Appalachian Rendezvous Sep 30 - Oct 02, 2016

The weekend before Overland Expo EAST, American Adventurist is hosting their 3rd annual Appalachian Rendezvous!

SPECIAL NOTE FOR TRIP PLANNING: Appalachian Rendezvous attendees may stay on the UORTC property FREE OF CHARGE between the Appalachian Rendezvous that concludes Sunday, 02 October 2016 and the start of the Overland Expo East in Asheville, NC on Thursday, 06 October 2016. 

This close alignment of the 2 events will allow travelers to attend both, first doing stuff, and second learning stuff, while in between the two exploring the many exciting things available to explore in North Carolina. Hopefully this will encourage participants to plan for a trip of a little longer duration and "check" 2 boxes!

For full details check out the thread on the American Adventurist forums:

Traveling to Vermont Overland Rally from Overland EAST?

OK Auto, 4WD and Tire, the home of James Baroud USA will be opening their doors to all
attendees making the journey.

 OK Auto, 4WD and Tire

OK Auto, 4WD and Tire

"We will offer FREE camping on our property which includes a small course to test out your
vehicles off road capabilities. We are located near many Historic Sites, Recreational parks,
Wineries, Breweries and an Off-road Park. These locations offer kayaking, fishing, hiking,
mountain biking, sample tasting of wine and beers made here on the East Coast and
experience 3000 acres of Off Road Trails. We have water, electricity and shower facilities for
your use. We will provide a FREE BBQ style meal on Tuesday October 4 for all those who camp
with us."

For more information: View/Download the PDF


Adventure giveaway — $4500 in gear and training!

In celebration of the success of the Change Your World Fund, Overland Expo is offering a training package giveaway, specially tailored for overlanders. Thanks to RawHyde Adventures, REV'IT!, and Nexx for donating a spectacular prize package. 

With every purchase of an Overland Experience package, Weekend Pass, or Day Pass, you will be automatically entered to win. For every entry, we will donate $1 to the Change Your World Fund. Number of entries varies per purchase: Overland Experience = 5 entries, Weekend Pass = 3 entries, Day Pass = 1 entry.

Find out more  . . .

Why come to Overland Expo?

Why train with us?

Several overland shows now offer worthwhile classes. But no other event comes close to the breadth and depth of education available to Overland Experience attendees at the Overland Expo, from choosing the right vehicle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to comfortably handling challenging driving conditions, to winching it out of a hole. Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from ex-Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional motorcycle trainers and trip leaders. The most recent Overland Expo EAST schedule included over 140 classes comprising a full 350 session-hours of instruction. We now have attendees who have been to every Expo and have not run out of things to learn. 


Why come EAST?

The Overland Expo EAST venue lies in the forested heart of Blue Ridge Mountain country, just south of Asheville, North Carolina. Our venue is REEB Ranch, which is owned by Oskar Blues Brewing Company, and comprises beautiful fields for our vendors, training areas, and camping and is surrounded by forested hills and hiking and mountain biking trails. We'll have day parking and a shuttle from the Oskar Blues Brewing Company in Pisgah. The region around Pisgah is an outdoor recreation mecca, and Asheville and Hendersonville (just 20 minutes away) are heaven for culinary and micro-brew aficionados. Before or after the show you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or head to the stunning Outer Banks to overindulge in seafood, climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and rest your hand on the rail from which the Wright Brothers launched their first Flyer at Kitty Hawk. 


Why buy a weekend pass?

If you’re not quite ready for the full Overland Experience package, do not imagine your time won’t be busy. A weekend pass (with or without camping) gets you access to over 200 vendors, a drive in a new Land Rover on a specially built course, test BFGoodrich tires, plus dozens of demonstrations, slide shows, films, and roundtable panels on worldwide travel. You can effortlessly fill three days—some guests tell us it takes them hours just to look through all the fascinating overland vehicles in the parking lot. And as always, kids 17 and under get in free to Overland Expo.


Why Overland Expo?

