GREAT article. I hope I fall into the category the author calls "the enthusiast." Whenever possible I do my own work on my rigs, I grew up wheeling, then graduated to other motorsports (where I still turned the wrenches... ever replace the clutch in a C5 Z06 on jackstands in the paddock between road course sessions?), and now I'm back off-road, but with different goals than my old "wheeling" days. Heck, he even picked a WJ for the example of "The Enthusiast" so that means I'm okay, right? Also, I'm closer to 40 than 35... so there's that.
I definitely subscribe to this philosophy. While I do take heavier gear than I would if I was backpacking, I don't take unnecessary gear or unnecessarily heavy or expensive gear. Case in point is my cot tent that cost me $50 and weighs about 25 lbs vs a roof top tent that costs $1000 and weighs 100+lbs.If you really think about it , backpackers travel hundreds of miles on foot with everything they need to survive on their backs and manage to keep it in the 20-40lb range , but for some odd reason when you have a vehicle you need 300lbs of camping gear 100 lbs of food , a memory foam mattress and solar power to run all those electronics. Most people seem to be trying to set up their weekend trip rig like someone who is living out of theirs fill time .
Keep your gear as simple as possible and you will enjoy your trips more .
Your grandmother sounds awesome! :D Wish I had a grandmother like that.My mom and grandmother used to sew-up their own tents and sleeping bags, cram a bunch of kitchen utensils in a box and head out to camp all summer long. They could do this because my grandmother taught school in an era when teachers actually got summers off. The whole summer! So camping was on the short activity list. I’d definitely call what they did overlanding despite the fact that they probably did it in a normal car and the word didn’t really exist. I know my mom sure knew her way around a dirt track in a two-wheel-drive car by simply utilizing boards, shovels, and changes of direction. She certainly didn’t need a souped up 4wd “rig” to take my brother and I camping in extremely wild places and instill a life-long love of being outdoors in us. I’m having trouble getting comfortable with the word “overlanding” myself but the accepting philosophy of this forum is sure helping.
Of course. And I agree. Well said! I look forward to becoming VERY comfortable with the word “overlanding”.The way I see it, the term is merely a useful descriptor that helps us all understand what we mean when we talk about the activity we like, as distinct from camping, wheeling, etc. It isn't and it shouldn't be a strait jacket that constrains or limits what we do.
i never heard the term "overlanding" until january of this year while looking for a small camp trailer and I also heard the term recently of "glamping". i listen to my teenager and his friends and they also make up words that dont particularly make any sense other than to them...and then even they argue about what a made up word means.It is just a fancy word for camping
To me the word "OVERLANDING" is just a word that helps to unify us as a group. Kinda like "BASEBALL" where every one plays a position, but play as a team. The words OB, means we are all like minded players.I try not to fret much over the word. It is just a fancy word for camping, just like utilize is a fancy word for "use".
Some people need to feel more special, so they need a special word. Others of us have been at this for long enough to keep doing what we have always been doing and not really care what anyone calls it.
I often think it would be funny for me to start a youtube channel or something and call it Ghettoverlanding, because my setup is so ghetto it's not even funny. $1800 Craigslist beater pre 2000 honda, home built, kludged up kit, everything old or second hand lol I still have a lot of fun though! I bet if I added up everything I've spent on my rig other than oil changes I'd probably be less than 5k into it.Pimping your 4x4 with as many comfort items you can cram in and on. Taking it on a semi paved road 1 mile from Starbucks and then stage it so seems you are in the middle of Africa so you can post to instagram.
you're not parking next to me at the mall, eitherI often think it would be funny for me to start a youtube channel or something and call it Ghettoverlanding, because my setup is so ghetto it's not even funny. $1800 Craigslist beater pre 2000 honda, home built, kludged up kit, everything old or second hand lol I still have a lot of fun though! I bet if I added up everything I've spent on my rig other than oil changes I'd probably be less than 5k into it.