Put Your Overland Cooking Skills to the Test!

Think you’re the ultimate chef? If your favorite part of overland travel is cooking and eating, if creating something amazingly good with only a small stove and a handful of ingredients thrills you, you’ll be excited about this news...

  Photo © Ruth Belcher

Photo © Ruth Belcher


We'll be opening registration for the Overland Expo Chef Competition on October 24, 2018. Seven teams of one to three chefs will battle it out with a secret ingredient and get judged on a cocktail, a savory, and a sweet dish to determine the best overland chef.

The registration process will be announced the next edition of our Overland News Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, head over to www.overlandexpo.com/overlandnews and subscribe today.

Get your team ready now!

Show us your Cool Ride!

Overland Expo celebrates the diversity of vehicle-dependent overland travel. Whether large or small, from two wheels to four or more, we want to see what moves you!

Are you already planning to go to Overland Expo 2018 EAST? How would you like your Weekend Pass with Camping comped? The eight finalists of this fall's Cool Ride contest will receive a free Weekend Pass with Camping for the event!

Just enter your rig or motorcycle, finished or not, and get the 50 votes required to get in front of our judges and get a chance at the finals. Oh, and the winner gets $500 in Overland Expo CASH to spend with our exhibitors at the event! Plus there are weekly random winners! What have you got to lose?

Enter here: www.overlandexpo.com/coolride

Overland Expo EAST Class Schedule is Released!

What do you want to learn about overland travel?

Overland Expo is about more than gear and rigs. There are over 120+ fantastic activities such as round-table discussions from experts, films, demos, and slideshows, plus over 220+ hours of premium classes covering everything from technical extraction to cooking on the road.

You can check out what you can learn at Overland Expo EAST by checking out the newly released schedule of classes.

The premium classes available only to those with an Overland Experience ticket offer amazing hands-on training. You can take classes in First Aid, Food Storage & Provisioning, Safety & Security, and SO MUCH MORE!

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Take Charly Aurelia’s first aid class “When There Is No 911” on proper patient assessment, learn how to properly store food on your vehicle-supported adventures (and a new recipe or two), or sit in on Traveling Solo, a female perspective on safe travel practices - from women who have traveled all over the world.

Learn more about our premium classes here and be sure to grab your ticket before they’re gone!

Less than 200 Overland Experience tickets are remaining, and less than 40 Weekend Passes with Camping. Don’t forget, you can always join us with a Day Pass, but they must be purchased in advance and parking for Day Pass ticket holders is at the Oskar Blues Brewery where a shuttle will transport you to the Expo.

Who is Coming to Overland Expo East?

Overland Expo 2018 EAST is just over two months away and the show is really coming together. We are so happy that both Four Wheel Campers and BFGoodrich Tires are back as Host Sponsors!

If you haven’t checked them out, Four Wheel makes an amazing slide-in camper designed specifically for the beating that overland vehicles take. Built since 1972 with three basic principles in mind (lightweight, durability, and simplicity), Four Wheel Campers also keeps the weight at the lowest possible center of gravity while allowing the camper frame to flex without breaking (itself or your vehicle). This allows you to take your rig where you want without sacrificing some great comfort and style.

BFGoodrich Tires leads the industry with their off-road capable tires. With a 27 SCORE Baja 1000 wins and 70 overall four-wheel SCORE Desert Race Titles, they not only know their stuff, they’ve proven it. The BFG team will be there to help you understand what type of driving maximizes their tire performance. They also run a grant program of Out Standing Trails to help protect the paths we know and love.

 The BFGoodrich Team from a previous Expo

The BFGoodrich Team from a previous Expo

 A Four Wheel Camper out exploring

A Four Wheel Camper out exploring


We are thrilled to have BFGoodrich Tires and Four Wheel Campers back with us and can’t wait to see them at the show.

