By Marianne Hyland
The 2013 Northwest Overland & Touratech Adventure Rally saw roughly 500 overlanders convene in scenic Plain, Washington (27-30 June).
The weekend featured respected presenters and authors like Pablo Rey and Anna Callau (13 years traveling the world in their van and still going strong), Rene Cormier (5-year world rider), rider-training sessions by Puget Sound Safety Off Road, Kristina Hall (certified Land Rover instructor) and technical workshops by WARN, ARB, Just Differentials and Konflict Suspensions, to name just a few. Touratech and the Northwest Overland Society mapped and led many popular trail rides every day.
Of course, everyone’s favorite activity is always interacting with other overlanders and admiring each other’s set-ups. Present at the rally were Land Rovers, Jeeps, Unimogs, G-Wagens, Fords, Land Cruisers, Subarus, Suzukis, BMWs, KTMs, Triumphs, Yamahas and many more, each uniquely configured to meet the owners’ needs.
The presenting sponsor, Ex-Officio, welcomed all with cocktails as did rally partner, Touratech USA. A raffle draw was held each night with handsome prizes generously donated by vendors. Apart from those already named, other prizes came from Overland Journal, Expedition Portal, Mountain Khakis, Ortlieb, MetalTech, Filson, SOG, MSR, and more.
Folks left the rally happy with many already making plans to book their vacations for the same week next year to learn more, and re-connect with new-found friends.
We were lucky to have many photography-enthusiasts at the Rally who were willing to share their images with us. Below is just a sampling.
Above Images: Derek Thom
Above Images:Don Stephanian