hummmm...very good point!Have you ever wondered why no one ever questions the word Overseas, just Overland ?
Grub, move to LA or San Francisco. They won't arrest you there and in fact they encourage public urination and defecation !works for me. my definition of "overlanding" is getting out far enough away from people where i can pee outside and not worry about getting arrested.
Sssshhh... you are going to mess up my business plan of adding "overlander approved" stickers to various products and re-selling them.Some people feel more drawn to things that are considered badass, like "overlanding" or anything "extreme." Other people don't really care what the action is referred to and just want to have fun.
Companies will always market their products with key words to spark interest and build value.
You take an LED lantern for example and market it as an "overlanding illumination device" and you just doubled it's perceived value to some people.
There "IS" a lot of discussion about the definition of the word. It seems to be the first question a newbie has when he comes on line with OB. So the question is raised frequently. I dont know why they need definition because Webster's Dictionary clearly defines the word Overland. OB'ers are quick to defend their opinion of the word and naturally (I'm guessing) none agree.Does the "Overland" community have an identity crisis? Seems to be an awful lot of threads here and elsewhere debating what exactly "Overlanding" entails. Just get out there and enjoy it.
I hope you are right. From what I have seen here the questioning of what is and what isn't is causing division. Pretty soon we will have an OB 2 wheel drive group. Another will be OB 4 wheel drive group. then that divides into an OB rock crawling group, then an OB mud bogging group, then an OB trail following group, on and on and on. Personally my need is for a group that has unity and doesn't differentiate one from another. That is what this OB organization is supposed to be all about. Problem is there are rebel rousers that continue to separate themselves from the rest with definitions, not equipment or goals.Well its a psychological need for people to identify with a group, so wanting to have a good thorough definition for a said identity makes sense to me. Honestly it takes a lot to be able to function as an actual individual, and even most individuals still have a group identity. So its less of an identity crisis, and more of an indication of the growing popularity, and the need for people to know that they fit with the group they want to be a part of. To me its kinda nice to see really, it shows that we as a group are growing and diversifying. And in diversity comes more experience to draw from which in the long run will make us stronger.
Great overlanding photosOverlanding / car camping. Who cares just get out and do it. I myself call it Overlanding when it is a trip of 2 weeks plus with backcountry adventure. I say I'm camping when it's for an overnight or longer. And to me it's just an off-road excursion if it's only for a day. But that's just me an old man who grew up exploring and camping.
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But really just get outdoors and enjoy life, who cares what you or anyone else calls it.