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Overland Journal

Summer 2019

Each issue of Overland Journal features in-depth coverage of equipment and vehicles, as well as full-length trip stories that span the globe. Our strict standards for writing and photography, in addition to our striking layout, means that our subscribers receive an expedition and adventure travel magazine that is at once inspiring, informative, and attractive.

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the feed

@overlanderscr Friday attitude. @gr4nola Our moto camp on the salar. @annandlotusthetruck Morning vibes. #Camping#CampLife#Overlanding @theretoday Puya raimondii trees start as giant green spiked puffs—as they mature over 40-80 years, these huge relatives of the pineapple shoot up into 10-meter-high flower spikes and then die in spectacular fashion, leaving behind eerie spires that boggle the imagination. It was a real treat to spend the night among them and explore the stands all by ourselves on our way to the Pastorruri Glacier. @overlandtheamericas On our way to Lago Leones on the northern ice field of Laguna San Rafael National Park (the fourth largest ice field in the world, after the polar caps and the Southern Patagonia fields). We reached an early end to our side trip as we decided not to…

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EMILY SHEFFEmily Sheff is an avid traveler who enjoys exploring lesser-known destinations. The more challenging the adventure, the more rewarding the experience. She’s traveled to over 40 countries on four continents, and since 2016 has been overlanding through Africa (18 countries to date), partially from the passenger seat of a Jeep Wrangler, and the rest with nothing more than a 75-liter pack on her back. When she’s not busy exploring the mountains, rivers, and oceans of her home country of Canada, Emily works as a content creator, photographer, writer, and marketing and communications consultant. She is also the creator of the cross-cultural multimedia series Face of Africa Today, which will be published into a hardcover book in 2019. BRENDON AND KIRA HAKBrendon has been behind the wheel his…

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the true cost of knockoffs

Scott Brady explores the coastal dunes in Peru. As an overlander, I am always surprised to see knockoff products bolted to the side of a vehicle that is destined for the backcountry. That small amount of money the purchaser saved will ultimately leave them stranded and cost the industry they love dearly. Per the 2018 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the global counterfeit business represents as much as $461 billion in lost revenue to the original intellectual property owners. In our market, it is not just blatant infractions, but also companies that push the infringement right to the edge to avoid lawsuits. Buying an inferior or knockoff product always has a price, as an attendee at a muddy event discovered.At Overland Journal, some of our…

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The iOverlander app is made for overlanders by overlanders, with an extensive database of campsites, fuel stations, and mechanic shops all within easy reach of your dominant thumb.Finding your next great campsite requires nothing more than the same effort that goes into searching Google Maps. Thanks to the diligent input from fellow users, you can download the app and leave on a trip immediately with almost zero planning. Even if you’re one of those people that plan a trip in extreme detail, something will inherently go sideways on the road. A campsite will be closed, local roadblocks will force a backtrack, or a mechanical breakdown will require a last-minute detour—iOverlander is invaluable at times like these.To be honest, we’ve driven past more than a few iOverlander camp spots that…

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countycomm’s maratac peanut xl titanium lighter

Machined from 6AL4V Grade 5 titanium, the same used in medical and marine applications, the Maratac Peanut XL lighter by CountyComm is a high-quality piece of field and survival gear. The Peanut XL’s advantages over the Split Pea and Peanut sizes are not only the larger, easier to manipulate flint wheel but also the exceptional fuel capacity. The XL is 2.75 inches in length, with a .75-inch diameter. It’s waterproof, and the housing’s O- ring also prevents the cap from inadvertently loosening. The removable flint wheel and fuel cell unit is solid brass. Spare flints and O-rings stash between the fuel wadding and felt. Zippo or Ronsonol lighter fluid (naphthalene) is the requisite fuel but white gas (Coleman fuel) for camp stoves also works. Stick to these fuels.With the…

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mymedic, myfak basic

The MyFAK Basic is 4 x 7 x 8 inches, contained in a heavy-duty, 600-denier soft case, and accessed through two large, easy-to-pull zippers. It has a limited quantity of consumables to treat minor injuries, scrapes, and sunburns and would make a good bug-out or backpacking kit—the Mylar blanket is a nice touch. But travelers with a vehicle’s payload at their disposal owe it to themselves to carry a kit with more robust capability. For those traveling beyond the reach of traditional emergency medical services, you’ll want something that also includes a full-sized SAM splint, a full-sized elastic bandage, an oral or nasal airway, and more than two packets of Tylenol.MyMedic does have more complete choices suitable for backcountry travel, and kits are available in four sizes from wallet…