2018 WEST Schedule & Programs
FT. TUTHILL COUNTY PARK — FLAGSTAFF, AZ, USA — MAY 18-20, 2018
Overland Expo WEST brings you 200+ classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities, which means
over 450 session-hours to learn from our instructors—over 150 of the best in the world!
Event Schedule — Overland Expo 2018 WEST
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm: Overland Expo Gear & Beer in Downtown Flagstaff (TBA)
Thursday, May 17, 2018
1 pm to 7 pm: exhibitor check-in and set-up; camping opens;
attendee check-in for Overland Experience and Weekend Passes with Camping
Friday, May 18, 2018
9 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: film festival; Change Your World Fund raffle and fundraiser
Saturday, May 19, 2018
8 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: film festival; dinner and raffle for motorcyclists (optional add-on ticket)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
4 pm: banquet dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media
Monday, May 21, 2018
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?
Program Highlights by Area
Camel Trophy Expedition skills Area (CTESA)
What's better than learning driving skills and hands-on instruction from Camel Trophy competition experts? How about more of it? This year we are bringing you a bigger and more dynamic Camel Trophy Expedition Skills Area. That also means more of the classes you want: Driving Skills, Maintenance and Repair, Recovery, 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.
To sign-up and participate in classes taught by the Camel Trophy or 7P International Training Teams, register for Overland Experience.
MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION SKILLS AREA (MESA)
New for 2018, a re-designed Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area, headed by Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART). On a custom built training course, learn the ADV riding skills that will take you confidently off-the-beaten-path. Whether you are new to off-pavement motorcycling, or wanting to advance your skill set, we have classes for every level. After a weekend of training, don't miss the Obstacle Course Challenge on Sunday!
NOTE: We do not have loaner motorcycles; bring your own.
To sign-up and participate in adventure riding classes or compete in the competition, register for Overland Experience.
Overland Driving Course
Land Rover Experience & Training team
Returning for another year, Land Rover Experience is sponsoring the on-site overland driving course. 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, accompanied drives on the Overland Driving Course.
There are no on-site rentals.
To drive your own vehicle on the course (or use a Land Rover provided vehicle), register for Overland Experience.
tire tech area
BFGoodrich Tires training team
Bringing their tech skills to yet another show, BFGoodrichTires will be hosting a teaching area focused on tire technology. Understanding how to choose the right tires for the terrain you're on will set you up for better success during off-pavement driving. Sign-up to test drive a vehicle outfitted with different tread patterns, discover the difference on various terrain, and get advice for tires for your own vehicle.
Hands-On Training Pavilion
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.
You wanted more and we listened. This year we've expanded to four 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.
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 Area
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 origami, nature journaling, first aid, and knot-tying; They can also go explore during the navigation treasure hunt or try yoga.
New this year for, kids ages 8 and up can participate (with supervision) in the Kids Expedition Skills Area— located at the Camel Trophy Adventure Skills Area. Kids will learn real skills for the real world the Camel Trophy training team.
Roundtable Panel Discussions
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.
Slideshows & the Overland Film Festival
Watch and listen to fellow overlanders share their experiences at the Overland Theater. Each year we offer a new selection of slideshows of trips from around the world. Check the schedule this year to see where you will be inspired to go next.
On 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 participate in?
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 register for classes from Schedule.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. (*all classes require advance sign-up, see waitlist)
Weekend Pass with Camping / Day Pass will be able to download a printable schedule of programs open to everyone.
Full and Waitlisted Classes as of 5/16/18
Class selection began early March 2018. Invites are sent out via email by registration order - those who register first, get first pick!
The following 30 classes are full and waitlisted, but we still have 300+ other classes and programs available.
driving, expedition & recovery classes — Full and waitlisted:
- Advanced Driving Part 1: Changing surfaces & overlanding on real roads—NEW
- Advanced Driving Part 2: Picking a line (2 HR)—NEW
- Advanced Driving Part 3: Braking with the wrong foot (2 HR)
- Advanced Driving Part 4: Cross-axle & locker scenarios (2 HR)
- Advanced Road Skills: Overland driving skills for 90 percent of your trip
- Camel Trophy Recovery Skills Part 1: The recovery kit you need when things go wrong (2 HR)
- Camel Trophy Recovery Skills Part 2: Advanced rigging for vehicle recovery—NEW (2 HR)
- Camel Trophy Recovery Skills Part 3: Expert skills challenge (2 HR)
- Camel Trophy Skills: How complex recoveries actually happened on the Camel Trophy—NEW
- Camel Trophy Skills: Rope use & repair (2 HR)
- Overland Driving Skills & Awareness
- Overland Driving Skills & Awareness—Women’s
- Overland Driving Skills for Big Trucks
- Overland Trailers Part 1: Building, buying, and driving—NEW
- Overlanding Fundamentals Part 1: Beginner vehicle and recovery skills, COED (2 HR)—NEW
- Overlanding Fundamentals Part 2: Winchless Recovery (2 HR)
- Overlanding Fundamentals Part 3: Winch Recovery (2 HR)
- Vehicle Marshalling Skills—COED (2 HR)
ADV MOTO Riding Classes
- Riding Skills Level 3: Mixed surfaces—NEW
- Riding Skills Level 3: Obstacles—NEW
- Riding Skills Level 3: Off-camber/variable terrain—NEW
- Most other riding classes, Friday sessions are full, but Saturday sessions are still open for sign-ups.
other classes — Full and waitlisted:
- Baja, Mexico as a First International Destination—NEW
- Building a First Aid Kit for Your Journey—NEW
- Couples Overlanding: Traveling as a team—NEW
- Digital Navigation, Part 1: Planning
- Digital Navigation, Part 2: Operations
- On-Trail Communications: Getting beyond the CB radio
- Overlanding Minimalism: Tips and tricks for traveling in a compact 4x4
- Power Where You Need It: Proper accessory wiring for radios, fridges, and nav systems (2 HR)
- Preparing Yourself and Your Vehicle for First-Aid Success
- Stuff You Didn’t Know You Don’t Need—NEW
- Tech Essentials: Advanced Tire Repair (2 HR)
- Tech Essentials: How to Weld in the Field (2 HR)
- Tech Essentials: Tires—Tread, pressure, and traction
- Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Overlanding—NEW
- Troubleshooting & Field Repair of 4x4 & Expedition Vehicles (2 HR)
ALL Program Offerings for 2018 WEST
For 2018 WEST, we have 320+ different classes and programs, totaling 460+ session hours.
From beginner to advanced sessions, we have something for everyone.
The following is for reference only. See schedule for times and locations.
Programs open to Everyone
Classes Open to Overland Experience ONLY
LISTINGS OF PREVIOUS Schedule and classes BY YEAR:
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