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An Outback in the Outback

An Outback in the Outback

If you’ve been a fan of Central Overland for a while, then you know I can be a bit cynical about over-baked trucks and SUVs. Having every possible widget on the finest possible platform is simply not imperative to overland travel. (I hope you’ll humor me...
Camp Laundry

Camp Laundry

The thing that frustrates me the most about being away from home is the laundry situation.  I know deep down in my heart that being out in nature means getting grubby, but I really like wearing clean clothes – at least at the start of the day. Traveling also means...
Travel Vehicle Safety and Security

Travel Vehicle Safety and Security

This article is part of a series titled  Selecting the Perfect Overland Travel Vehicle. With more than 30,000 Americans killed each year in accidents, and with about $4 billion in losses reported annually to vehicle theft and break-in, it’s no wonder that safety...
Search and Rescue Advice – From the Flight Line

Search and Rescue Advice – From the Flight Line

Matt Palazzolo has about the coolest résumé in the world.  Since leaving Army aviation in 1994, and after spending a few years guiding rafting trips and snow skiing, Matt, 47, has been steering birds for media outlets, the U.S. Forest Service, and now, an air EMS...
Lust: Icon 4×4 FJ Series

Lust: Icon 4×4 FJ Series

Modern-retro. Retrograding. Retromodernification. Whatever you want to call it, it’s bad ass. Especially when ICON 4×4 is responsible. Just take a look at their FJ Series where they’ve resurrected the classic Toyota Land Cruiser and given it top of...
Basic First-Aid Kit Info

Basic First-Aid Kit Info

September is Preparedness Month, and what better way to be prepared than updating your first aid kit?  (Or, if you’re more like me, finally putting together a legitimate kit because you’ve never bothered with more than aspirin and some band-aids in a baggie before.)...
2014 Overland Expo

2014 Overland Expo

What Overland Expo is an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by motorcycle and vehicle. Held annually in Flagstaff, AZ, it is one of the world’s largest events for do-it-yourself travelers, and includes more...
Falling Boulder Nearly Crushes Car on Highway

Falling Boulder Nearly Crushes Car on Highway

This should leave no doubt who’s boss: Momma Nature, that’s who. Initially captivated by the stunning waterfall cascading from high above the McDonald’s sign, we were lulled into a false and quite temporary, “isn’t the rainstorm...
Clever: Charcoal as Dehumidifier and Deodorizer

Clever: Charcoal as Dehumidifier and Deodorizer

Summer is on its way out, but that doesn’t mean the end to humid sleeping quarters and stinky smells.  At best, they’re just delayed until next year.  At worst, this summer took its toll and you’re left with the perpetual reminders of mold, mildew,...
2013 Mountain Rendezvous

2013 Mountain Rendezvous

What This is our sort of traveler’s rally: laid back and unpretentious.  Now in its third year and growing rapidly, the Mountain Rendezvous stands to be one the biggest campouts you’ll ever attend, full of folks you’re bound to call friend by the...
Saturday Shoutout: West County Explorers Club

Saturday Shoutout: West County Explorers Club

West County Explorers Club This might be the best website you’ve never heard of.  I’m kind of afraid of even telling you about it because I’m worried you’ll all start going over there instead of here. (I say that only half-joking.  The WCXC is...
Insivity: Chris Burkard

Insivity: Chris Burkard

Can’t say enough about the skills of this dude.  He’s known as a unique visionary whose photography has the ability to catapult the viewer into the moment. At 26 years old, Chris has accomplished a style and composition all his own. In this visually...
U.S. Customs Crushes Land Rover Defender

U.S. Customs Crushes Land Rover Defender

I hope you’re not a fan of Defenders.  If so, you probably don’t want to watch this video. In Baltimore last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol sadly destroyed a Land Rover Defender 110 which it seized in April after discovering that it had been...
2013 Perseid Meteor Shower from Joshua Tree

2013 Perseid Meteor Shower from Joshua Tree

Just in case, like me, you missed last week’s annual passing of the Perseid, here is your get out of jail free card. Shot by a small crew of clinic participants and led by timelapse filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee (Evosia Studios), the assembled four minutes of...
Keys to Gauging Overlanding Vehicle Reliability

Keys to Gauging Overlanding Vehicle Reliability

This article is part of a series titled  Selecting the Perfect Overland Travel Vehicle.   Watching this really jogged my brain back into action on this series.  A half-million miles total, with about 125,000 of them off-pavement?  And not one significant...