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Overland Bound #0000, Death Valley – Loaded and Ready

Overlanding is a movement. It’s a lifestyle. It isn’t elitist, and it doesn’t matter what you drive. It’s for everyone who feels the call of the wild, and anyone willing to go find it.

It is our mission to provide the community, resources, and inspiration to help you outfit, explore, and find your way into the great outdoors. We are all explorers and wanderers. To discover a sense of adventure is the key to living, not just being alive.

Our forums are a great place to meet our community. 10 minutes in our forums will show how open our community is, regardless of your level of experience.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time -T.S. Elliot

Adventure is right outside the door. Go get it. We are all Overland Bound, and we will help you.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir

Overland Bound in not just our name, its what we all do. Join us!

The goal of Overland Bound is to make adventure and exploration in the great outdoors as accesible as possible, safely. This means we are not elitist, it doesn’t matter what you drive, all levels of experience are welcome, and we don’t over-think it. This is what you can expect us to stand for, and we ask that you uphold these principles as a member of Overland Bound. These are our Founding Principles:

Overlanding is vehicle dependent travel, that’s it

If you go much deeper than this, you start creating classes and arguing about whether you are an “overlander” or not. Guess what? You are.

It doesn’t matter what you drive

We are not a Jeep community, a Toyota community, or a Yugo community. We are a worldwide community of overlanders. Of course your vehicle has to be capable and safe for what you are going to ask it to do. We can help you with that.

Overlanding is for everyone

The point of a community is to include folks of various backgrounds, skill levels, and viewpoints. Smelling like caribou is not a prerequisit to being an overlander.

A connection with nature is paramount

We believe a connection with the great outdoors is a key to living. It gives us perspective, keeps us grounded, and feeds the explorer and wonderer deep in our DNA. Ignore this, and things get messy.

Leave it better than you found it

There are 50% more people on the planet as of 2016 thank in 1950. “Keep it secret, keep it safe” is not sustainable (sorry Gandalf). We must care for it. Our natural environment is the key to survival. Preserve it.

Be prepared

Safety First. The trip defines the requirements. Be aware of the requirements of any journey and prepare. We prefer epic tales of adventure without the tragedy, and keep the rubber side down.

Don’t over pack

In moderate climate, you can venture into the outdoors with water and bit of food for days. You will live. Build from there.

Help each other

That’s what community is all about. It takes a village. When traveling the world, or off grid, human kindness is a valueable asset that could mean survival. Take it seriously.

No barriers to information

We don’t own information any more than we own the great outdoors. No one has a patent on what it takes to survive. Share information freely and openly. We make better humans that way.

Humility is essential

It also has the nice side benefit of keeping you out of trouble, and making you less of a A-hole. No one has all the answers and we all started somewhere. Because no one has all the answers and there are many views of truth, we also don’t engage in heated discussions about religion or politics.

Engage in the smallest of interactions

That is actually what counts. It’s the small things that truly matter. A helping hand. A genuine question. A smile.

Have fun

Being grounded creates joy for you and the ones you come in contact with. That’s the whole point.

Comment(14)

  1. Hey Michael,

    Hope all is well. I found you on Instagram about a month or so go back, and have been a huge fan since. I work for an Advertising Agency here in Burbank CA who works with the gaming , movie, and consumer product industry. I think i read somewhere you work for EA, we’ve worked with you guys in the past. Anyways back to Overlanding…..So I recently bought 1995 Range Rover Classic LWB. My goals are similar to yours, design and build an Expedition style vehicle. I have a big task ahead of me, but i feel the planning, designing, and building is half the fun. I’ve taken her out a few times, some “gremlins” keep creeping up, but i’m hoping to sort those out too. Anyways, just wanted to reach out and say Hi. You have a great site here, and hope to see you out on the trails someday. Peace.

    Best,
    Anthony

  2. Hey Anthony!

    Let me know if you get this. I am wondering if people are getting notified of replys! I’m really glad you like the site. I am going to continue adding to it with every adventure. It’s rewarding to see when it reaches people with similar interests! I used to work for EA, now I work for another company in SF, KIXEYE. That Range Rover is going to be a great Overland Rig, and I agree, as with Overlanding, the journey is the goal. I’m thinking of putting a Rally together, maybe in Sequoia National Park next year. It would be great to run into you, and see your progress as you go! Let me know if you start a build threat somewhere! Take care and thanks for checking in!

    Michael

  3. John Muir was right, we need the wilderness to retreat to every now and then to recharge our spirit to commune with God. I am blessed by living in the Mountains and able to enjoy the wilderness everyday. Thank you for the site as a rallying point for all those who go out to explore and enjoy the Adventure of Life.

  4. so far so good.. just waiting for my membership gear to arrive. I have a funny feeling that those pesky Customs people have it and are about to ask for money before they release it. I have 3 trips planned so far this year so looking forward to getting away. Cheers OB.

  5. Just received my membership emblem today …thank you a swift service..enjoying the forum so far. I hope I can help expand your UK members and organise meets and trips. That would be great.

  6. We’re happy to be part of something we love to do so much and learn from others about new places and trails and explore. It’s a pleasure and we dig our emblem! #5065

  7. Michael, I found your videos on YouTube a while ago and I’m hooked. I just purchased my membership today and can’t wait to affix my 2 new emblems! I’m a local Californian and just purchased a 2004 Jeep Rubicon. I would love to tag along on one of your local excursions! Thanks for bringing us this great movement!

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