Overland Journal at 2008 Expedition Trophy

The staff of Overland Journal enjoyed five days in the west-central Arizona desert near Wickenburg last week at the 2008 Expedition Trophy, an event started a few years ago by publisher Scott Brady and editorial director Chris Marzonie.

Thirty attendees spent two days in “overland classrooms” learning everything from tire repair – taught by Adventure Trailers’ Martyn Davies – to first aid to 2M radio skills to global overlanding tips on documentation and conservation / culture (taught by Overland Training instructors). Then for two days they tested their skills in teams and individually on a navigation challenge course, sand driving, getting un-stuck, and various other skills. Sponsors included Equipt Expedition Outfitters, Adventure Trailers, Sierra Expeditions, Overland Journal, Overland Training, DeLorme, Silva, and Jetboil.

Twelve people from the new Overland Society organized and taught the event. Here are some of our favorite highlights from camp, class, and course:

A pinnacle pair: Overland Journal contributor Andrew Moore’s beautiful Land Cruiser Troopy (which has an LP conversion), followed closely by my ‘new’ FJ60 with its 3.0L turbo-diesel from TLC. 



Africa editor and director of Overland Training Graham Jackson and his wife Connie Rodman set up their Defender 110 – which has taken them from London to Cape Town and will be seeing them across Australia as well.


My FJ60 at my camp with Jonathan – testing out the Black Pine Turbo Tent:


Checking in after the Navigation Challenge (medical column editor Ed Beggy gets the details; Scott Jensen, who has written on 2M radios for Overland Journal, shows one of the DeLorme units provided to each participant). 

Tackling sand driving with a very nice Defender 90.


Martyn Davies of Adventure Trailers taught the essentials of repairing tires in the field – from stitching up a sidewall to plugging to breaking and resetting a bead.


And finally, my traveling overland bar – a vintage set found on eBay for $8:



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