|Photo courtesy of Scott Brady|
I have been fortunate enough to travel to the States for a work conference and to take a few days off to meet with Scott Brady from Expedition Portal and the Overland Journal magazine.. Scott kindly invited me to tag along with a group of keen overlanders from the Expedition Portal. The plan was to tackle an old trail on the outskirts of Prescott, Arizona. Our vehicle for the day was a Jeep Rubicon fitted with BFG mud terrains.
Disabled Explorers), the owner, kindly showed me the vehicle, with full disabled controls and a TV monitor connected to external cameras. These cameras would assist disabled drivers to enjoy the flexibility that overlanding offers without the need to exit the vehicle during difficult terrain.
In my opinion, this vehicle would make an excellent overlander for those interested in travel with families. the interior is large enough to modify to your needs and has enough space to provide sleeping arrangements for everyone.
1972 Land Rover Series III and thought that the Bronco would perform in a similar fashion to the Series. Unfortunately no comparison can be made. The V8 5L engine growls as you gently pressure the throttle. The automatic gearbox smooths the transition between the gears and the huge tyres roll effortlessly over the terrain. A fun vehicle to drive but probably not the best vehicle for an extended trip.
What impressed me even more than the three vehicles was the enthusiasm of the people for overland travel. This event, coordinated by Mark (a member of the Expedition Portal) attracted a group of like minded people. Not once during the day did any of the drivers attempt to move beyond the 'boundaries' of the gravel track, and the emphasis on tread lightly was taken seriously. It was good to see the type of people contributing to the Expedition Portal and their enthusiasm for overlanding and taking responsibility.
In summary, if someone asked me about using a Jeep Rubicon as an overland vehicle, I would have to say that it would be good option. Prepare and plan well and the vehicle would prove a comfortable, and practical vehicle for any trip.
Expedition Portal - a very useful forum covering all topics related to overland and adventure travel
Journal Overland - simply the best magazine available.
A quick thank you to Scott Brady for hosting me for the weekend, to Mark for leading the trip on Saturday; To Lance for the tour and drive of the Sportsmobile and to Todd for the drive in the Bronco.