Tucked away at an obscure freeway off-ramp in the tiny hamlet of Amado, Arizona is one of the most comprehensive gatherings of adventure enthusiasts in North America, known as the Overland Expo. Now in its third year and growing, overlanders from around the world came together for a weekend of classes, product showcases and community. For many, it was a chance to swap stories from the trail and catch up with old friends, while others were there to learn the basics of expedition travel.
We brought Project 4Runner Backcountry out to gauge response from showgoers, and found that it was right at home amongst the backdrop of the Expo crowd. We answered lots of questions and handed out free Four Wheelers all weekend long.
Our enjoyment didn’t stop at interacting with our readers, because we also enjoyed visiting with the many vendors who made the trek to show off their overlanding wares. Some of the vendors are familiar to the pages of Four Wheeler, while others were ones we had never seen before and which offered new solutions to common problems. Land Rover, which built its own off-road test track for the event, and Jeep also had displays at the show.
Attendees were kept busy all weekend checking out the real-world expedition rigs up close, and attending some of the many seminars delivered by highly experienced adventurers. Whether you wanted to know about how to use your Hi-Lift properly or how to complete field repairs in the bush, experts were on hand to share their knowledge.
Overland Expo 2011 was a success and a great weekend trip for those who enjoy a little adventure with their wheeling.