Recent Articles
  • 05 Sep Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

    The #vanlife is a trendy thing to do these days. People jump into this trend headfirst with everything from custom-built homebrews to professionally built adventure-ready rigs. One company that has been at the forefront of providing custom-built, adventure-ready platforms is Sportsmobile. The company was founded...

  • 03 Sep Who We Follow: Chris Burkard

    There is no under abundance of great photographers to follow on social media. You can do a quick search for a photographer and find hundreds upon hundreds, all with a stellar body of work to look through. In our opinion, none of them hold a...

  • 28 Aug Editors Letter: Failure Does Not Mean Failure

    In early May, I put together a trip in the hopes of generating an easy to navigate a route that could be used for new overlanders. I did what I always do before a trip. Pulled up Google Maps with the satellite view enabled and...

  • 21 Aug Gear You Deserve: Roof Racks and Accessories

    A roof rack or safari rack or cargo rack or whatever you choose to call it can be a useful addition to your rig. While it’s not entirely recommended to overload the roof with a bunch of stuff, roof racks still can serve a purpose....

  • 19 Aug Places to Go: Isle Royale

    Located 56 miles from the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northwest corner of Lake Superior resides the 4th largest inland lake island in the world. It’s the second largest in the great lakes after Manitoulin Island on the Canadian side of Lake Huron in the Ontario...

  • 13 Aug June Trip Report: Grayling, Kalkaska, and an Awesome Lake

    What follows is a long-overdue rundown of our June trip. After the shakedown that went awry in May, this trip went off with next to no problems. My buddy Marc wanted to tag along, so I picked him up from his house. We left out...

Keweenaw Overland Adventure Retreat
On and Off Rig Gear
  • 05 Sep Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

    The #vanlife is a trendy thing to do these days. People jump into this trend headfirst with everything from custom-built homebrews to professionally built adventure-ready rigs. One company that has been at the forefront of providing custom-built, adventure-ready platforms is Sportsmobile. The company was founded...

  • 21 Aug Gear You Deserve: Roof Racks and Accessories

    A roof rack or safari rack or cargo rack or whatever you choose to call it can be a useful addition to your rig. While it’s not entirely recommended to overload the roof with a bunch of stuff, roof racks still can serve a purpose....

  • 12 Aug Altama Maritime OTB Assault Shoe

    While I managed to snag a pair of Red Wing Irish Setter branded boots through work for no cost, I did not have the same luck with the Altama Maritime OTB Assault shoes. I’ve had my eye on these for a while now mostly because...

  • 12 Aug Red Wing Branded Irish Setter Boots

    Every few years where I work, we have the option to get safety boots. The first time this happened, I made the mistake of getting some brand I wasn’t sure of. I never ended up wearing them because they were uncomfortable and rubbed against my...

  • 24 Jun Gear You Deserve: The Coffee Edition

    Coffee is one of those things that can mean the difference between a good morning and a bad morning at camp. Just because you’re out on the road doesn’t mean you should sacrifice sound quality, homemade coffee for a packet of instant coffee. There are...

  • 13 Jun GCI Slim-Fold Cook Station Review

    In 2015, sometime before we kicked off Michigan Overland as more than just an idea I surveyed the gear I had. One thing that was missing was a good table to cook off of. I did my research and looked at several different variations of...

Op-Ed
  • 03 Sep Who We Follow: Chris Burkard

    There is no under abundance of great photographers to follow on social media. You can do a quick search for a photographer and find hundreds upon hundreds, all with a stellar body of work to look through. In our opinion, none of them hold a...

  • 28 Aug Editors Letter: Failure Does Not Mean Failure

    In early May, I put together a trip in the hopes of generating an easy to navigate a route that could be used for new overlanders. I did what I always do before a trip. Pulled up Google Maps with the satellite view enabled and...

  • 08 Aug Plantnet: The App Every Forager Should Have

    If your family is like mine, then you enjoy going for a hike. One of my favorite things while out is looking for wild edibles. I can identify some plants, but I’m no expert. This makes my wife nervous since she doesn’t always believe me...

  • 05 Aug Overlanding With An Infant: Tips For New Parents

    In April of this year, I was blessed with my first child, Magnolia. Being an active family in the past few years, we didn’t quite know how to include our now three-month-old. After asking around for advice and not getting much, I decided to share...

  • 19 Jun The Minimalist Approach To Overlanding

    I’ve always liked the idea of having less stuff and living a minimalist lifestyle. The problem is I like things. It doesn’t matter if it’s gear, clothes, movies, books, or whatever thing I might be into at the time. I like the physical items. Over...

  • 11 Jun Father’s Day Gift Ideas For The Overlanding Dad In Your Life

    Father’s day is just a week away. If you have an overlanding dad (a DadVerlander or OverDadder as we have coined them) in your life and are unsure of what to get him, we’ve got you covered with some ideas below. Subscription Box There are...

