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..
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.