2023 WestPROGRAMS & INSTRUCTORS

No other event features a gathering of so many overland legends, authors, and experts. Overland Expo WEST offers more than 400 session-hours of incredible programs—that’s 220+ different classes, slideshows, demonstrations, and activities—brought to you by 120+ instructors and presenters from around the world.

MAY 19-21, 2023
FT. TUTHILL COUNTY PARK
FLAGSTAFF, AZ, USA
FRI 8-5 | SAT 8-5 | SUN 8-3

LIST OF PROGRAM OFFERINGS

For WEST 2023, we offer a wide variety of classes and programs, totaling 400+ session hours. From beginner to advanced sessions, covering everything from wilderness first aid, to working on the road with Starlink, to winching and recovery.  We truly have something for everyone.

There are two levels of accessibility for attendees, Day & Weekend Pass (general admission) and Overland Experience (premium).

  • Day & Weekend Pass program list & schedule available below.
  • We do not publish the Overland Experience program list & schedule—registered students will receive this information via email. 

Schedule of classes for 2023 West will be released in mid-May 2023.

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Featured Programming

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The Amazing Educational Line Up at Overland Expo West 2022

One of the best parts of any Overland Expo is the amazing group of instructors and trainers gathered together in one place. At our first event of 2022, Overland Expo West, attendees have access to more 220 different classes and programs, totaling 400+ session hours.

Instructor Spotlight: The Yoga Slackers

Yoga Slackers Sam Salwei and Raquel Hernández are lovers of movement. Limitations are a foreign concept to this teaching duo, as they spend their time traveling the world and fulfilling their dreams of being true modern-day nomads.

Instructor Spotlight: Michael Ladden

Throughout high school and college, Michael spent most of his free time exploring the United States. In the early 1990s, he and a coworker quit their office jobs and bought one-way tickets to Africa.

TRAINING AT VEHICLE EXPEDITION SKILLS AREA

Learn off-road driving skills and receive hands-on instruction from expert trainers in our Vehicle Expedition Skills Area. Our unique and dynamic format focuses on skills in several tracks: Recovery, Driving, Maintenance and Repair, and Static skills. Take classes on topics such as winching, rope-work and lashing, 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 toolbox . . . knowledge.

THE OVERLAND DRIVING COURSE

On a custom-built driving course, develop off-road skills to tackle any terrain, whether you explore locally or globally. The course is staffed by the top overland driving skills trainers in the world to provide one-to-one coaching from an expert instructor. 

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THE VEHICLE TRAINING TEAM

Overland Expo’s team of trainers provide world-class instruction on all types of terrain.  The training team has decades of real-world experience driving, training and guiding all over the world.  In addition to instructing at Overland Expo, they offer guided training trips and off-highway driving and operator certification programs.

TRAINING AT THE MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION SKILLS AREA (MESA)

With the help of our motorcycle training team, we’ve created a custom course at the Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area and geared it toward overlanders who want to travel global or local. Led by Bill Dragoo of Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART), experience top-notch instruction and 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 skillset, we have classes for every level and all bike sizes are welcome.

THE MOTORCYCLE TRAINING TEAM

This team will build your riding skills so you can confidently tackle a variety of terrain and environments. Balance. Control. Judgment. Attitude. These are the cornerstones of adventure riding as taught by the Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART) team in the United States and South America, and at Overland Expo since 2017. Bill Dragoo is a certified BMW off-road instructor, certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider coach, a member of the U.S. 2010 BMW GS Trophy team, and a moto-journalist. He leads a team of coaches who will engage and encourage you in learning the finer points of managing a dual-sport motorcycle, from basic to advanced levels.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING AREAS

HANDS-ON PAVILION

Our hands-on pavilion get you out of your seat and into action with a qualified instructor. Each year we bring you technical classes essential for overlanding. Rotating topics cover everything from how-tos about electronics to hands-on maintenance and roadside repairs to injury assessment and first-aid to showing how to set up gear and what to take with you (and sometimes leave behind).

CLASSROOMS

Our classroom sessions aim to provide more intensive and specified education for those looking to do a deeper or more advanced dive into a given topic/area.  With our numerous navigation classes, there are 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 photography and videography classes. Stay safe with situational awareness tips from experts in their field. No matter if you drive a truck or motorcycle, we’ve got classes for you.

Redmond, Oregon. Photos by: John Allen

ADDITIONAL AREAS FOR EDUCATION & INSPIRATION

Open to Everyone: Day Pass, Weekend Pass with Camping and Overland Experience ticket holders.

FILM FESTIVAL

AT THE OVERLAND THEATER
Each year we offer a new selection of slideshows of trips from around the world. On Friday and Saturday evenings, we host a special lineup of films at the Fieldcraft Survival Overland Theater. We start with an appetizer of short films before the feature film.

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ROUNDTABLE PANELS


Want to know more about Africa? Australia? What it’s like to travel solo? As a couple or family?  From Regional Q&As to expert tips, the roundtables can help you plan for the trip of a lifetime. Listen to panelists with extensive experience and enjoy their tales from the road!

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SHOWCASE & DIY VEHICLE AREA

Considering investing in an overland rig or motorcycle, and want to see how someone else has modified their rig to travel? Take a  stroll through our juried selection of rigs and attend a “My Overland Vehicle / Moto” session. This “show and tell” series is about the customizations that have been put to the test of time and miles. 

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PRODUCT DEMO

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.

 

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AROUND THE WORLD PAVILION

Looking for inspiration? Keen to learn what it’s like to travel from Alaska to Argentina? Want to hear the incredible stories of round-the-world overlanding legends, first hand? This Pavilion hosts visually spectacular slideshow presentations and storytelling of journeys that span anywhere from a few counties to several continents

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Overland Essentials Area


Are you looking to up your camping game? Want to learn what gear essentials well-traveled overlanders don’t leave home without? Spend some time in this area to learn the ins and outs of overlanding from the experts. 

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Backcountry skills Area


Want to know how certain gear functions, how seasoned travelers pack their rigs or feed themselves on the road, or what it’s like to bring your four-legged friend on your next adventure? Check out the Backcountry Skills Area for information you’re bound to put to use during your next adventure.

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KIDS ADVENTURE AREA

We pack the weekend with activities tailored to adventurous kids and their parents. Check out the Junior Overland Explorer program and earn patches for select classes. Kids of all ages can learn about nature journaling, first aid, knot-tying, and more. For kids ages 10 and up, learn expedition skills with the training team. Parents MUST stay with their children. 

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CHECK OUT WHAT'S NEW #OVERLANDEXPO

We are accepting submissions and nominations for the 2023 Overland Film Festival!🎥

Taking place at all 4 Overland Expos, the film festival features a finely curated selection of films with a focus to inspire vehicle-based travelers and adventure-seekers.

Whether you are a weekend warrior documenting trips close to home or a multi-continent traveler, if you have a story to tell, we want to hear it!⁠

Click the link in bio for more information on 2023 deadlines, submissions, and schedules!🔗





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