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Inukshuk
01-13-2014, 07:58 PM
A long time ago I put Overland Expo 2014 on my calendar with a reminder for January.

The event is Friday May 16 through Sunday May 19, in Flagstaff AZ

We'll convoy down, details to be determined, but depending on the will of the group we could do an overland route getting there. The most direct routes goes through Moab or Durango. Albuquerque is an option.

We'll camp onsite as a group. Ticket options include day passes or the "Overland Experience packages." I'll gather more information and post here.

I have never been, so if you have or are already planning to go, also post up!

http://www.overlandexpo.com/schedule-classes/

Below: Me in my FJ60 - 1999 - Southwest of Goblin Valley.

Caribou Sandstorm
01-15-2014, 10:44 AM
Ahh the Expo… I would do a day pass if I were considering a return visit. I think you could take in the essence of the event with a couple nights camping and one day pass. My experience was that it was kind of spendy for the value.

Robbie and I went to the first one back in 2009. Pretty cool to see all the vendors and interesting builds. The highlight for me was, standing in a circle listening to Tom Collins, Bill Burke, Robbie and Scott talk about Camel Trophy stuff, recent adventures, Trail Teams interaction, etc.. I was in awe of standing with some real life heroes of my new hobby.

Graham Jackson, one of the Overland Trainers and contributor to OJ, was very nice and friendly. I attended his presentation on GPS tracking.. It was more of an intro to what a full GPS class would be if you signed up for Overland Training. So a bit of a teaser.. Tom Collins had an essential gear seminar that was really cool. All he needs is a pelican case… Clearly I did not take head his appeal to minimalism.. But it makes you wonder.. Do I really need all this crap...

The camping with other vehicles was super fun. It looks as though the camping has improved over the years and could be fun to do again.

I signed up for the entire event in 2009, attended a few seminars but did not do the driving stuff because I already had a ton of one on one training that previous summer with Robbie/Woody and other events.

I have some pics posted on my smugmug from that year..

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Overland-Expo-April-2009/8171649_gmrZMZ#!i=533491054&k=g9jLrrs

If you had the time, it would be fun to try to get there say from Grand Junction to the event on as much dirt road, as possible.. That would be a fun thing to try and a good conversation over a camp fire in the parking lot of the event.

Rezarf
01-15-2014, 02:13 PM
I've always wanted to go, but my 40 and trailer would slow the group down considerably. I don't know if this is my year or not. If there is a lot of interest it might sway me to go. I think Jacket won like coolest guy at the event one year... :thumb:

Caribou Sandstorm
01-15-2014, 02:52 PM
He did win coolest guy, the year before the first expo, it was something to do with Overlanding and Math... So I think he is a Math/driving WIZ or something....:D

AxleIke
01-15-2014, 04:14 PM
Wow. That looks really cool. I will have to see if that will work, but it sure looks like fun.

Jacket
01-15-2014, 04:21 PM
Damn right I did.

Inukshuk
01-15-2014, 09:37 PM
I've always wanted to go, but my 40 and trailer would slow the group down considerably. I don't know if this is my year or not. If there is a lot of interest it might sway me to go. I think Jacket won like coolest guy at the event one year... :thumb:

Code for: Camp will be all set up for you when you arrive.

May have to borrow a Rising Sun banner for this one.

Old40Dog
01-15-2014, 11:30 PM
If you had the time, it would be fun to try to get there say from Grand Junction to the event on as much dirt road, as possible.. That would be a fun thing to try and a good conversation over a camp fire in the parking lot of the event.

I like Chris' idea! :camping: The trip down could possibly be as much fun as the event! Leave mid-day Thursday, drive fun route, take in the event Saturday and bolt home afterwards...:twocents:

I've always wanted to go, but my 40 and trailer would slow the group down considerably. I don't know if this is my year or not. If there is a lot of interest it might sway me to go.:

If we could all swing it, probably be at least 3 trailers in this group + other rigs...so not traveling too fast...believe me a 6,000lb + FJ80 and a trailer can move rather sslowly...especially uphill. :eek:

bh4rnnr
01-16-2014, 06:36 AM
Damn right I did.