One word: Community. Of all the comments we get raving about the quality of classes, instructors, and vendors, one impression strikes people the hardest, and that is the people who come to learn, to teach, and to share. The Overland Expo has become a mandatory calendar event for travelers from all over the world, many of whom schedule trans-continental journeys to coincide with a West or East Expo, to see old friends and meet new ones. Those new to overlanding tell us again and again how welcomed they feel by this community whose reason for being, after all, is to explore, learn new things, and meet new people. It’s why our motto is: Overland Expo—where adventure begins and frindships last.

Auction alert! Bid on items and help the Change Your World Fund

Here is your chance to bid on high-quality overland equipment and help us raise funds for our Change Your World Fund, our project to inspire young people to get out and explore their world and make a difference while doing so. There is some great gear, at great starting prices!

From July 8 to July 18 the auction is live on eBay (you can also view them all one one page with live links, on this page at, or click on the "starting bid" items in the titles below):


Dometic Portable Fridge Freezer #CFX-50US 50 liter with Insulated Cover and Fridge Slide — $1000 value — starting bid $490

Bring the party to remote landscapes with this portable electric refrigerator and freezer which can hold up to seventy-two 12oz cans! Slide out storage platform supports up to 220lbs and tucks away easily when not in use. Runs on 120-volt AC, 12-volt DC or 24-volt DC power. Insulated cover helps keep food and beverages cool with minimal power use. Strong latches, handles and hinges are built to last. Adjusts from -8 degrees to +50 degrees from a soft-touch digital control panel. See more information on manufacturer's website here:


Barlow Adventures Gift Certificate —  $500 value — starting bid $250
Up for auction to support our Change Your World Fund is a $500 gift certificate to Barlow Adventures.  With locations in Sedona AZ,  Moab UT and California's Rubicon Trail, Barlow's Adventures provides training, rentals and trips that you will never forget. Barlow's stocks a fleet of custom built Jeep Wranglers for rent and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you to get out and back safely while having a great time and learning new skills.  Great for a family outing, 4wd training or a guided vacation adventure!


Nemo Wagon Top 4P Camping Tent — $500 value — starting bid $275

This spacious tent sleeps up to 4 adults comfortably, with a truly homey 6.5 foot standing room height! Nemo tents are designed to set up quickly and easily with innovative clip-to-pole design. Superior materials withstand strong winds and keep you warm and dry in wet weather.  See more information on manufacturer's website here:


MaxTrax Traction Devices — $300 value — starting bid $110

MaxTrax have built themselves a reputation as a must-have piece of kit for overlanders around the globe. Their patented design has been real world tested in sand, slush, mud and snow. Most recoveries are so easy, a single person can perform them. No extra vehicle or anchor point required, simply slide MaxTrax under your tires and drive out! Superior materials have been engineered to flex to accommodate a fully laden 4x4 in soft terrain. Their unique pattern grips the ground and tires so you can crawl out of the stickiest situations! See more information on manufacturer's website here:


Scala Rider PackTalk from Cardo Systems $330 value — starting bid $120

Scala Rider's new Packtalk communication system utilizes their patented Dynamic Meshwork Communication (DMC) to enable clear communication of up to 15 riders over a 5 mile range! DMC allows any rider to easily join and leave the conversation without any interruption in the signal. You may also set your PackTalk to Bluetooth mode, which can connect to other brands, for up to 9 riders within a 1 mile range.  Advanced battery technology allows up to 13 hours of talk time and can last up to 1 week in stand by mode. Scala Packtalk also utilizes advanced voice recognition for true hands free operation. It's waterproof and dust proof construction is build to last on or off the road! See more information on manufacturer's website here:


Triple Aught Design Meridian Cube Duffle — $425 value — starting bid $190

Everyone is talking about Triple Aught Design's perfectly engineered Transport Cube packing system and this durable duffel ties it all together. Space efficient enough to sit under an airline seat, while providing organized access for everything you could need. This duffel was designed to protect delicate electronics, yet comfortable to carry for long periods of time. See more information on manufacturer's website here:


Alpinestars Equinox X-Trafit Gloves (this will be a gift certificate) — value $150 — starting bid $70

