Monday, June 3, 2013

Report: Sydney Overland Meetup

How do you recover an overland prepared Land Rover Defender from a muddy river?
Sounds easy, doesn't it?  Well, how do you recover it when the clutch plate has disintegrated and the vehicle has no gears?

Hosted by Daniel (Expedition Centre), the 1st Sydney Overland Meetup attracted a like-minded bunch of overland enthusiasts who were keen to hear the stories, like the one above, from fellow overland travelers.

David Priddis was our first guest speaker.  He is a veteran overlander having completed a trans-Africa (Defender 200Tdi) and recently Asia and The Americas in his Land Rover Defender TD5.

David spent the next 90minutes sharing his various travel stories, tips and vehicle preparation.
An edited version of David's talk is available as an MP3 download - David Priddis Talk
David Priddis - Overland Meetup

Joining us for the evening were a group of like minded individuals, all passionate about extended overland travel.   I had a number of interesting conversations: Matt and his overland trip from London to Russia ; Douglas and his motorbike adventures in Morocco ;
Paul & Sophie and their plans for a transcontinental trip from Sydney to London (with the family) and Michael & Judy, who depart in October for Africa.  Conversation was easy as the topic of overland travel is such a broad topic that one evening does not do it justice.

The next Sydney Overland Meetup:

We will be hosting a few more interesting guest speakers over the next few months. 
Expedition Centre - Sydney

Please contact me (or join the Overland Live mailing list) if you would like to be informed about the next few sessions we have planned:
  • Dr Tiffany Jones on Expedition Medicine
  • Matt (Land Cruis'n) on UK to Russia
  • Martin from OverlandSphere on his Asia overland travels and his website updates
  • Gareth and Kirsty who are currently traveling and will be in the process of shipping from Perth to Durban.
Please get in touch if you have suggestions or recommendations for future events.

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