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: 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
Camel Trophy Expedition skills Area (CTESA)
The Camel Trophy Training Team
& 7P International
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 and 7P International.
Weekend Pass with Camping / Day Pass and everyone can observe limited classes.
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 Pass with Camping / Day Pass attendees may sign up for a test drive using a Land Rover provided vehicle, with a Land Rover instructor.
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 skills that will take you confidently off-the-beaten-path. Skills from beginner to advanced and the opportunity to 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 Pass with Camping / Day Pass 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.
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. New this year for older kids is the Kids Trophy Area located at the Camel Trophy Adventure Skills Area. Kids will learn Camel Trophy skills from the Camel Trophy team; real skills for the real world.
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.
Weekend Pass with Camping / Day Pass will be able to download a printable schedule of programs open to all everyone.
Full and Waitlisted Classes
Please check back, we will post a list of classes as they fill up. Class selection starts early March 2018.
Invites are sent out via email by registration order - those who register first, get first pick!
ALL Program Offerings for 2017 WEST (for reference)
program offerings for 2018 west will be available march 2018.
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.
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