New Holland Overland Co.
Places and Things
  • 19 Aug Places to Go: Isle Royale

    Located 56 miles from the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northwest corner of Lake Superior resides the 4th largest inland lake island in the world. It’s the second largest in the great lakes after Manitoulin Island on the Canadian side of Lake Huron in the Ontario...

  • 18 Jun Places to Go: Drummond Island

    In keeping with the island theme, we started with Beaver Island, this quarter we’re going to shed some light on Drummond Island. Drummond is pretty well known to the off-road and overland community here in Michigan. It offers a good variety of trails that range...

  • Michigan Made: Victory 4x4

    28 May Michigan Made: Victory 4×4

    JCROffroad is one of the Michigan businesses leading the way when it comes to engineering Jeep parts. And they have been successful at it. A few years back, when we ran their Michigan Made article, we also caught wind of something else they had been...

  • 21 Mar Michigan Made: Four Overland Specific Small Businesses You Should Follow

    Michigan is known for automotive innovation. Several of the worlds largest automotive companies have headquarters in and around the state. Large companies are not all the state has to offer though. A good number of smaller companies are making their mark in the automotive aftermarket...

  • Places To Go: Beaver Island

    14 Feb Places to Go: Beaver Island

    There are a good number of islands dotted throughout the Great Lakes. The largest of these being Drummond Island and Isle Royale, both of which are respectable adventuring spots. However, one island in Lake Michigan not far off the cost from Charlevoix has a strange...

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    25 Jan Michigan Made: Peninsulas and Yooper Shirts

    Michigan has a strong base of small businesses that create a wide range of state-related goods. In this Michigan Made we take a look at Peninsulas and Yooper Shirts, two retailers with a diverse array of products, online presence, and traditional brick and mortar stores...

Keep & Bear
Rigs
  • 13 Aug M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 7

    We are now on the home stretch! Bedlining of the trailer went smooth. I used six bottles to get good coverage. I used two to three coats to make sure it would help up for a while. I let it sit for about a week...

  • 12 Aug M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 6

    There comes a time in every man’s life, when he does something so stupid, he can’t help but laugh. This is not one of those times. This time, I cried. While out on the boat with family, I jumped into the lake with my phone in...

  • 09 Aug M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 5

    I finally got my sheet metal I was waiting for and was able to make some good progress over the weekend. Until my body reminded me, I’m not 20 anymore, and my back decided to give out, lol. I started working on the top and...

  • 07 Aug M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 4

    The warmer weather is gone, and the cold and snow are back again, but that didn’t stop me from spending a couple of days in the shop. I was able to get quite a bit done over the weekend. My buddy dropped off some of...

  • 06 Aug M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 3

    We had some warm weather over the weekend, so I was able to get quite a bit done. I started out cutting the new steel for the new tongue. I got the new 2×3, and 2.5×2.5 welded in, drilled for the new articulating lunette, got...

  • 27 May M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 2

    In his second DIY article, Ryan provides us a rundown of his homebrew trailer build. Taking an old M101A2 military trailer from rundown to something functional and usable on the trails. Parts, Parts, & More Parts 2/20/19 – I am sort of stuck waiting on...

Skills and Preparedness
Trips and Events
  • 13 Aug June Trip Report: Grayling, Kalkaska, and an Awesome Lake

    What follows is a long-overdue rundown of our June trip. After the shakedown that went awry in May, this trip went off with next to no problems. My buddy Marc wanted to tag along, so I picked him up from his house. We left out...

  • 22 May Trip Report: Shake Off The Dust

    The plan was to map something useable. Something we could use as a training route for people new to overlanding. Training and experience type events are down the road still, but I like planning ahead. The plan for our shake off the dust trip did...

  • 27 Mar UP Overland Adventure Day 4

    After a rough night’s sleep, we woke up to a sunny but foggy morning. After a quick breakfast, we packed up and headed out. One of our members was heading West to check out Lake of the clouds and another member was headed home directly...

  • 20 Mar UP Overland Adventure – Day 3

    I didn’t realize I could sleep like a baby with so much noise outside. After the long night of loud sound from the waves and wind, I awoke to find a gorgeous sunrise. Honestly, it may go in the books as one of my favorites....

  • 13 Mar UP Overland Adventure – Day 2

    After a night of decent sleep from the sound of the waves of Lake Superior and the increasing rain, we awoke to gray skies and steady rain. We decided against cooking breakfast and focused on packing up camp and getting on the road. Packing in...

  • 06 Mar UP Overland Adventure – Day 1

    A trip five years in my mind, eight months of planning, spanning six days, including 4 Jeeps, two trailers, six people, and 1390 miles across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has finally come to fruition. Technically day 1 started with the trek from Grand Blanc, Michigan, across...