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Overland Roundtable - Overland Travel in a Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Land Rover or on an adventure bike

The Overland Roundtable is a panel discussion that focuses on topics relating to those of us who explore the world. If the journey is more important than the destination and your travel revolves around the vehicle you drive, then this is the show for you! The discussion each session will be focused on a single topic and you'll hear thoughts and experiences from panel members with years of experience.
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Mar 6, 2017

On session 9 of the Overland Roundtable, we discuss a topic that we have all dealt with but maybe not given much though; when to change plans.  There frequently comes a time during an adventure that we have to make a decision.  We can either act sensibly or push on and conquer whatever lies in front of us.  Pushing on can be the first idea in a string of bad decisions.  The Overland Roundtable panel gets together to discuss their lessons learned, give some recommendations, and share some stories surrounding the tales of when we altered course...or should have.

We mentioned some other links that you might find helpful or interesting.  

  • Brandon mentioned using the Garmin maps to identify public vs private land.  A blog post from Garmin regarding their mapping that would serve this purpose can be found here.
  • Dan mentioned onXmaps as a cross platform mapping product that can also help differentiate public and private land.  This may have been mentioned on a past session by someone in the audience, but its worth mentioning again.
  • Brandon also mentioned a book titled Beetle Drive by Fiona Easterby as inspiration to get out and explore using whatever means you have available.  

 

Our guest panelist this session is Jason Hamasu ("J" on here since Jason Spect is on the show) from Outlaw Xpedition Overland (OX Overland, formerly Oregon Trail Overland).  Jason and his team just recently finished their adventure that retraced the Oregon Trail from finish to start; a trip that was more than two years in the making.  

 

 

 

Flashback 3 years ago, almost to the day. This is where it all began. Jays #f150 and my other #fordranger. It's been a long crazy road thus far: from the team changing, to different rigs, bearing a New Name with a New Purpose. What started off as two kids skateboarding and pushing against the grain, has become two brothers planning and executing these Historic expeditions in contrast to what "Overlanding" really is. We are Purpose driven. The goal is as much The destination as it is the Journey. Somehow we found a way to push against this grain as well....And we're proud of our path and where it has led us. Thanks to ALL OF YOU who support our craziness. Click link in bio to watch episode 16 as the brotherhood of 5 guys begins to unfold along the Oregon Trail. ------- #OXoverland #OutlawXpeditions #AmbassadorsOfAdventure #conquerthetrail #offroad #wewillbefree #optoutside #exploremore #exploretheworld #welivetoexplore #neverstopexploring #offthebeatenpath #forgeoverland #overland #expedition #overlanding #myoverlandadventure #adventuretime #lifeofadventure #americanadventurist #roadlesstraveled #anywhereispossible #travelphotography #thegreatoutdoors #overlandcommunity #documentaryseries #brothers #flashbackfriday @warnindustries @arb4x4 @gsioutdoors @spartanrope @scrubbladewipers @blackpeaksupply @offthegridsurplus @krazybeavertools @borderland_trailers @stoutewebsoln @outer_limit_supply @americanadventurist @tractionjack

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Also on the show is Jason Spect, one of our regular contributors.  Check out Jason and his Mountain State Overland videos at http://www.mountainstateoverland.com/

 

Taylor Adney joins us, as usual from Overland Textile Co. Pick up some awesome overlanding related swag at OverlandTextile.com

 

Camp on the first night of our trip with the @lonestaroverland crew a couple weekends ago! We stayed at the tip of Signal Mountain and it was very windy, so we snuggled up against the pines for a bit of a wind break. . www.overlandtextile.com . #overlandtextileco #overland #overlander #overlanding #overlandcommunity #overlandfamily #rooftoptent #rtt #rooftoptentlife #tepui #teamtepui #toyota #4runner #toyota4runner #oklahoma #travelok #exploreoklahoma #outdooroklahoma #outdoors #nature #camp #camping #glamping #pinetree #ouachitas #explore #adventure #offroad

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Brandon Libby can be found writing new articles from his headquarters in Wyoming on Expedition Portal, Overland Journal, and many other fine locations on the web and in print.  Brandon's latest side project has exploded with popularity, Overland Kitted.  
 

Left? Or right? #overlandkitted

A post shared by OK (@overland_kitted) on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:53am PST

 

Lastly, Dan from The 4x4 Podcast, can be found exploring Alaska and on The 4x4 Podcast.  

