Recent Articles
  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

News
  • 01 Aug The Only 2019 Ford Ranger Review That Matters

    The Ford Ranger isn’t something we had considered when shopping for mid-size trucks to replace our current rig. Outside Magazine author Wes Siler makes a compelling argument for the Ranger and why it should be considered. For decades, American truck enthusiasts have looked to Australia...

  • 01 Aug Lexus Unveils GXOR Concept

    All of the major car manufacturers seem to be getting in on the overland scene right now. Lexus is no exception and this new overland GX concept is right at the top of the list of awesome OEM made overlanders. Check out the Expo Portal...

  • 11 Jul Video: Which AA Batteries are the Best? | RECOIL OFFGRID

    We all carry spare batteries for the gear that needs it. Maybe unsurprisingly, not all batteries are created equal. Some are better than others. Watch the video below to find out which ones are the best. Let us know what you use when you’re out...

Keweenaw Overland Adventure Retreat
On and Off Rig Gear
  • 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...

  • 23 May DIY Fishing Rod Storage for $30

    One cool thing about overland camping is the many other activities that can be done in conjunction with it — hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking. The list is endless. And while there isn’t anything much better than camping next to a stream or lake, there isn’t...

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    21 May Brand Spotlight: Hi-Lift Jack Company

    You’ve probably seen them around. Especially if you’ve been to an off-road park, an overlanding get together, or even on a show on YouTube. They seem to be everywhere. And despite imitators, competitors, and innovators trying to supplant them, they’re still the go-to jack. We’re...

Op-Ed
  • 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...

  • 29 May Going Solo On An Overland Trip

    Going solo on an overland trip is not something we recommend. We enjoy the camaraderie of having other people with us on top of the apparent safety net other rigs provide. However, we know it gets done, and given proper planning, it can be done...

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    23 May Who We Follow: Swellrunner Overland/Jason Koertge

    Many may already know him from his YouTube videos or Instagram account. We’ve mentioned Jason Koertge (aka SwellRunner on Instagram) here on the site in our Overlanding YouTube Channels to Watch article. He is quite possibly one of our favorite YouTube channels to watch. There...

New Holland Overland Co.
Places and Things
  • 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...

  • 13 Apr Michigan Made: Lost In Michigan

    Being based in Michigan we tend to see the same types of photos coming across our social media streams. The dunes, the bridge, the waterfalls, and sunsets. Everyone’s take on Michigan’s iconic landmarks is interesting but what we don’t get to see is what’s not...

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...