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.
Through my illustration shop, shop.l-dopa.com, I illustrated and designed this vintage Ford Bronco t-shirt. I draw them in original, factory colors, and am really happy with the way they’re turning out. This one is a 1973 in Carmel Bronze.
If you’d like to have a look, check them out here. More colors after the jump.
Last week I posted about the quickest route to visit all 47 U.S. National Parks. If you’d like to optimize your own routes, there’s a website called RouteXL that will help you do it. If your route has 20 stops or less, it’s free.
For example, if you wanted to leave Portland, Oregon, and spend a night in all of the states old fire lookouts, this would be the quickest route. Click map above (click it for a live version).
To create your own route, add locations in the field at the top-left of the page and then click the Find Route button at the bottom-left corner of the page. You can then use the Download button at the bottom-left of the page to share the route, download it in any number of formats, or open it in Google Maps.
If you’d like to camp in an old fire lookout, here’s a link to all of the available sites in the western United States.
August of 2016 marks 100 years since the founding of the National Park Service. To celebrate, a data scientist, Dr. Randal S. Olson, created an optimized route map showing the fastest way to visit all 47 national parks.
Click the map image for a live Google Map.
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.
Colorado-based Timberleaf Trailers has come up with a beautiful, lightweight, modern version of the classic teardrop trailer.
Teardrop trailers first became popular in the 1930s, a time when hundreds of new federal and state parks were being built the Civil Conservation Corps. Magazines like Mechanix Illustrated, perhaps eager to offer their readers a DIY way to take advantage of this new, national infrastructure, published plans for the home builder. The classic layout offered sleeping quarters forward and an open-air kitchen to the rear, under a large rear hatch.
The Timberleaf Trailer utilizes this same classic layout but weighs in at a very modern, and eminently towable, 1,200 lbs. Ground clearance looks to be about 7 inches.
The birch plywood construction appears to be first-rate, and the trailer offers standard niceties such as a polycarbonate skylight, R-11 insulation, 110V and 12V power via a 125aH deep cycle marine battery, USB outlets, and 12 gallons of fresh water storage. A built-in cooler and cookstove are optional extras.
Trailers, unlike rooftop tents, offer a way get some of the camping load out of the truck. They also offer a way to leave the camp set-up at camp. No need to fold up the rooftop tent for a quick day trip.
Prices start at just a hair over $15,000. It looks like a very nice way to see the country. More pics after the jump.
Hat tip to Silodrome, where I first saw the Timberleaf.