This is just a sampling of the great sponsors and exhibitors heading to REEB Ranch just south of Asheville, NC this November 9-11. You can check out everyone who is coming on our EAST Sponsor and Exhibitor page. Tickets for Overland Expo EAST are on sale and still available. There are even a few premium Overland Experience tickets remaining. But the Expo is coming soon so be sure to pick up yours soon as all tickets must be purchased in advance.

We hope to see you in November!

 

New Venue for Overland Expo East!

Staff were in the Asheville area last weekend to work on plans for the upcoming Overland Expo 2018 EAST at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch. Yes, this year it is at a new location!

We've left behind the fabulous Biltmore for greener pastures this year, literally! Located only 35 miles from Asheville, REEB Ranch hosts rolling fields, a backdrop of beautiful blue mountains, and comes complete with a stream threading through the property as well as miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.

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All of those empty fields will be transformed when Overland Expo EAST begins November 9 (we open on Thursday for camping). The same great event will take place over three days, hosting over 200 vendors, and, of course, hundreds of in-depth classes, from choosing the right vehicle or motorcycle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to handling challenging road conditions, to recovering from that unexpected slide off the road.

Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from seasoned Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional motorcycle trainers and trip leaders. We are looking forward to another Overland Expo EAST schedule—packed with over 160 classes and activities, comprising of more than 300 session hours of instruction.

Another difference for this year is that ALL tickets must be purchased in advance, including Day Passes. Day Pass parking will be off-site with a free shuttle service to Overland Expo. Only campers and ADA vehicles will be permitted to park at the ranch.

Tickets are already on sale. Check out the ticket types. To choose the best one for you and we'll see you at the show November 9-11!

COOL RIDE 2018 WEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

 Left to Right: Cool Ride Grand Prize Winner Blue Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator Cyan Samone and Traffic & Campground Manager Isaac Barley

Left to Right: Cool Ride Grand Prize Winner Blue Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator Cyan Samone and Traffic & Campground Manager Isaac Barley

BLUE NELSON'S 1982 MERCEDES DIESEL THE "BRAUNER BENZ"

Jett Scott and Blue Nelson recently rescued this lost, but not forgotten 1982 Mercedes 200 Diesel behind a shipping container near Long Beach, California where it sat languishing in the open for more than a decade. It was slated to be parted out then scrapped but Blue decided to try to get the well-travelled Diesel back on the road again in as close to its "as found" condition as possible, complete with the camping gear, maps, Saharan sand ladders and bullet holes. Blue delivered the car to the Mercedes Classic Center in Southern California, where much to the surprise and delight of the staff, it was verified and officially high-mileage-awarded as, indeed, the missing "Brauner Benz" driven by Markus Besold for nearly 600,000 kms throughout Europe, Africa, South, Central and North America and beyond. Markus chronicled his arduous and high stakes adventures in a very detailed journal online as far back as 1994 as well as in a published book. 

When asked how he would spend his $500 Overland Expo Cash, Blue surprised everyone by stating he had everything he needed to travel comfortably already in the trunk of the car and proceeded to give his winnings to the other finalists present. Thank you Blue for bringing us this artifact of overlanding history and for showing everyone you don't need the biggest or fanciest rig to have the coolest ride!

 Isaac applies an Overland Expo decal at Blue's request. This will be the final addition before the Benz is entombed in a museum.

Isaac applies an Overland Expo decal at Blue's request. This will be the final addition before the Benz is entombed in a museum.

Sign up for our newsletter for announcements on future Cool Ride Contests and more: www.overlandexpo.com/overlandnews

Overland Expo BEST SHOT Photo Contest 2018

Our 2018 photo contest drew a record 825 entries and over 9,600 total votes between our qualifier and finalist rounds! You helped the judges whittle down the stiff competition to 8 gorgeous finalists:

The final decision was made by a public vote and our winner was. . .

