Overland West Expo

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Flagstaff, Arizona May 2018

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When I first rolled into the Ft. Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, AZ for the Overland West Expo with the Battlevan
I thought “Shit, this is a fuckton of people crammed together for an event that caters to people that like to get out in the middle of nowhere, as far away from people as they can get? This outta be interesting”

Overland Expo in style

I could have spent a few days just walking around the camping area checking everyone’s overloading rigs out. I did the best I could, but people…. so many people, I could only stand it for so long before I had to escape to my little safe-spot of earth my van was parked on.

Range Rover Heaven at the Overland Expo Doggie-style at the Overland Expo Taking a walk at Overland Expo

There was no shortage of Toyota 4Runners, Tacoma’s or Land Cruisers. Those guys were everywhere, and the majority of them were set up tight, complete with Tepui tents and even stand up bathhouse tents for showers and private morning rituals. Don’t worry, no one’s gonna look at your 53-year-old hairy ass, trust me, no one cares to see it.

Packin' it in at Overland Expo Overland Expo Heavy Duty Rubicon at the Overland Expo

A few of my friends were staying over in the motorcycle camping area and that was also jam-packed with adventure bikes with the top of the line tents and camping accessories. The Overlanding industry is alive and well and a stark comparison to other industry events I attend.

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Overland Expo Camping in style at the Overland Expo

The vendors were on display in full force and if you couldn’t find exactly what you needed to make your stay in the great outdoors all the more comfortable, then I’m afraid there is no pleasing you. Everything and anything you could possibly need was on hand, from tents, cooking stoves, wheels, lift kits, roof racks, solar panels, winch kits, camp chairs, knives, backpacks, and even clothing. This place is your one-stop overloading outfitter.

You see it all at the Overland Expo

There was also an area set up for OEM’s that allowed you to get behind the wheel and see for yourself the supreme handling capabilities each brand boasts about. The challenge courses weren’t all that challenging, but it wasn’t stopping anyone from having fun and giving it a go.

Lining up for something at Overland Expo

I think the part of the Overland Expo that is really appealing to the wider audience is the seminars. This allowed some of the “Newer to Overlanding” the opportunity to learn new techniques, and absorb stories and experiences. The seminars offer a really nice range for everything from basic land nav to dealing with the call of nature on longer trips, getting the most out of your fixed blade, cooking and even basic off-road driving techniques for both vehicles and motorcycles.

Relaxing at Overland Expo

The Overland Expo has two events each year, one on the west coast which happens late spring and one on the east coast that you can catch in the fall. Head over to their website for exact dates and locations.

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