The other day I was asked by someone, “what is Overlanding?” I can certainly explain what it is,.. But, to the die-hard “Overlander” I may not personally have a lot of experience technically “Overlanding”, but I certainly have my share of Off-Road experience and adventure travel.
I started off-roading around 1996. I have been on many trips to places like the Rubicon, Moab, Trails in Central California like the Dusy Ershim Trail, Swamp Lake Trail etc. Several areas in San Diego like Los Coyotes Indian Reservation (now closed) and Coyote Canyon.
I had my own 4WD Pre-runner for years making many trips down & through Baja pre-running and racing in Off-Road races in Baja. Most of this type of activity is about the destination. That’s probably the biggest difference to Overlanding.
Here is some information I found on several websites with a brief overview on Overlanding, resources noted.
Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.
Overlanding has increased in the past couple of decades, and is getting ever more popular in large part influenced by the Camel Trophy event run from 1980 to 2000 with routes crossing some intensely difficult terrain. It is now quite common for groups of overlanders to organize meetings, and an annual meeting is held every Christmas at Ushuaia. Through the use of the Internet it is much easier to find the information required for extended overland trips in foreign lands and there are several Internet forums where travelers can exchange information and tips as well as coordinate planning. While some commercially built overland capable vehicles are produced, many overlanders consider the preparation of their vehicle a paramount part of the experience. Both South Africa and Australia have significant industries based on making accessories for overland travel.
by Scott Brady Photography by With Significant Contributions from: Jonathan Hanson (Executive Editor, Overland Journal. Co-founder, Overland Society. Elected Fellow, Explorers Club. Author, Backroad Adventuring) Douglas Hackney (Lost Continent Expedition. Editor-at-large, Overland Journal) Chris Scott (Author, Sahara Overland, Adventure Motorcycling Handbook) Published on August 5th, 2010
This article is a community-wide effort to best describe and define the terms and activities of “Vehicle-Dependent Expedition”, “Vehicle-Supported Overlanding” and “Backcountry Adventures”. The intent of this article and these definitions are not to judge if someone is actually achieving our definition of overland travel or vehicle-dependent expeditions, only to serve as a guide for more accurate use of the terms.
In a historical context, the term overlanding originated in Australia to describe the extreme distance covered during the cattle drives in the country. Overlanding can also be conducted on foot, by horse, by camel, etc. For the purpose of this article, the focus is on vehicle-dependent backcountry, overland and expedition travel. Read the rest over on expeditionportal.com >
Although I’ve done my fair share of “Rock Crawling”, It’s not really a goal anymore,.. I have no desire to go out looking for the most extreme trails, only to have someone break down and spend hours doing on the trail repairs. I’d much rather spend the time enjoying the adventure getting there,..
I currently own a stock 2000 Ford Excursion 4WD 7.3L Powerstoke limited. I plan on making this into a completely outfitted and capable Overland vehicle. I plan on doing many Backcountry Adventure type trips with the family. I will occasionally post stuff here on 316 Design.
See you out there,..
Here’s a mock-up of what we’re shooting for.