2017 EAST Schedule & Programs
BILTMORE ESTATE — ASHEVILLE, NC, USA — SEPT 29–OCT 1, 2017
Overland Expo EAST brings you 140+ classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities, which means
over 300 session-hours to learn from our instructors—over 120 of the best in the world!
DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE WEEKEND PASS SCHEDULE HERE
Event Schedule — Overland Expo 2017 EAST
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5 pm to 7 pm: Cool Ride Party in Downtown Asheville (TBA)
Thursday, September 28, 2017
1 pm to 630 pm: check-in for attendees camping on-site; exhibitor set-up
Friday, September 29, 2017
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, September 30, 2017
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, October 1, 2017
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: banquet dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media
Monday, October 2, 2017
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?
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 at the Expo.
Details about Overland Expo WEST, near Flagstaff, AZ in May 2018, will be available in November 2017.
Program Highlights by Area
Overland Driving Course
Land Rover Experience
Stop by the Land Rover Pavilion to sign-up for the on-site overland driving course sponsored by Land Rover Experience at the Biltmore Estate. Develop off-road skills to tackle any terrain, whether you explore locally or globally. The course will be staffed by a dozen of the top overland driving skills trainers in the world to provide one-to-one coaching from an expert instructor.
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 / Day Pass attendees may sign up for a test drive using a Land Rover provided vehicle, with a Land Rover instructor.
Motorcycle Skills Course
Get ready for an all new, overland-style Motorcycle Skills Course. Train with top-notch instructors, on a custom built course, to challenge and hone your overland riding skills and take you confidently off-the-beaten-path. Classes are available for all levels of riders, and open to all bike sizes.
Overland Experience registrants can sign-up for and participate in beginner or advanced riding classes, and adventure motorcycle skills clinics, with their own motorcycle (no, we don't have loaners).
Weekend Pass attendees and everyone can observe the activities at the Motorcycle Skills Course and swing by Motorcycle Village.
Camel Trophy Expedition skills Area
The Camel Trophy Training Team
Get ready for driving skills and hands-on instruction from Camel Trophy competition experts in our Camel Trophy Expedition Skills Area. Our unique and dynamic format lets you custom-tailor your overland skills training in several areas: Recovery, Driving Skills, Maintenance and Repair, and Static skills.
Learn overland skills such as winching, rope-work and lashing, recovery, specialty substrates, and spotting. Want to know how to get unstuck with only what you have on hand? The fundamentals of winching? Arm yourself with the best tool in the tool box . . . knowledge.
Overland Experience registrants only can sign up for and participate in all classes taught by the Camel Trophy Team.
Weekend / Day Pass attendees and everyone can observe limited classes in the area.
TIRE TECH TEACHING AREA
Bringing their tech skills to yet another show, BFGoodrich will be hosting a teaching area focused on tire technology as well as bringing in vehicles to test drive to discover the differences tire tread patterns have on various terrain.
HANDS-ON TRAINING PAVILIONS: 4WD VEHICLES AND MOTO
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. Rotating topics cover everything from how-tos about electronics to hands-on maintenance and road side 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.
We have three classrooms dedicated to overland-specific instructional classes. With our numerous navigation classes, there's 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 our photography and videography classes; find out more about medical preparedness, patient assessment, and how to put together a proper first aid kit—no matter if you drive a truck or motorcycle, we got you covered; and stay safe and secure with situational awareness tips from experts in their field.
Overland Experience registrants only will have unlimited access to all classes.
DEMO AREAS: Vehicle and Moto
Are you considering investing in an overland rig or motorcycle, but want to see how someone else does it first? Or just curious how someone has modified their rig to travel? Take a look at our "My Perfect Overland Vehicle / Moto" series in the Demo Area. 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.
Curious about how seasoned travelers feed themselves on the road? Make sure to stop by for our scheduled cooking demos.
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. Look for everything from solar cooking to rooftop tents to air compressors and tow straps.
Kids Adventure Activities
Bring your family! We offer a weekend packed with activities tailored to adventurous kids and their parents. This area is for kids, by kids. Stop by and check out the Junior Overland Explorer program and earn patches for select classes. Kids can learn about and participate in activities such as origami, nature journaling, first aid, and knot-tying or go explore during the navigation treasure hunt.
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.
Stop by the Overland Theater to watch and listen to fellow overlanders share their experiences. Each year we offer a new selection of slideshows featuring trips from around the world. Check the schedule this year to see where you'll be inspired to go next.
The overland film festival
For Friday and Saturday evenings, we host a special lineup of films at the Overland Theater, from 7-10 pm. New for this year, an hour-long appetizer of Overland Film Shorts before the feature film.
WHICH CLASSES AND PROGRAMS CAN I ATTEND?
Open to Weekend / Day Pass and Overland Experience packages: Roundtables, Demos, Seminars, Slideshows, Films, Kids Activities, and Product Demos.
Open to Overland Experience package ONLY: Advanced Driving and Recovery Classes, Adventure Motorcycle Riding Classes, Hands-on Workshops, and Instructional Classes.
NOTES ABOUT THE SCHEDULE:
Overland Experience registrants, when class sign-ups are available, will receive an email "invite" to select your classes via our online system (Sched.com). We do not publish the schedule, times, or locations online since it is reserved for registered students only. NOTE: Most classes are offered more than once to accommodate the demand for popular classes. See below for a list of our complete Overland Experience program offerings.
Weekend Pass attendees will be able to download a printable schedule of programs open to all everyone.
ALL Program Offerings for 2017 EAST
[For reference only]
The following is a complete list of 175+ program offerings for 2017 EAST.
Overland Experience registrants can attend anything—all classes as well as all other programs.
Weekend & Day Pass ticket holders cannot attend classes, but can attend demos, seminars, activities, roundtables, slideshows and films.
full & Waitlisted classes:
update 09.23 — All sessions for the following classes are Full and Waitlisted (but we still have 160+ others to choose from!):
- Advanced Driving: Braking with the wrong foot (2 HR)
- Advanced Driving: Cross-axle & locker scenarios
- Advanced Driving: Picking a line—NEW (2HR)
- Advanced Driving: Trailers—NEW (2HR)
- Advanced Recovery: Using all the tools at your disposal (2 HR)
- Camel Trophy Skills: Recovery kit you need when things go wrong (2 HR)
- Camel Trophy Skills: Recovery scenarios when all else fails (2 HR)
- Changing Surfaces: Overlanding on real roads—NEW
- Fundamentals of Winching (2HR)
- Fundamentals of Winchless Recovery (2 HR)
- Tech Essentials: Tires—Tread, Pressure, and Traction
- Vehicle Marshalling Skills—COED (2 HR)
- Expert Eye on your Vehicle: Modifications for overlanding—NEW
- Off the Beaten Path: Dealing with variable terrain (2HR)—NEW
- Tight Turns in Tough Places—NEW
- When the Pavement Ends: Fundamentals of off-pavement riding (2HR)—NEW
Overland Driving Skills & Awareness : the scheduled sessions are full, but you can still sign up at the Land Rover Pavilion and set up a time with them directly.
Header Image, © Andreas Raffel
All other images, Anthony Sicola, Jonathan Hanson, and Alison DeLapp