via West County Explorers Club: I changed the oil on my '95 Montero myself recently for the first time. It was messy but easy enough, until I tried to find the oil filter that is. It turned out that I needed to remove the skid plates to get to it, which I did. Then I began to wonder if all of the shops I'd been to in the past had gone through the same trouble or had just skipped it. All of the grease fittings looked pretty dry too. Hmm—had these been neglected as well?
My flight from Lima was delayed as I decided to repack the panniers after using up the chain – quite a weight loss from the one side. But when I did hit the road it was more a fright than a flight north. While I loved the Miraflores area, the further north we went in the city, the worse the driving and surrounds became – and the road surface for that matter. I had pretty much got used to around 10kms of nonsense on the road leading into and out of major Peruvian towns, but I guess as this was the capital they had to go one better. Nevertheless we survived without any scrapes and after over an hour and a quarter, settled into the Pam American north
Sometimes you find a product so attractive that everything else falls by the wayside. The Baladó 22G knife ($30) is one of those products. This knife isn't about tactical grips, or superior latching mechanisms, in fact it's the exact opposite. It's an exercise in design to make something functional at it's most minimalistic form. Crafted from 420 stainless steel the knife originally designed for mountain climbers who may only sporadically need a knife, but certainly never need the extra weight. We're also incredibly impressed that the great looking knife is only $30—and can often be picked up cheaper.
Images by Brian McVickers
Nearly the entire outdoor industry converges upon Salt Lake City twice a year for Outdoor Retailer, if you're a gear junkie this is without a doubt the place to be. Our team was just at Summer Market and came back with a bunch of cool new gear for overlanders—we'll be doing a three part series on this, with the first being all about gear. Check it out.
Great news everyone, we have a limited number of Warn Snatch Blocks to give away.
Why do you need a snatch block? It can double the pulling power of your winch, or change the direction of pull without damaging your rope.
It also reduces heat build up and amp draw, so your winch—and battery, last longer.
If you're the kind of person who wants to live in a van down by the river...in Botswana, then this might just be your vehicle. The Westfalia is almost overland ready straight from the factory, it has a kitchen and a fold out out bed so you're comfortable nearly anywhere. This "Westy" as they're called has a distinct advantage over the other models on the market right now—it has a TDI engine out of a VW Jetta, so it has more power, and most importantly the engine produces significantly better fuel economy numbers. The Vanagon is incredibly easy to repair, and parts are available nearly everywhere in the world.
Gear Pockets are just that—a grid of organizational pockets for holding your gear. The system is designed with the wall of a garage or tent in mind, but it can be used just as easily on the side of a vehicle, the branch of a tree, or anywhere else with convenient space to hang it.
Landscapes: Volume Two explores the directors home state of Arizona and neighboring Utah, it's incredibly beautiful and if you've never been there, maybe this can hold you over until your next trip.
Here's some motivation to take that old broken down car and turn it into something unique. In this case, unique happens to be turning a Citroen 2CV into a motorcycle...in the middle of the Sahara. Yeah, you're reading that right, Emile Leray turned a car into a motorcycle, with limited tools to say the least. He might not be the next Jesse James, but this bike was designed to keep him alive in a life or death situation. It's a great read, and available on Huckberry's Blog.