#008 – Reminiscing Overland Expo West 2016

#008 – Reminiscing Overland Expo West 2016

As this episode publishes, we are on our way to Asheville, NC to volunteer at Overland Expo East. We recorded this episode when we were preparing for our trip and reflect on our first Overland Expo experience in May 2016.
 

 

Episode Highlights:

  • First experience with Overland Expo at Morman Lake, AZ (Check out the link because we’re in their recap slideshow, at least our vehicle is. See if you can pick us out.)
  • Overland Expo is an event gathering of like-minded individuals who live and travel out of their vehicle, usually 4-wheel drive or motorcycle
  • Not an RV event
  • Learn more about the event by going to OverlandExpo.com
  • Huge event, 8-10,000 people!
  • Camped in a field with many other vehicles with roof-top tents
    • Neighbors
    • Got a lot of ideas from those around us on their set-up
  • WINDY event — never experienced that much wind at an event and camping
    • Bloverland became the event’s nickname
    • Anex room saved the tent
    • Only damage was small hole in mesh door of annex room
  • Event had huge vendor section
  • Classes available for all kinds of interests
    • Tactical Driving courses
    • Check out our recap blog post
    • Classes we sat in on:
      • Adventure Capital: Creating a lifetime travel fund with investment real estate & retirement planning, Johnathan Ehly & Carla King
      • 10 Easy Ways to Get More Out of Your Social Media, Aliza Sherman
      • Taking and Managing Your Photographs, Mike Endres
      • Knots and Hitches for Securing Gear to Roof-Racks & Trailers, Rusty Rice
      • Basics of Visual Storytelling, Dean Shirley
      • Wayfinding With Map and Compass, Charly Aurelia
      • On-Trail Communications: Getting beyond the CB radio, Bob McNamara
      • Less is More: What do you really “need” to bring on an adventure? Walt Wagner
      • Sponsorship: The ins and outs of finding funds for your adventure, Sam Manicom
      • Weather and Climate Knowledge for Expeditions, Michael Douglas
      • HAM Radio Equipment and Use Workshop, Scott Martin, Coconino Amateur Radio Club
  • Met some great people who we follow on YouTube
  • Toured Overland Expedition Vehicles
 
We had a fantastic time out West and will be going back for sure. Now…we are headed East for our overland adventure!
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