  Epic Winchline Pull - Ryan McKee   While winter wheeling with a friend in New Hampshire’s White Mountains my Jeep broke through thick ice of a frozen-over river, requiring recovery from my buddy’s JKU. I took a moment to photograph him pulling the FlatLink at the end of his winch line towards the Grand Cherokee to pull me back safely.  Thanks to Warn, Factor55, and Black Oak LED for making this a painless process despite the cold temps, fresh snow, and pitch black night!   Follow Ryan's adventures:  Instagram @2180miles  ,  www.2180miles.com    Equipment: Handheld on a Canon 6D, 24-70mm at 70mm, f/2.8, ISO200, 1/50” exposure.

Epic Winchline Pull - Ryan McKee

While winter wheeling with a friend in New Hampshire’s White Mountains my Jeep broke through thick ice of a frozen-over river, requiring recovery from my buddy’s JKU. I took a moment to photograph him pulling the FlatLink at the end of his winch line towards the Grand Cherokee to pull me back safely.  Thanks to Warn, Factor55, and Black Oak LED for making this a painless process despite the cold temps, fresh snow, and pitch black night! 

Follow Ryan's adventures: Instagram @2180miles , www.2180miles.com 

Equipment: Handheld on a Canon 6D, 24-70mm at 70mm, f/2.8, ISO200, 1/50” exposure.

Ryan plans to use his Grand Prize of an Overland Experience package + Guest to attend Overland Expo EAST 2018 with his wife!

Thank you for the spectacular and inspiring entries everyone, you make our jobs harder every year. And huge thanks to everyone who voted for helping us decide.

To enter next year and keep informed about other great contest opportunities, sign up for our newsletter: www.overlandexpo.com/overlandnews

More Great Gifts for Adventurers

Still need some unique gift ideas for people who like to get out there? Check out our staff picks below or scroll for great gifts through our exhibitor pages for Overland Expo EAST and WEST.

One gift sure to please? Tickets to Overland Expo WEST or Gift Certificates for either show!

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Denali Electronics DM 2.0 TriOptic LED Light Kit - $275

Don't let their size fool you, like the arms of a T-Rex, these lights are more powerful than you assume at first glance. Optimally designed to improve your riding visibility, the Denali DM LEDs pack a powerful amount of light into a mini but rugged housing. Perfect for those nighttime adventures, be it urban wildlife or Jurassic jungles. - Alison DeLapp, Assistant Director

 

Shiftpod2 Tent - $1499.99

A tent fit for Santa himself. Super-roomy and sturdy enough to stand up to the harshest climates, SHIFTPOD2 is the ultimate portable shelter. Combining high-tech fabrics and an integrated frame system, the SHIFTPOD is quick and easy to set up while being waterproof and windproof. Weighing in at 60 pounds, it’ll take up a fair amount of room in your sleigh, but it’s worth every ounce! - Eva Rupert, Logistics Associate 

 

Wacaco Minipresso Gr - $59.90

Real espresso on the road. Just 360 grams (3/4 pound), this little coffee maker cranks out real espresso—with crema—in a few minutes using boiling water and a hand-operated pressurizing button. It’s even compact enough to take on a motorcycle. Heat up some milk and use a little battery frother and you have great lattes . . . ingenious. 

 

7P Overland Recovery Kit - From $925

There are many recovery kits on the market, but not all are equal. The Camel Trophy veterans on the 7P team use this gear almost exclusively and have selected its components from the best available in the world. This winch recovery kit has all you will need when the going gets tough, when time is short and exhaustion is setting in, all of the gear is rated and marked so you know it will work when you need it. - Graham Jackson, Training Director

 

Mosko Moto Backcountry 40L Duffle/Pack - $224.99

A fully waterproof duffel for the back of your bike that becomes a comfortable backpack for when you want to hike up to that really sweet camp spot just a -little- further out. Mosko’s attention to detail, well thought out design, and high quality materials are unmatched. - Cyan Samone, Community Relations Coordinator