Linda and Aron have been traveling from San Diego, California through Central and South America on their way to Ushuaia in their 1986 VW van. You can follow their adventures at: Andamos de Vagos
After saying goodbye to our pals Benny and Crystal, we headed back into the Sacred Valley to do some strenuous hiking with Johnny and Patty. On the way to the town of Ollantaytambo where we would start our three day hike, we stopped to see Salinas de Maras, a vast kaleidoscope of salt pools. The folks that have been harvesting salt here since Pre-Incan times carved a series of earthen pools into the side of the mountain to catch the salt from a warm, saline underground stream that flows down the valley. As the water evaporates from the ponds, salt crystals deposit at the bottom and on the sides of the pools and is then scraped off and dried. There are over 3,000 individual pools here!
McMurdo has been producing marine safety products since the 1940’s and first entered the locater beacon market with a Cospas-Sarsat approved device in 1989. Two decades later, their Fast Find family of beacons set new standards for size and capability opening the door for the now highly regarded Ranger. Released in May of 2012, the Ranger is one of the most rugged and compact PLBs on the market today. While the Ranger is small, genuinely pocket-sized, it does not skimp on power or features.
via West County Explorers Club: I have a Safari Snorkel on my Montero. I like the added measure of fording safety it gives me, but it takes in more dust than I thought it would. After only a day or two on the trail, I’m already blowing dust out of the air filter. To remedy that, I’ve decided to get a pre-cleaner.
A pre-cleaner replaces the air scoop that sits on top of the snorkel inlet. Once installed, it draws incoming air into a vortex, the centrifugal force of which causes the heavier-than-air particulates to fly out towards the sides of the bowl, where they’re trapped. According to my research this will keep 80–85% of the particulate matter from ever reaching the engine air filter.
Pre-cleaners are rated at a maximum cfm (cubic feet per minute) of air flow. Make sure you get one that matches the needs of your engine. Too large a pre-cleaner won’t spin the air fast enough to remove particulates. Too small and it will restrict your engine’s air flow. And, of course, your engine requires more air at higher rpms.
For most trucks, a 7″ pre-cleaner makes sense. So you can check if that will be too restrictive at high rpms, I’ll add a formula for calculating pre-cleaner size, plus some other resources, after the jump.
Despite strong sales and a loyal following, the Toyota 4Runner has often played second fiddle to the brand’s pinnacle SUV, the much vaunted Land Cruiser. That platform however, is becoming increasingly genteel with refinements more suited to the ‘burbs than the backcountry, not to mention a sticker price pushing well north of $80,000. This, combined with the early retirement of the more approachable FJ Cruiser, has allowed the 4Runner to once again roll into the limelight. All of this is happening as if on cue with 2014 being the 30th anniversary of the 4Runner. As the Expedition Portal team sat down to review the automotive offerings of the past year, we felt it appropriate to bestow our SUV of the Year Award on the venerable 4Runner. It’s not much of a stretch considering it was our 2012 runner up for that same accolade.
It’s quite a puzzler to me why Honda continues to ignore pleas from American riders for a new full size adventure bike. Clearly the market is prime for more big bike sales with BMW, KTM, Yamaha, and Triumph all seeing positive numbers in what is undeniably a booming category. Honda has already invested in the technology, and made it available to other markets around the globe, but why not here in the States? The bike I’m talking about in particular is their 2014 VFR 1200X, otherwise known as the Crosstourer.
Snow storms gotcha down? Need a truck for a quick trip to your nearest pole? Have $175,000 burning a hole in your pocket? A quick trip over to eBay could be the answer to these woes. Before you is the Toyota Tacoma Polar Concept used in 2011 by Jason De Carteret to break a world speed record to the South Pole. His drive from Patriot Hills to the southernmost corner of the globe and back took but 39 hours at an average speed of 27.5 mph. Built around a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, there are too many unique modifications to list here. One of the more incredible is the system of fuel tanks placed around the truck giving it a 6,000 mile range. If you can afford a $175,000 used Tacoma, you can probably afford the $1,300 fill up at your local Texaco. It's a marvel of engineering and I have to admit, looks pretty sweet. With a 9 ton winch, 4 HD video cameras, and multiple GPS devices, your commute to work could be quite interesting if you get creative with your route.
If there is any uncertainty as to just how courageous two women can be, this video is sure to put those doubts to rest. Rachelle and Rhonda of Xelles Racing are brave beyond words and to say they're ambitious is wholly inadequate. In just a few short weeks, they'll be departing for Morocco to compete in the Ralley Aicha des Gazelles, an all-female rallye through some of the most demanding terrain on the African continent. Their message of strength, and determination to take big challenges head-on is an inspiration. From all of us at Expedition Portal, we wish them the best of luck. www.teamxelles.com