I'd be lying if I said there I didn't have a little bit of personal envy with this vehicle. I've always loved the look of the Defender 110 Double Cab. You still have four doors, but you also have a pick-up bed which in my opinion would often seem perfect when you have a bit of gear that just isn't clean enough to ride inside. Imagine this truck loaded up with two nice mountain bikes... oh the possibilities.
The Video Of The Day is another one of those fancy videos where someone attaches a GoPro to their car, and takes you along for a ride. Except they're not traveling to anywhere normal. This video takes you from Gisenyi, Rwanda to Kampala, Uganda. It's by far the most exotic of these time-lapse videos I've seen so far.
via West County Explorers Club: On the subject of campfires, here’s another good one: the long fire. It’s reportedly great for both warming and cooking, if you flatten the logs at one end.
In this YouTube video, iawoodsman shows us great set-up and prep for getting the fire going quickly. For example, I like the way he uses two pieces of kindling as a cross brace to support the remaining kindling over the tinder.
Here are links to the tools he mentions, the Wetterlings axe, the Trail Blazer folding buck saw, and the UCO storm-proof matches. In another excellent video, below, in which he sets up a firewood cut station, it looks like he’s using the Wetterlings 26" Forest Axe.
These are great videos—very informative.
via West County Explorers Club: I came across an interesting method for making a simple fire/cooking stove. It’s called a ”Swedish Torch.”
The idea is to take a short, thick log, split it into fourths, set the resulting sections slightly apart, and fill center with tinder and kindling. Once it’s lit, the gaps between the sections facilitate the flow of air and, if the top of the log is flat, you can cook on it. A single log reportedly burns 2—3 hours.
The video below demonstrates an alternative version, if a big log and an axe aren't available. Both are very clever solutions.
via West County Explorers Club: 2012 Dakar Rally was run over 15 days in January along a 5,000+ mile route from Argentina, through Chile, with the finish in Lima, Peru. Over 500 competitors ran in four classes: motorcycle, quads, cars and trucks.
Each of the rally’s 14 stages is covered in half-hour highlight reels on YouTube, if you really want to dig in or, for a quick taste of the action, check out this 2012 promo video. The sight of a 10-ton rally truck drifting through a corner (1:09) is pretty amazing.
The rally has been run in South America since 2009. I’ve posted the route map below. Race results are in the text link above.
When people think of overland vehicles, American manufacturers often aren't the first to come to mind. For years, the vehicles most commonly associated with overlanding have been the Land Rover Defender, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Granted there's a reason why, those vehicles are known for their stout construction, reliability, and parts availability in the middle of Botswana. But it doesn't mean they're the only choice on the market anymore. With more and more companies creating bespoke expedition platforms based off American pick-up trucks, we thought we better take a bit closer look at what is being offered for 2012.
via West County Explorers Club: I spotted this long-wheelbase, right-hand-drive, Nissan Patrol G60 on Bring a Trailer the other day. Here in the US, the Patrol always seemed (to me anyway) like the lost icon of Japanese four-wheel drive. I see them mentioned all the time. In fact, they can be found on any continent in the world — they love them in Australia — yet they were never shipped to North America. That goes for this one as well, by the way. It’s located in Hiroshima, Japan. Seeing as it’s over 25-years-old, however, feel free to bring it over.
This particular model is from near the end of the second generation’s production cycle, which ran from 1960 to 1980. The styling is more quirky and less iconic than either the Land Cruiser or Land Rover (both of which it seems to imitate in equal measure). It has its own unique charm though. Check out the 3-wiper folding windscreen, the amazing color, and the skinny tires on steel wheels. I bet it would look even better without the weird, red top.
Find it on Goo-net where the ad mentions that it’s “ordinary engined” and “commonly used.” Is that good? I’d ask. The mileage is listed as an astounding 10,000km (~6200 mi.). They’re asking US$22,400.
Can you hand crank it through the whole in the front, next to the license plate? I’m not sure, but it’s a Patrol, so I am sure it’ll go wherever you point it.
This 1962 Land Rover Series II isn't your usual truck by any means. I'm actually not so sure that I can even call it a truck. It's more Volkswagen meets rat-rod than anything else. To a Land Rover enthusiast - this very well may be sacrilege, but when your in my shoes, and your a Land Rover, and a Rat-Rod enthusiast; this is actually pretty awesome. Why would you want to roll around in a chopped VW when it could have a sexy Land Rover body instead? Don't look at it as ruining a Land Rover, look at it as a custom car that could be up your alley.