22 APRIL 2016: Returned to Sedona for a weekend out on the trails with a Barlow Adventures Jeep. Started off on the west side with a relaxing run on Mingus Mountain, enjoying the perfect weather and some solitude in the backcountry.
17 APRIL 2016: Finished up the day with a review of the recovery options we will have on hand in Mongolia. While none of the Overland Experts expedition vehicles will be equipped with a winch, we will have hi-lift jack, static and dynamic straps, and Maxtrax on hand. The terrain should not be that challenging and hopefully we will not need to spend too much time on recovery in the field.
17 APRIL 2016: Day Two of training with the Overland Experts team focused on driving skills and contingency scenarios as we continued to review for Mongolia. The field exercises were supplemented with informal briefings on terrain and road conditions from team members who have already been working in-country.
16 APRIL 2016: A great weekend of training with the Overland Experts team at their CT facility was also an opportunity to meet some of the other members of the upcoming expedition. In addition to refreshing our off-road driving, convoy management and basic vehicle recovery skills, we were able to discuss the mission in greater detail, learn more about the proposed route, the vehicles and the work of the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, the NGO we will be supporting during this expedition.
Mission-specific training with Overland Experts at their purpose built facility in Connecticut for the upcoming Mongolia expedition…
Trail time and navigation exercises in the beautiful red rock country around Sedona, AZ…
COMING UP SOON:
Reconnecting with friends and meeting with potential partners for upcoming projects in Paris…
Joining the crew at Overland Expo West in Flagstaff for the annual event that brings overlanders together for a weekend of information sharing, networking, learning and fun. This years event runs from May 20-22 at the Mormon Lake venue …
Headed to Mongolia with the Overland Experts team on a mission to work with nomadic herders in the Gobi desert. The 12-person expedition team will be providing support for the The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, which aims to help save a way of life for the Mongolian nomads and at the same time protect a fragile environment …
ABOUT OVERLAND EXPERTS:
Overland Experts provides comprehensive training for the military, NGOs, aid organizations and industrial clients that need to operate across complex terrain in less than ideal conditions. Currently OEX has locations in Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina, each with purpose designed courses to train for different scenarios. Training is conducted across a variety of vehicle configurations, so that teams become familiar with a wide range of engine, transmission, and wheelbase combinations typical in different regions of the world.
MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
March – Long Island
February – California deserts
January – El Camino del Diablo
December – Long Island
November – New York
15-31 October – Moab
1-14 October – Vermont
September – Paris
August – Topless For Tatas
July – Rubicon Trail
June – Bantam Jeep Fest, PA roadtrip
May – Overland Expo, AZ roadtrip
April – Paris, Rausch Creek
March – Uwharrie
February – Back Home
January – Mauritania
The Gazelle Rally Recap
Detailed series on a solo scouting journey into some of the remotest backcountry around Moab. The six day 450-mile off-pavement trip into the Maze district of the Canyonlands National Park offers insight into the challenges of expedition planning… [read]
The first in a series of reports from our scouting trip in Mauritania takes and indepth look at the capital city of Nouakchott, and its fishing port… [read]