The U.S. House committee on Natural Resources voted last year to adopt H.R. 3650, a bill which would OK the transfer of National Forests to the States. According to sources I’ve read (Outside Magazine and the New York Times), this is seen as a thinly veiled attempt to transfer National Forests to private hands, as the States wouldn’t have the funds to maintain the lands and would, most likely, sell them. This would end public access to lands formerly held in the public trust.
The above video was filmmaker Octave Zangs reaction: go out and see Oregon’s public lands and raise awareness.
Here’s more information. If you have an opinion on this issue, write your congressman.
The Great Public Land Heist has Begun; Outside Magazine, 6/22/2016
Public Lands Belong in Federal Hands; Outside Magazine, 10/26/2016
Trump’s Interior Pick Is the Last Hope for Our Public Lands; Outside Magazine, 12/14/2016
Rule Easing Public Lands Transfer Concerns Hunters, Others; New York Times, 1/16/2017
How good is the most expensive Lexus? The YouTube channel Ignition aims to find out.
Engines are said, as a rule of thumb, to lose one horsepower for every year of age. So for all of you guys with older trucks, here are a few tips to increase your horsepower back toward factory specs.
Another tip I learned recently from fellow overlander and experiential marketing expert Matthew Mangus (@mangai_rollin): a mass air flow sensor cleaner like this can improve mileage and horsepower by cleaning the wires of the mass air flow sensor. This provides the car’s ecu more accurate data as it determines engine’s the best fuel/air mixture.
In Rwanda, known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” trips to rural villages can take four hours by truck (in the dry season). In that terrain, delivering lifesaving medical supplies was often an impossibility. Now though, a Bay Area company named Zipline, working in conjunction with the Rwandan government, has introduced a fleet drones that make the trip in about 15 minutes. The drones fly about 60 mph, circle their target, and deliver their cargo by parachute (with an accuracy of a few parking spaces). Well done!
A nice little video showing just how far you can take a standard Suzuki Samurai. This one lives in Panama.
This video made by YouTube user Robbie Bircher‘s dad back in 1989, offers a rare glimpse of basically stock trucks navigating one of America’s most difficult 4×4 routes, the Rubicon Trail. Along for the ride are a couple of Jeep CJs, a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, and an International Scout.
The pace of the video is slow but you feel like you’re there. And thankfully it’s been stabilized so you don’t have to sit through any camera shake. Really good stuff.
Andrew St Pierre White, the South African dean of overlanding, stalked around the German overlanding expo, Abenteuer Allrad, this year asking, “What tires are overlanders using?” His aim was to get a sense of which tires the overlanding community is adopting. He also weighs in with his own experience with various brands.
He didn’t have confidence in my previous tire, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S, though I liked them. He had good things to say about the tire I’m currently running though, the Cooper Discoverer S/T. I’m happy with that one too. It’s a tough tire with plenty of grip.
See which tires he pans and which ones he gives a nod of approval.
Here’s quick and strong way to splice two wires, the linesman splice. Brought to you by Canadian workshop guru and avid YouTuber, AvE.
And an image for quick reference.