Announcing the RawHyde Training Giveaway WINNER: Gary Kibbee!

Congratulations Gary!

Gary Kibbee is the grand prize winner for the RawHyde Training Giveaway package, including a weekend at RawHyde's Adventure Training facility, motorcycle rental, and a two day adventure to Base Camp Alpha; and he get's outfitted with new gear: a Nexx XD1 Baja Helmet and REV'IT! Tornado 2 Riding Suit. 

Here's what Gary had to say:

"After several years of reading articles and dreaming about getting to an Overland Expo, the stars finally aligned last October in North Carolina. I was working in Virginia and I also had the week off. I started my Overland Education with my uncle in 1965. My uncle purchased a 1964 four wheel drive and put a winch on it and we set off around the mountains of Northern California see what it could do. No one had 4-wheel drive in those days. At 16, I got my first motorcycle (a 1966 Honda S90) and set about adding a larger rear sprocket, raised exhaust, and knobby tires and was off. After entering and finishing my first enduro I realized I needed another bike. Then followed Butacos, 441 Victors, etc. The military gave me chances to improve and practice my off-roading and to start to see some of the world and to live and travel in different cultures. My last several years have been on the road and a well traveled Harley and a 4-wheel drive Dodge truck have been the valiant steeds.

Arriving at the Expo was like going to Disneyland at 6 years old. I was expecting hassles a the entry point because I had about 50 pieces of paper and bad organization. Registration proved effortless. As I pulled my Jetta station wagon in-between a very nice VW Syncro and a Subaru complete with winch and roof top tent, I knew there was more fun to come. I guess my overall favorite thing was the people. The guy who rode up from Florida on his KLR, the axe instructor that played with the kids for hours in a little pit they built from fencing, and the instructors that truly loved what they did and showed no hesitation when I had to ask for a second or third explanation. The vendors seemed to have every piece of gear I had salivated over or seen in the hundreds of articles I have read while flying 60+ days a year. Just when you think it can't get any better, you pick the new Land Rover of your choice and take (with adult supervision) on the off road course. If you are good you can get back to the motorcycle area and get on a new BMW and take a spin before hitting the the evening presentation. 

Thank you all for the hours of dedication I know it must take to pull this all together. With all the cool people you know you must have some great Chrismas parties.”

 ~ Gary Kibbee

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.

Plan your Overland Expo in tandem with the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous

Overland Expo is proud to work closely with American Adventurist on promoting overland training and travel.

Heading to Overland Expo EAST? Plan a week of adventure by combining the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous with Overland Expo—a week of training and a week of exploring, what more could you ask for?

First, head out to the Rendezvous for a weekend of sharing and exploring with like-minded friends at the Uwharrie Off Road Training Center (UORTC) in central North Carolina. This event is scheduled for 25-27 September 2015—the weekend before Overland Expo EAST.

Then, Appalachian Rendezvous attendees may stay on the UORTC property FREE OF CHARGE between the Rendezvous, which concludes Sunday the 27th, and the start of the Overland Expo 2015 EAST in Asheville, NC, on Thursday, October 1, 2015. 

This close alignment of the two events will allow travellers 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” two boxes.

For information and to register for the Rendezvous, please visit:


WIN seriously great prizes for seriously great videos.

Enter for your chance to win:


I’m in! How do I enter?

>>> Record a video of yourself answering the questions below. Use a fancy-pants pro camera or your phone or your computer cam. Record it at your desk or on the rim of the Grand Canyon (please don’t fall in) — It’s the heart that counts so make the content good. (For tutorials, Google your phone or camera type to learn how to make movies with your device.)
>>> Enter using our Video Contest Entry Form.

Answer EACH of these 3 questions: 

Remember, we will pick the top five videos, and we are looking for heartfelt, quality responses.

  1. Who is your favorite exhibitor at an Overland Expo and why?
  2. What is the best or most important thing you’ve learned at an Overland Expo class or demo and why? 
  3. What does overlanding mean to you? (hint: this is the most important part)

Now for the details:

Q: Who can enter? A: Anyone, any age.
Q: What are the specs? A: Format needs to be MP4 or MOV; Production can be plain or fancy — it’s the thought that counts, think heart and soul
Q: What length? A: one minute or less (it’s longer than you think)
Q: Is there a limit? A: one video entry per person, but multiple people in one household can apply–even your kids, but make sure it’s their voice and thoughts.
Q: When is the deadline? A: Entries must be received by the end of business day July 13. That should give you time to think up some great stuff — maybe even shoot your video while out overlanding on the Fourth of July weekend.
Q: When do we announce winner? A:In the August Overland News

About the judges:

Overland Expo’s staff and our seriously great Training Team will judge the videos purely on how much they like the emotion, quality, honesty, and content. Jonathan indicates he is open to bribery if it involves sinfully expensive khaki clothing or pretty much any knife or flashlight. To meet our judges please see here.

