Introduction To Overlanding
October 15-16, 2016 – Backwoods Farm, Rumney, NH
Our last event was awesome and we’ve made some definite improvements and changes to make things even better. I’m really excited to be able to offer this course.
Proceeds to benefit Tread Lightly!
Choosing a vehicle: Buying a vehicle for a specific trip, understanding the limitations of your current vehicle, and making your current vehicle work for you.
Choosing your gear: Roof top tent, ground tent, sleeping inside the vehicle, fridges, lighting, meal prep, clothing.
Driving techniques: On road considerations, off-road techniques, how different countries will require a change to your driving style, load out, lockers, Low-range, 4×4, ground clearance, how skid plates and sliders change your off-road actions, more.
Tires: Why the BFG KO2 in 255/85/16 and run at 31.5psi is the absolute best tire in all conditions, in all parts of the world, for every single vehicle ever made….Or maybe we will discuss why no one has found the perfect tire and the considerations you should make when choosing the right tire for your application. Also covered are tire pressures for on and off road, airing down for rough road or off-road travel, sidewall failures, patching/plugging a puncture, spare tire considerations, and more. This is a big topic.
Recovery techniques: MaxTrax, solo recovery, multiple vehicle recovery, safe winching, winch rigging for complex pulls, alternative solo recovery techniques, Hi-Lift jacks, recovery straps/rope, shackles, soft shackles, more.
Communication: Communicating in a country where you don’t speak the language, communicating effectively within the team, proper off-road spotting techniques, conflict management, dealing with bribes in foreign countries, border crossings, CB radios, HAM radio, FRS radio.
Navigation: Route planning, GPS devices, phone apps, mapping software, hard copy maps, where to sleep, where to shower.
Preserving and Securing access to the outdoors: How to keep lands open for overland use, how to secure future access, Tread Lightly!, talking with land owners, talking with police and other authorities, ensuring access for not only our generation but generations to follow.
This is a very personal and informal style of event while at the same time remaining structured. All instruction will be “small group” style and everyone will receive plenty of quality time with multiple instructors covering multiple topics. Outside of the structured courses, instructors will be available for one on one discussion and instruction as necessary/desired, mostly on day 2. There will be plenty of campfire discussion about experiences, gear, strategies, and more. Everything from off-road techniques, choosing the right vehicle for an overland adventure, which tire is the perfect tire (hint: there isn’t one), how to get away with not bribing foreign police, border crossings, etc.
Instruction will have a HEAVY focus on off-road or poor-road driving techniques and recovery. Hands-on courses/instruction will include Winching, Hi-lift Jacks, MaxTrax, Communication, Spotting, Recovery, Tread Lightly!, and more, all with overland usage scenarios in mind. This is not hardcore off-roading by any means. There will also be ample overland product discussion and limited product demonstrations. There will be a night time lighting comparison/demo/talk. We will discuss the different brands and styles of roof top tents, fridges, TIRES!, and all the other applicable overlanding gear. You will get to see several different setups in action and compare opinions and notes. We have NO AFFILIATION or dependence on vendors for this event so all reviews, insights, and information are completely impartial and based on real world experience from people who have used these products. We encourage everyone attending to allow others to check out your tents, fridges, bumpers, etc.
Start Location: Backwoods Farm, Rumney NH
Gates Open: 3pm Friday – Come and hang out, check out the property, get camp set up, and just relax for the day!
Official Start Time: 10am Saturday
Finish Location: Backwoods Farm, Rumney NH
Finish Time: 2pm Sunday with “open session” training available until 4pm.
Trail Difficulty:Suitable for ALL vehicles and skill levels!
Camping is available on site and it is included in your entry fee. There is plenty of room for tents and vehicle based camping. There is no power or water hookup but there are porta-potties on site. It will most likely get COLD at night, so be prepared for that.
Photos from the last Intro To Overland weekend: