The Recap & Excitement2014 West



MAY 2014

Event Statistics

  • 183 exhibitors, authors, videographers and VIP travelers / feature vehicles
  • 170+ classes, programs, films, demos
  • 160 presenters, instructors, and VIPs
  • 8000+ attendees from:39 U.S. states
  • 6 Canadian provinces
  • 12 countries
  • 5 continents

Event Highlights

  • We grew by 20% overall—attendees, exhibitors, staff.
  • "Flew" a motorcycle via zipline across the pond using a winch in the Camel Trophy Skills area.

What People Are Saying

From Exhibitors:

"This show was awesome. It was somehow like a family reunion and we were very happy to be part of it. It inspired me to keep the business alive and have it grow through the next years. I just wished we had spent more time with you... Thank you for being such great organizers and hosts for this unique show."

~ Harald & Laila

"Just a quick thank you for the opportunity we had to participate in the 2014 Overland Expo, and to be featured in the Oasis Tent . You guys did a great job organizing the event, and we had a great time there. Also we made some great contacts."

~ Jared Broadbent

"I wanted to note the event was fantastic!  The whole OEX crew did a fantastic job of putting everything together and as a first-time exhibitor, I was very happy with the turn-out and look forward to exhibiting at the EAST event later this year."

~Frank Ledwell

"Thank you for a great event and it was the best to date. We had very qualified customers and the large crowd was great to see. AEV would like to continue supporting the Overland Expo and I would like to reserve the same spot for next year." 

~ Kent Klein

From Attendees:

"I know you're getting a lot of follow-up emails after a successful weekend, but I wanted to send you a quick note to give my support for the Border Crossing Simulation that I attended. I do a lot of travel in an official capacity for the US Gov't on brown/black passport, but have limited experience with global travel on blue/tourist passports.  The crew that provided the training had a wealth of experience and the scenarios conducted were great examples of what to expect during a border crossing evolution.  I left the training with a lot of new knowledge and some great tips for how to cross borders or pass customs in a more efficient manner. Without question, I would recommend bringing the crew that provided this training back for future Overland Expos.  Please pass along my thanks and congrats for a job well done."

~ Curt Beling

"Had a blast at Expo this weekend. Your group offers the best info and presentation of all the instructors there. It is really great fun but I appreciate the technical side as well. Thanks for answering all of my questions, all of your team take the time to think out the answers rather than just spit out something just to hear yourself speak. You all make Expo a great learning experience. Thanks again and keep up the hard work!"

~ Brent Wefel

"I want to extend a hearty thanks for having me at the Expo. This was probably the nicest, most diverse group of outdoor explorers I’ve ever spent time with, and I sure appreciate having the Bushcraft area to provide an opportunity to work with folks. Having attended a lot of conferences and rendezvous over the years, your considerable logistical efforts and planning made this event appear seamless... Again, thank you for an amazing weekend!"


"Thanks you two for coordinating a great event!  It was an extreme pleasure to be there!"

~ Phil Freeman

"Thank you Amanda for all the hard work, understanding and flexibility with making this such a success. I will be back next year to help. It is amazing to see the Expo grow since its inception 6 years ago. It is great to volunteer with such a great group of people."

~ Mark 

"Thank you for a fine time at the Expo! Well Done would be an understatement! I have seen the positive change that you, your wife and your staff are making by building a responsible enthusiastic community, filled with all kinds of real individuals. I just wanted to reflect on my personal appreciation for your efforts. Thank you very much."

~ Forum member, Expedition Portal

"My wife and I are in for the full experience. We are looking forward to the classes and meeting you fine folks! We are trailer camping onsite. At this year’s West event I received an enormous education in many subjects just from the fine people who camped around us! I am looking forward to the East event and the high caliber of pleasant individuals the Overland Expo attracts! "

~Forum member


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Photo by Brett Willhelm, Willhelmn Visual Works

Photo by Brett Willhelm


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