ROADTRIPS

A selection of reports and special features from major roadtrips:

ROADTRIP: EL CAMINO DEL DIABLO

(Solo roadtrip on the border)

A solo trip on the infamous border trail from Ajo to Yuma provided a quick introduction to this remote corner of the Sonoran desert and the unique challenges of operating in the Arizona-Mexico border zone… [read]




OKEFENOKEE: OUT ON THE SWAMP

(Exploring the Okefenokee Swamp Wilderness)

The skies were still unsettled as I turned into the woods southwest of Folkston GA onto the access road for the Okefenokee Swamp. Dark clouds threatened high above the tall thin trees and the scent of pine was tinged with the smoky odor of fire … [read]




CHINCOTEAGUE: BARRIER EXPLORATION

(Exploring a barrier island)

The wind was sharp and blowing a cold mist that made it hard to tell if it was raining or not as I drove towards the beach on a very un-beach-like winter day. I was headed to a tiny strip of sand, a small barrier island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean… [read]




EXPEDITION: MONGOLIA

(A loop around the Gobi desert)

An epic 1,400 mile journey by a small international team into the timeless landscapes of the Gobi desert and beyond, to meet with nomadic herders and provide support to The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project (MBDP) … [read]




ROADTRIP: INTO THE MAZE

(A solo scouting journey in the Moab backcountry)

A detailed series on a solo Jeep trip into the Maze district of the Canyonlands National Park. The six day 450-mile journey almost completely off pavement offered insight into the challenges of one of the most remote places in the continental U.S… [read]



REPORT: MAURITANIA

(Scouting the Sahara in Mauritania)

An in-depth series direct from the Sahara desert in Mauritania with background information on the route and waypoints as well as description of the two-week independent overland journey through this part of the Sahara and the challenges faced along the way… [read]



GAZELLES: THE DESERT’S FIRST CHALLENGE

(Putting our skills to the test in Morocco)

The second installment in a series of reflections detailing our personal experiences during the 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco — a unique and amazing journey across the Sahara… [read]




GAZELLES: THE LONG ROAD TO THE RALLY

(Our journey to the starting line in Morocco)

Just getting to the rally was a challenge. We had started the process of “becoming Gazelles” a full year before the event. Prospective Gazelles have to raise funds, train, organize logistics and overcome personal barriers to make it to the starting line… [read]




GAZELLES: RALLY RECAP 2014

(Detailed daily accounts of the rally)

In 2014, Team 171 USnomads successfully completed the 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco from 16-30 March. This complete report includes day-by-day descriptions of each leg of an amazing adventure — 160 female teams crossing the desert completely off-road with only a map and a compass to find the way…… [read]



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