 

 

Sep 26, 2016

On this session of the Overland Roundtable, Dan shares an interview that he did with the group known as Via PanAm.  The group is running from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina on foot!  590 marathons!  The audio quality isn't as good as usual and the format for the show is different.  But at any rate, its a great story involving overland travels that is worth the listen.  

Cheers and see you next time, at the Overland Roundtable!

Jun 9, 2016

In this session our guest panelists include Laud Maroney from Texas Overland and Chris from Lone Star Overland.  Chris and Laud have extensive experience exploring in and around the state of Texas and bring a wealth of knowledge to the roundtable.  They are both based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area so if you're in that area be sure to link up with them for some adventures.  Even if you're just planning a trip through their area, shoot them a message.  There's nothing better than getting to know an area with someone (or a group) that really knows an area.

 

Some of the areas that were recommended to explore are:

 

Big Bend 

 

Palo Duro

 

Katemcy Rocks

 

Hill Country and Enchanted Rock

 

 

Mar 23, 2016
On this session of the Overland Roundtable we discuss some philosophies and tools that people use when planning trips of less than a month.  We are focusing on trips that are less than one month long because once a trip takes on that magnitude, the process and tools change a bit.  On this session we have two guest panelists and both were discovered in the discussion thread on one of our favorite forums, American Adventurist.  If you’d like to continue the discussion, then go ahead and jump in and share your mind with the other American Adventurist fans.  Lets introduce our guest panelists.
 
 
Raul Banuelos from Xpedition Outfitters.  Xpedition Outfitters is an online retailer that sells a wide range of gear that you would find useful on your offroad and overland travels.  Xpedition Outfitters sells offroad bumpers, roof top tents, recovery gear, roof racks, interior accessories, gas cans, awnings and camping gear.  Raul enjoys shorter camping in the southern California and Nevada areas with his family because that simply works better for his current stage of life.  Raul has quite of few projects going that were not discussed on this show but I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing him back on future sessions of the roundtable or The 4x4 Podcast. 
 
 
Mike Learey from the American Adventurist website lives in the Dallas area and frequently explores the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas areas with his family.  Mike is a wealth of knowledge in the offroading world and freely imparts his knowledge on the American Adventurist forum.  You can usually find him all over the site and is always friendly.  Be sure to head over to the American Adventurist and participate in the discussion.
 
 
Regular Panelists:
 
 
Dan Cole: Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL. Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast
Instagram: @the4x4podcast
Twitter: @the4x4podcast
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast
 
 
Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on:
Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) 
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures
Facebook:  http://facebook.com/overlandadventures 
 
 
Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad
Instagram: Instagram.com/intentsoffroad
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/intentsoffroad
 
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Jan 26, 2016

On session 5 of the Overland Roundtable, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various camp setups that are popular amongst overland travelers. The rooftop tend is a trendy, and expensive, accessory but it may not be right for you.  The ground tent is widely accessible but has some characteristics that may not be well suited a long trips or wet environments.  We had the pleasure of having Matt Henwood from Main Line Overland join us to discuss his expertise with Four Wheel pop-up campers.  Four Wheel Campers slide into a pickup bed and transform your truck into an offroad ready camper with all the creature comforts you can imagine. 

 

Guest Panelist: Matt Henwood from Main Line Overland

Matt Henwood serves as MLO's President, and has a deep passion for overlanding since it blends two loves: motor sports and the great outdoors. An SCCA enduro race driver, off-road rally enthusiast, and motorcyclist, Matt also enjoys rowing, hunting, fly fishing, hiking with his wife Kristen and their dog Gunner, and exploring new areas of the world whenever possible. Expeditions in various modes of travel include: Utah, Colorado, Vermont, Maine, Alaska, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Alberta, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Iceland, Europe, and South Africa. He has a rich automotive background, from restoring English classics, German sports cars, and American hot rods, to classic and modern 4×4s and motorcycles. He's also an experienced welder and fabricator of many of MLO’s custom products. Matt holds an MBA in marketing.

Matt works closely with customers to help make their overland dream vehicles come to life, and is also in charge of Four Wheel Campers and Adventure Trailers sales for MLO. In addition Matt also heads up planning for the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival, which is hosted by MLO.

Regular Panelists:

Dan Cole: Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL. Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast

Instagram: @the4x4podcast

Twitter: @the4x4podcast

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast

 

Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on:

Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures

Facebook: www.facebook.com/overlandadventures

Brandon Libby: Brandon Libby: Drives a 2 door JK Wrangler and a 2013 Pro4x Nissan Xterra. Has been into off-roading and overlanding for about 5 years. Contact Brandon at expeditionportal.com and search Brandon Libby. Also on Google+, Facebook, Twitter all under the same name.

Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad

Instagram: Instagram.com/intentsoffroad 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/intentsoffroad

 

Watch the full video of the session here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht1zm-xHHkg 

 

 

Nov 18, 2015

Session 4 of Overland Roundtable is all about trail communications. Along with the usual suspects which make up the panel, we have a returning guest Ben Beierwaltes and a new guest Tom Severin; both who have extensive knowledge of HAM radio and communications. Some of the key topics include:

  • Talking about FRS radio
  • CB radio
  • UHF radio
  • HAM radio
  • SPOT and Delorum Inreach
  • Antenna selection
  • Using repeaters for extended coverage
  • The functions of HAM radio beyond voice communication
  • The components needed for a radio setup
  • License types and which one is best for you

 

Panelists:

Dan Cole: Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL. Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast

Instagram: @the4x4podcast

Twitter: @the4x4podcast

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast

 

Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on:

Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures

Facebook: www.facebook.com/overlandadventures

Brandon Libby: Brandon Libby: Drives a 2 door JK Wrangler and a 2013 Pro4x Nissan Xterra. Has been into off-roading and overlanding for about 5 years. Contact Brandon at expeditionportal.com and search Brandon Libby. Also on Google+, Facebook, Twitter all under the same name.

Jason Spect: Driving a 2013 Toyota Tacoma and a 3rd Gen Toyota 4runner. Been into Overland travel for about 7 years, part of a team called Mountain State Overland. Can be found at mountainstateoverland.com and on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msoverland

Instagram: @msoverland

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFf8PTHJTZwtMWLfFkAkS4w


Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad

Instagram: Instagram.com/intentsoffroad 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/intentsoffroad

Guests:

Ben Beierwaltes: Ben is one of the guys behind Rocky Mountain Overland. He drives a JK Jeep Rubicon but has a good variety of vehicle makes and models in the group. You can find Ben at rockymountainoverland.com

Tom Severin

Tom is a certified four wheel drive trainer and offers training and 4x4 adventures through Badlands Offroad Adventures. Take a look at the website; www.4x4training.com

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

The Outdoor Adventure USA website; official website for the OA USA radio net. www.oausa.net

 

Sep 5, 2015

 

On session 3 of Overland Roundtable we are talking everything trailers. While a couple of our core panel members are missing this week, we have Jason Barr from Okie Built Trailers bringing some extra knowledge to the table. Some of the topics covered include:

 

  • Choosing a trailer

  • The pros and cons of owning an expedition trailer

  • Trailer size and weight considerations

  • Different styles of trailers and their features

  • Trailer hitch variations

  • Chassis and suspension options

  • Matching stud patterns to tow vehicles or carrying extra spares

  • Space and storage designs

  • Approximate costs for certain trailer builds

  • Water storage & shower systems

  • Battery and power systems

 

To see more of the trailers mentioned in this session, check out these links:

 

Dan’s expedition trailer build thread: http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/139371-The-4x4-Podcast-Expedition-Trailer-Build-Journal?highlight=4x4+podcast

 

Alex’s trailer rebuild blog posts: http://intentsoffroad.com/retro-trailer-rebuild-part-1/

 

Okie Built Trailers: https://okiebuilttrailers.com/

 

To share your thoughts, ask any questions or show off your own trailer build; send an email to overlandroundtable@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OverlandRoundtable

 

 

 

Panelists:

 

Dan Cole: Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL.  He is also in the middle of building an offroading camping trailer that will be used to tackle the ALCAN highway on a journey from Kansas City, KC up to Fairbanks, AK.  Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast

 

Instagram: @the4x4podcast

 

Twitter: @the4x4podcast

 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast

 

 

 

Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group recently formed called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on:

 

Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) 

 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/overlandadventures

 

 

 

Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad

 

Instagram: Instagram.com/intentsoffroad 

 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/intentsoffroad

 

Guests:

 

Jason Barr. Jason and Okie Built Trailers can be contacted through okiebuilttrailers.com and on the following:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okiebuilttrailers

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/okiebuilt/

 

 

 

Okiebuilttrailers.com

 

overlandroundtable@gmail.com

 

 

May 24, 2015

On session two of Overland Roundtable we are discussing vehicle selection. Our 5 core panel members and two guests talk about whether a wagon or a pickup is better, choices in suspension and tyres and go into the big dollar expedition rigs. Here’s who we have on the Overland Roundtable this week:

 

Panelists:

Dan Cole: Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL.  He is also in the middle of building an offroading camping trailer that will be used to tackle the ALCAN highway on a journey from Kansas City, KC up to Fairbanks, AK.  Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast

Instagram: @the4x4podcast

Twitter: @the4x4podcast

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast

 

Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group recently formed called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on:

Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures

Facebook: www.facebook.com/overlandadventures

 

Jason Spect: Driving a 2013 Toyota Tacoma and a 3rd Gen Toyota 4runner. Been into Overland travel for about 7 years, part of a team called Mountain State Overland. Can be found at mountainstateoverland.com and on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msoverland

Instagram: @msoverland

Youtube:

 

Brandon Libby: Drives a 2 door JK Wrangler and a 2013 Pro4x Nissan Xterra. Has been into off-roading and overlanding for about 5 years. Contact Brandon at expeditionportal.com and search Brandon Libby. Also on Google+, Facebook, Twitter all under the same name.

 

Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad

Instagram: Instagram.com/intentsoffroad 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Pw9gbXhykd0xXHKYyV83g

 

Guests:

Ben Beierwaltes: Ben is one of the guys behind Rocky Mountain Overland. He drives a JK Jeep Rubicon but has a good variety of vehicle makes and models in the group. You can find Ben at rockymountainoverland.com

 

Matt Frick: Matt runs operates guided off road expeditions in Baja, bring your own rig and he’ll show you around. Matt drives an 83 Ford Bronco and can be found at www.camp4lo.com as well as:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/camp4lobajatours

Instagram: Instagram.com/camp4lo

Twitter: twitter.com/camp4lo

 

Links:

Pickup vs Wagon: http://expeditionportal.com/head-to-head-wagon-or-pickup/

Alaska Off-road Warriors: http://www.history.com/shows/alaska-off-road-warriors

Adventure Driven’s Lexus GX470: http://expeditionportal.com/featured-vehicle/

Global Expedition Vehicles: http://globalxvehicles.com/

Desk To Glory on Instagram: www.instagram.com/desktoglory 

 

 

Apr 22, 2015

In this first episode of Overland Roundtable, we focus on introducing each of the 5 core panel members, and discuss the definition of Overlanding according to Wikipedia and what it means to each of us. The panel consists of the following people in the order which they appear on the show:

 

Dan Cole:  Dan explores in his 1999 Jeep Cherokee 2dr and 2007 GMC Yukon XL.  He is also in the middle of building an offroading camping trailer that will be used to tackle the ALCAN highway on a journey from Kansas City, KC up to Fairbanks, AK.  Find Dan at www.the4x4podcast.com and also:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the4x4podcast

Instagram: @the4x4podcast

Twitter: @the4x4podcast

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/the4x4podcast

 

 

Taylor Adney: 1993 Toyota 4runner, outfitted for overland travel. Part of a group recently formed called “The Overland Adventures” which can be found on Instagram (@theoverlandadventures) and on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/theoverlandadventures

 

Jason Spect: Driving a 2013 Toyota Tacoma and a 3rd Gen Toyota 4runner. Been into Overland travel for about 7 years, part of a team called Mountain State Overland. Can be found at mountainstateoverland.com and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msoverland

 Instagram: @msoverland

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFf8PTHJTZwtMWLfFkAkS4w

 

I spy...adventure #whereswaldo #explore #protect #overland #appalachia @blueridgeoverlandgear @outdoorx4

A photo posted by Mountain State Overland (@msoverland) on

A photo posted by Alex Garner (@intentsoffroad) on

 

 

Brandon Libby: Drives a 2 door JK Wrangler and a 2013 Pro4x Nissan Xterra. Has been into off-roading and overlanding for about 5 years. Contact Brandon at expeditionportal.com and search Brandon Libby. Also on Google+, Facebook, Twitter all under the same name.

 

 

Alex Garner: 1999 Nissan Patrol, has been an overlander most of his life. Runs the Intents Offroad blog which can be found at intentsoffroad.com and on:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intentsoffroad

 Instagram: (@intentsoffroad) 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Pw9gbXhykd0xXHKYyV83g

 

Other Mentions:

 

Wikipedia Definition of Overlanding:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overlanding

 

First Overland book on Amazon:

 

 

Voicemail number for feedback:  904-600-3478

 

Email address for feedback:  overlandroundtable@gmail.com

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