Carrying multiple pairs of gloves is impractical, but finding everything you need in one pair seems impossible. You want waterproof for wet days, breathable for hot days, lightweight construction for sensitivity of the controls and durable armor if you lose control. Well look no further! Aplinestars X-TRAFIT gloves are crafted with their innovative new material and GORE-TEX membrane to provide all of the comfort and protection you need, whatever comes your way! See more information on manufacturer's website here:


COBB Grill (certificate to redeem) — $150 value — starting bid $70

Cook anything, anywhere! The easy to carry COBB Grill roasts, grills, bakes, smokes and fries fantastic food on the fly! Originally created for use in rural Africa, where electricity and gas are scarce, the COBB used dry corn cobs as fuel, hence the name. Now, utilizing some lightweight charcoal briquettes, you can create restaurant quality cuisine wherever you go. Stainless Steel construction with food grade Teflon is long lasting and easy to clean. The design keeps the base cool and prevents flare-ups for safe and healthy cooking.  There is nothing like a great meal in a beautiful landscape!      


Sam Manicom — Into Africa  — $20 value — starting bid $10 (two available, signed)

Sam Manicom's beautifully written books take you along with him on his eight year motorcycle journey which spanned 55 countries. Sam often wanders off the beaten path, meeting unusual characters and finding strange and exciting experiences along the way. His colorful writing style immerses you in the experience and you truly feel you are along for the ride! This book Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure covers his journey from the Channel Islands to Cape Town. See more information on the author's website here:

Photo Contest Winner: Million Star Hotel

Congratulations to Bavarian travelers Helmut Koch and Bea Höbenreich for their winning entry in the Overland Expo Photo Contest! They received $500 Expo Cash to spend at the show, which probably helped them re-new some much used gear after many years of continuous motorcycle travel. You can find more of their photography and stories at:

Join us for Gear & Beer night — Downtown Flagstaff, May 18th

Downtown Flagstaff gear retailers (MOUNTAIN SPORTS FLAGSTAFFBABBITT'S BACKCOUNTRY OUTFITTERSASPEN SPORTS, and PEACE SURPLUS) welcome Overland Expo on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 6-8 pm: stop in to shop for great gear, enjoy beer tastings from four Flagstaff breweries (WANDERLUST BREWINGDARK SKY BREWINGLUMBERYARD BREWING, and MOTHER ROAD BREWING). We will have a free shuttle around the downtown area.

Each retailer will have on display printed photos of the 8 finalists in our photo contest. Visit all four retailers to see all 8 images and then vote for your favorite!

The first 20 people at each location will receive a FREE day pass to Overland Expo! We will have a free shuttle going from the Courtyard Marriott to downtown several times during the evening. 

For more details and shuttle times, check out our Gear & Beer page.

8 Finalists Selected for the Overland Expo Photo Contest

The 8 finalists in our 10th Show Anniversary Overland Expo Photo Contest have been selected! There were 364 entries (thank you to everyone who submitted), which made narrowing it down to 8 a difficult task. 

These 8 finalists have a chance to win a Grand Prize of $500 in OVERLAND EXPO CASH to spend on adventure gear with our exhibitors. Winner will be announced at Overland Expo on Saturday, May 21st, 6 pm during happy hour at the main event tent.

The 8 images will be printed and on display at the Oasis and during happy hour Friday, May 20th. You can also see them at the gear shops during our Gear & Beer event in downtown Flagstaff on Wednesday, May 18th (see below for more information). 

We would like to congratulate the finalists:

Camping in Iran - Ray Hyland
Timeless - Matt Beaty
The Last Boat to Gilgit-Attabad Lake - Martin McGowan
Million Star Hotel - Helmut Koch
Little on a Big Adventure - Sedona Geistlinger
Lake Powell - Bob McNamara
New Years Under the Stars - Greg Beck
Caribbean Rest Stop - Clinton Logan

Now, head over to our voting page and add your vote. 

New T-shirt designs for Overland Expo 2016 WEST!

Looking for a sharp new t-shirt?  Available at the event and will be for sale online after the show. Comes in two color choices: green and tan and classic black and white. There will be sizes for everyone: XS-XXL. We'll have these for sale at the WEST show, so stop by headquarters during the show to get yours. (Designed by Becky Simmons.)