PNWPROGRAMS & INSTRUCTORS

No other event features a gathering of so many overland legends, authors, and experts. Overland Expo PNW offers more than 400 session-hours of incredible programs—that’s 220+ different classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities—brought to you by 120+ instructors and presenters from around the world.

2025 DATES TBA
DESCHUTES COUNTY EXPO CENTER // REDMOND, OREGON
FRI 8-5 | SAT 8-5 | SUN 9-3

LIST OF PROGRAM OFFERINGS

For PNW, we have 220+ different classes and programs, totaling 400+ session hours. From beginner to advanced sessions, we have something for everyone.

2025 PNW Schedule will be posted approximately 2-3 weeks before the event.

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

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Featured Programming

Instructor Spotlight: Aaron King

Aaron King is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who drives around the western parts of North America, capturing stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Instructor Spotlight: Jess Caldwell

Jess Caldwell is an outdoor educator, but she is also a certified Wilderness Survival Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and a certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

A Newcomer’s Guide to Overland Expo – PNW Edition 2024

With hundreds of vendors, over 100 presenters, trainers, and VIPs, and more than 500 session hours of education. With so much to choose from, this can be both exhilarating and a bit overwhelming for the first-time attendee to an Overland Expo. With that in mind, here’s a brief introduction to what we have going on, along with some tips to get you going.

Instructor Spotlight: Patty Upton

Patty, her late husband, Loren, are truly legends in the overland community: they explored parts of the world that had never seen travelers; and racked up five years and 56,000 miles with of stories, photos and extreme adventures.

Storytelling Pavilion at Overland Expo PNW

Overland Expo has added a new multi-purpose area called the Storytelling Pavilion at all of our 2024 shows. This space will include a teaching area tent that will host education on topics related to content creation, such as photography clinics with incredibly talented photographers, “how to” classes on everything from video creation to launching a podcast, and stories from folks who are traveling around the country and around the world.

Learn with Overland Expo Training

Learn off-road driving skills and receive hands-on instruction from expert trainers in our Overland Expo Training Area. Our unique and dynamic format focuses on skills in several tracks: Driving Skills, Vehicle Recovery, Preparedness, and Maintenance. Take classes on topics such as winching, rope-work and lashing, specialty substrates, and spotting. Want to know how to get unstuck with only what you have on hand or the fundamentals of winching? Arm yourself with the best tool in the toolbox . . . knowledge.

*Must be an Overland Expo Training Ticket Holder*

 

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Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

THE OVERLAND DRIVING COURSE

On a custom-built driving course, develop off-road skills to tackle any terrain, whether you explore locally or globally. The course is staffed by the top overland driving skills trainers in the world to provide one-to-one coaching from an expert instructor. 

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

THE VEHICLE TRAINING TEAM

Overland Expo’s team of trainers provide world-class instruction on all types of terrain.  The training team has decades of real-world experience driving, training and guiding all over the world.  In addition to instructing at Overland Expo, they offer guided training trips and off-highway driving and operator certification programs.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING AREAS

HANDS-ON PAVILIONS

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

CLASSROOMS

With our numerous navigation classes, there are no more excuses for getting lost when your GPS dies. Learn communications skills to enhance your overland experience. Brush up on your art of travel techniques with photography and videography classes. Stay safe with situational awareness tips from experts in their field. No matter if you drive a truck or motorcycle, we’ve got classes for you.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY AREAS

Open to Everyone: Day Pass, Weekend Pass with Camping and Premium Weekend Pass with camping ticket holders.

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

FILM FESTIVAL

Each year we offer a new selection of slideshows of trips from around the world. On Friday and Saturday evenings, we host a special lineup of films at the Winnebago Overland Theater. We start with an appetizer of short films before the feature film.

Storytelling pavilion

This space includes a teaching area tent that will host education related to content creation, such as photography clinics with incredibly talented photographers, “how to” classes on everything from video creation to the legal terms involved with making money as a content creator, and stories from folks who are traveling around the world.

 
Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

ROUNDTABLE PAVILION

Want to know more about Africa? Australia? What it’s like to travel solo? As a couple or family?  From Regional Q&As to expert tips, the roundtables can help you plan for the trip of a lifetime. Listen to panelists with extensive experience and enjoy their tales from the road!

Overland Essentials Area

Are you looking to up your camping game? Want to learn what gear essentials well-traveled overlanders don’t leave home without? Spend some time in this area to learn the ins and outs of overlanding from the experts. 

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

SHOWCASE & DIY VEHICLE AREA

Considering investing in an overland rig or motorcycle, and want to see how someone else has modified their rig to travel? Take a look at our “My Overland Vehicle / Moto” series. This “show and tell” series is about vehicle and moto customizations that have been put to the test of time and miles; bring your questions. Many will also share tips on how to travel. 

Loveland, Co. Photos by: John Allen

Backcountry & Culinary pavilion

Want to know how certain gear functions, how seasoned travelers pack their rigs or feed themselves on the road, or what it’s like to bring your four-legged friend on your next adventure? Check out the Backcountry Skills Area for information you’re bound to put to use during your next adventure.

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

PRODUCT DEMO

Want to know how a specific product works? The exhibition area is the place to be. Check the schedule for times of detailed demonstrations. Look for everything from solar cooking to rooftop tents to air compressors and tow straps.

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

KIDS ADVENTURE AREA

We pack the weekend with activities tailored to adventurous kids and their parents. Check out the Junior Overland Explorer program and earn patches for select classes. Kids of all ages can learn about nature journaling, first aid, knot-tying and more.

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