The fine print:

Winning videos will be used (in part or full) in an upcoming promotional video for Overland Expo 2015 EAST and Overland Expo 2016 WEST. Winners will be named in the credits, and all rights to the video will be assigned to Overland Expo LLC for marketing purposes.

Overland Expo offers discount for military service attendees

Now available for Overland Expo 2015 EAST!

As a way to say thank you, Overland Expo offers a 20% discount for active or recent (within 18 months) military service.  

Please visit for information about the show. 

For Overland Experience registration and the link to fill out a military discount request form, please visit:

New program highlights for Overland Expo WEST 2015

Contemplating your first Overland Expo, or your sixth?

In either case, the only problem you’ll face is narrowing down your choices from over 170 classes, demonstrations, and programs available to Overland Experience full-package registrants at Overland Expo WEST (May 15-17, 2015 outside Flagstaff). The Overland Expo training team continues to refine and add to the ways attendees can learn new skills or brush up on those already mastered. 

Just a few of the offerings that excite us for 2015:

Long our own choice in all-terrain tires and now a sponsoring co-host of the Overland Expo. BFG’s engineers will be teaching tire selection and basic repair, and will have demo vehicles to drive so you can compare tread patterns directly.

Taught by professional photographer Alan Lemire. If you’ve ever wondered why your photographs don’t convey the beauty of what you remember, Alan will teach you how to bring your memories to life. Friends will never be bored by your slide shows again.

Learn how an open differential works and how a locker can increase your vehicle’s capability and safety in the backcountry.

From deep-water crossings to cross-axle problems to failed hill climbs, our advanced driving modules will prepare you to handle any situation safely and successfully.

What if you could create an investment portfolio that could give you the funds to travel as much as you like? Learn how from someone who did it.

Tiffany Coates, globe-circling motorcyclist and guide, leads this class for women who want to travel confidently on their own.

Want to know which tools to bring and how to fix your bike when it breaks on the road? Erik Stephens of Twisted Throttle will show you.

There is much, much more than this. Register now to ensure the very best selection of the most popular classes.

Announcing Overland Expo EAST

It's been six years since the first Overland Expo was held in central Arizona, and each year it has grown and this year the growth is so big that we realized it's time: Overland Expo EAST.

That's right, we're gearing up for our first show east of the Mississippi: 

October 3-5, 2014 just a few miles from Asheville, North Carolina.

Why East? Demand. Although many people do traverse the country (and the world!) for the now famous WEST show, we realize that so many more just don't have time. We've been begged so often we realized it's just time.  

Why Asheville? Location, location, location. A day's drive from NYC, the Capitol, Florida, and much of the Midwest. In the heart of Appalachia, just off I-40, it's surrounded by the Great Smokey Mountains and is an outdoor paradise much like northern Arizona. Asheville, like Flagstaff, is funky and fun and full of great food and breweries. Did we mention breweries? Like northern Arizona, it's full of diverse cultures, a crossroads and a melting pot.  We've reserved the entire Taylor Ranch in Fletcher, a lovely family-owned farm with beautiful mature hardwood trees, ponds, creeks, ducks, horses, rolling hills and lots of grass. Did we mention grass?

Why October? Beautiful fall weather and the trees should just be starting to turn color.

What will it be like? Land Rover and RawHyde Adventures are both on board to bring top-notch training to our attendees. Graham Jackson, Duncan Barbour, and Andy Dacey are back on board to run the whole program of offerings that attract so many highly qualified customers for you. Like Overland Expo WEST, it's an all-outdoor venue. We opt for beautiful surroundings and the top-quality community experience. 

Please mark your calendars and let us know if you are interested. 

We'll have registration for attendees open soon, and we will be developing materials, pricing, and sponsorship structures for exhibitors over the next few months. Sponsorships will be on a competitive basis due to high demand. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in the beautiful North Carolina mountains in October 2014!