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Inukshuk
01-16-2014, 09:06 AM
I like Chris' idea! :camping: The trip down could possibly be as much fun as the event! Leave mid-day Thursday, drive fun route, take in the event Saturday and bolt home afterwards...:twocents:

If we could all swing it, probably be at least 3 trailers in this group + other rigs...so not traveling too fast...believe me a 6,000lb + FJ80 and a trailer can move rather sslowly...especially uphill. :eek:

Or leave Wednesday and have Friday and Saturday at the event. Its an easy 2 day jaunt. Especially for a Diesel FJ80.

I'll get route planning.

AxleIke
01-16-2014, 10:02 AM
Do you get exiled to the uncool corner if you show up with regular camp gear? I don't have any Expo stuff. Just a tent and a sleeping bag and a regular coleman stove. :eek::eek:

Just kidding, but man, there are some cool rigs on there.

Rezarf
01-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Damn right I did.

Spy photo of the event.

Rezarf
01-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Do you get exiled to the uncool corner if you show up with regular camp gear? I don't have any Expo stuff. Just a tent and a sleeping bag and a regular coleman stove. :eek::eek:

Just kidding, but man, there are some cool rigs on there.

I'll have a seat open if I can swing it Isaac. You could that 40 seat time you've been craving. :D

Jacket
01-16-2014, 02:20 PM
Spy photo of the event.

LOL. You got some pretty good Photoshop skills for an ID major.....

Is that a blown FZJ motor in that racer?

Inukshuk
01-16-2014, 06:49 PM
Do you get exiled to the uncool corner if you show up with regular camp gear? I don't have any Expo stuff. Just a tent and a sleeping bag and a regular coleman stove. :eek::eek:

Tent and stove? I plan to sneak into the expo rigs at night, popcorn in the microwave and watch the bigscreen TVs :eek::eek::eek:

BritKLR
01-17-2014, 08:21 AM
This is cool!

We're attending this year aswell. We're a heading down as a vender so we'll have a 60 full of gear and camping supplies. We're thinking of doing the southern route, but I'll be interested to see what route you come up with.

Inukshuk
03-05-2014, 06:27 PM
50% off on day passes. I'm buying mine now.

https://conserventures.wufoo.com/forms/overland-expo-2014-day-passes-fb-tw-followers/

jonharis
03-05-2014, 10:07 PM
I'll be there to provide coverage for TCT Magazine. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

cruiseroutfit
03-05-2014, 10:36 PM
Most likely inski!

funkymonkey1111
04-29-2014, 09:49 AM
Hello--i'm new to overlanding--just bought a '94 Land Cruiser but haven't been able to join up with the Rising Sun group. I'm going to the Expo and will try to look you guys up in the camping area.

I too just have a regular tent and sleeping bag--nothing overlandy yet--that's why i'm going to the expo!

Inukshuk
05-04-2014, 05:34 PM
Just home from Cruise Moab (not even unloaded) and time to figure this out. I am thinking about making it a quicker trip and trying to drive a full car / truck down. Anyone interested in that idea?

Inukshuk
05-07-2014, 05:52 PM
Is anyone interested in Cruiser or carpool? This is not a wheeling trip and with time at a premium and poor fuel mileage, how about we fill my truck (dogs stay home), leave Thursday (10-11 hour drive) and return Sunday. Share driving and gas. I also have a line on free camping with some vendors. Not sure how much room, but we'll figure it out.

Alternatively, does anyone want to use their car for a carpool?

Caribou Sandstorm
05-14-2014, 01:18 PM
Did you get any takers for this event?

I have a buddy from SPC Light Racing that is heading down tomorrow from Farmington, Chris Hinds.

He is a good guy, drives a Jeep but still a good guy..;)

Anyway he is camping, he is either driving his white pick up with camper top or red older Rubicon jeep.

I can't make it this year but if your headed down there, I will have him look for you.

Are you driving your 80?