Have you ever heard of "Overlanding"? It's essentially describes the act of extreme camping to remote destinations where self-reliance is the top priority. With expedition-style vehicles, which includes both four-wheel-drive vehicles and specially-designed motorcycles, the journey itself is the point of the trip with exploration of remote areas a key component. It's not unusual for these types of travelers to be gone for weeks, months, or even years to places like the Australian Outback, Southern Africa, or criss-crossing North America.
Each year, with a lot of help from their primary publication supporting this activity, the Overlander Journal, the Overland Expo brings all these independently minded people and interested companies together for a weekend of shared stories and lessons. Companies selling completely self-contained cooking and sleeping trailers mix with solar cell makers and water filtration widgets, as well as big-time factory RV makers. The main attractions are the clinics and product exhibitions, specifically designed to teach and sharpen all the necessary skills every Overlander needs to have before they set out on their adventure.
This year's event was just south of Flagstaff, Arizona, backed up against the mountains, where both motorcycles and four-wheelers could enjoy the scenic backcountry terrain during outings continously held throghout the weekend. As you might imagine, the pickup truck (and chassis cab) and othe global heavy-duty platforms work quite well with this world-explorer's themed event. Companies like Toyota, Sportsmobile West, Mitsubishi, Jeep, and Ram Truck are quite popular with these enthusiasts.
No doubt they'll have an even bigger Overland Expo 2013 but they have yet to settle on a location. For photos and information, keep checking their website. In the meantime, if you want to see more photos, we've loaded a folder-full of images from the show on our Facebook page.