2017 WEST Schedule & Programs
NEW VENUE — FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, USA — MAY 12-14, 2017
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 2017 WEST
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm: Overland Expo Gear & Beer + Cool Ride Party in Downtown Flagstaff (TBA)
Thursday, May 17, 2018
1 pm to 7 pm: attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up;
camping opens for Overland Experience and Weekend Passes with Camping only
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: evening programs TBA
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: evening programs TBA
Sunday, May 20, 2018
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
4 pm: BBQ 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
Overland Driving Course
Land Rover Experience
Once again, 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 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 area & track
Taking center stage at the Motorcycle Skills Area & Track and anchoring Motorcycle Village is RawHyde Adventures. On a custom built training course, learn the skills that will take you confidently off-the-beaten-path. New for this year, practice and test your skills on the Adventure Motorcycle Skills Challenge Track, in a competition style obstacle course.
Note: We do not have loaner motorcycles; bring your own.
Overland Experience registrants can sign-up and participate in beginner or advanced riding classes, adventure motorcycle skills clinics and remote rides.
Weekend / Day Pass attendees and everyone can observe the Adventure Motorcycle Skills Challenge practice and competition.
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.
Camel Trophy Expedition skills Area
The Camel Trophy Training Team
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, Planning and Logistics, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Full and Waitlisted Classes
UPDATE 3/30: All sessions for the following classes are Full and Waitlisted (but we still have 225 others to choose from!):
- Advanced Driving: Cross-axle & Locker Scenarios
- Advanced Driving: Picking a line
- Advanced Driving: Trailers
- Advanced Recovery: Using all the tools at your disposal
- Advanced Road Skills: Overland driving skills for 90 percent of your trip
- Adventure Travel Planning: Getting There
- Camel Trophy Skills: Recovery Kit Overview
- Camel Trophy Skills: Recovery scenarios when all else fails
- Exploring Magical Baja
- First Aid X4: Wilderness and overland medicine for when it REALLY counts
- Getting a Handle on the Hi-Lift Jack
- On-Trail Communications: Getting beyond the CB radio
- Overland Driving Skills for Big Trucks
- Overlanding Lessons from the Secret Service: Route selection & situational awareness in developing countries
- Planning with the Experts: Routes through Baja & Mexico
- Planning with the Experts: The Pan-American & routes through the Americas
- Power Where You Need It: Proper accessory wiring for radios, fridges, and nav systems
- Quality Where it Counts: Assembling an effective automotive tool kit
- Recovery Techniques With a Winch
- Recovery Techniques Without a Winch
- Tech Essentials: Maintenance and Repair for Modern Overland Vehicles—COED
- Tech Essentials: Tires—Tread, Pressure, and Traction
- Traction Control: Learn when the “nanny” is both right and wrong
- Troubleshooting & Trail Repairs for 4WD
- Vehicle Marshalling Skills—COED
- Winching Fundamentals
ALL Program Offerings for 2017 WEST
Below is a list of our complete Overland Experience program offerings for 2017 WEST:
250+ different classes and programs, totaling 450+ session-hours.
For full and waitlisted classes, see above
The following is for reference only.
Header Image, Hinterland Industries