overland Expo: 100% agree! What do you think attendees need to do in order to prepare for Overland Expo Training?

Tobin Vigil: Try to get everything sorted well before you head to the event so that you are well rested when you arrive. Hydration and protection from the sun should be a priority. Start hydrating now, haha!

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Overland Expo: What can Overland Expo Training attendees expect to learn on the driving course?

Tobin Vigil: This session will introduce some basic principles of off-pavement driving. Focus will be placed on driver ergonomics, vehicle physics (traction, angles, weight, momentum), and how to navigate the varied terrain of the course with sympathy for your vehicle and the terrain.

Some topics covered: vehicle preparation, driver and passenger safety, common driving techniques used on the driving course, types of terrain and terrain features encountered on the trail, concepts of reconnoitering a route, the importance of being able to “spot” or guide a vehicle through terrain, and specific vehicle characteristics/technologies available. 

Our professional off-road driving instructors will guide and coach drivers/spotters through the terrain, providing an understanding of how your unique vehicle can negotiate safely and effectively. Each participant will get a unique experience based on their desire and skill level.

Overland Expo Trainer Tobin Vigil
Photo by Tobin Vigil

Overland Expo: Why do you think it’s important to use your personal vehicle during Overland Expo Training?

Tobin Vigil: Every vehicle is somewhat unique. Two of the exact same vehicles can sometimes have subtleties that need to be accounted for. Modifications, weights, and factory features should be understood for your particular vehicle.

Overland Expo: Once an attendee gets trained, where do you recommend they should take their skills? 

Tobin Vigil: Simple: Just get out! Go out where you can. Some of my favorite adventures have been when I’m well-prepared without a plan! We have been spending a lot of time in the Southwest lately. For USA-based travel, we love New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, as they are close and have so much to offer. Also, take these new skills to your friends and family. Share this knowledge when you can and help those in need on your journey.

Overland Expo:  That’s a great way to look at it! Thanks for chatting with us, and safe travels until we see you at Overland Expo PNW!

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