2015 Overland Expo West Inspires AdventurersMay 25th, 2015 by David Beran
The 2015 Overland Expo happened May 15-17 at Mormon Lake in Flagstaff, Arizona with overland enthusiasts and manufacturers assembling to share their experiences and expertise. In the spirit of adventure, the weather was colder than usual, staying in the 30s-50s all three days. Snow, sleet, and rain were the norm until Sunday morning when the skies finally cleared up and the sun dry began to reduce the mud puddles.
Attendance was comprised of only the hardiest travelers, as the ground was fully saturated and camping was challenging at best. With inches of snow falling on Friday and Saturday night, the campers that did stay were rewarded with beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains surrounding Flagstaff. Many had a chance to use their newly-acquired recovery skills to help fellow attendants that were stuck in the mud pit that the parking area turned into.
The Expo is a learning experience with a full menu of courses for Jeeps, trucks and motorcycles. The Overland Expo staff and volunteers provided everything from single pot cooking classes in the vendor area to basic off-road driving classes in the off-road arena, along with full blown vehicle survival techniques in the Camel Trophy area.
Vendors were plentiful this year with big names like ARB, Rigid Industries, and Transamerican Manufacturing Group brands Smittybilt and G2 Axle & Gear attending. ARB is always a hit with their traction and articulation trailer, which puts vehicles suspension and drivetrain to the test. Smittybilt revealed their new prototype overland trailer that includes their new roof top tent which looks like it will be a great setup behind any truck or Jeep. Additionally, everything from Smittybilt bumpers to G2 axles were on display in their areas.
Even with the spotty weather, the experience was inspiring for off-roaders looking for the latest products and innovations associated with overland and expeditionary travel. As with years before there were great people to meet, great conversations to be had, and much knowledge to be gathered.
About the Author: David Beran
As a professional inkspiller living in Los Angeles, I’ve written in industries ranging from entertainment to employment to automotive. Terrain I cover includes off-road events and races, budget builds, custom mods, EVs and the latest innovations in aftermarket 4x4 parts. I’m always eager to learn about new trends in 4x4s and my motto is “go off-road or go home.” Google+ is the destination for my dispatches: https://plus.google.com/+DavidBeran/posts.