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I came across a great post the other day detailing how to put a basic bushcraft kit together for about £100 (~US$166). That’s not bad at all for a rucksack, sleeping system, and various ancillary gear. Of course army surplus stores are key to the deals.

As a nice touch the author, Ben Gray, puts the whole kit together and then tests it out in the woods to see how it performs. Well done.

Frontier Bushcraft blog: Bushcraft on a Budget: All the Kit You Need for Less Than £100

Atlas of Remote Islands • WCXC

Here’s a book you may be interested in: Judith Schalansky’s beautifully designed Atlas of Remote Islands. It introduces to the reader 50 of the world’s most remote islands, and offers a 1-page story about each. Schalansky’s writing style is cool and removed, not as remote as the islands she describes, but close.

Still the stories can be fascinating. There is Howland Island, Amelia Earhart’s last destination in the South Pacific. There is Pitcairn Island, home to the mutineers of the HMS Bounty. And Taongi Atoll, where motorboat was found that had left Hawaii nine and a half years earlier with five men aboard. A single grave was found nearby.

While this might not be the best book to read to your kids before bed, it does offer a light shined on the far corners of the earth, so different from our own.

See the cover after the jump.

Amazon: Atlas of Remote Islands

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Here’s a video about a guy who builds a camper shell on the back of his Jeep Comanche to go off surfing in bigfoot country… and then escape. That’s part 2, which is after the jump.

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Here’s a nice video compiling photos and footage of three 4x4s driving through Central and South America: a Land Rover Defender, a Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series, and a Mitsubishi Delica. Some of the scenery and bridge crossings are jaw dropping.

Links to the three guys’ sites below.

Land Rover Defender:
Toyota Landcruiser:
Mitsubishi Delica:


We’ve prepped our Mitsubishi Montero to handle journeys of a several hundred miles or so. It’s interesting to see how people who travel tens of thousands of miles prep theirs. The couple behind the site Land Cruising Adventure have a page devoted to the modifications on their Land Cruiser BJ45. It makes for informed reading.

Land Cruising Adventure, Mods page
Land Cruising Adventure, Meet the Land Cruiser page

Fancy doing a 3,500 km (2,175 mi.) lap of India in a 7 hp Bajaj rickshaw? Well then, step right up young sir, young miss, The Adventurists are at it again. Correction. They’re always at it. They’re running three Rickshaw Runs a year, by the looks of it.

The idea is that you raise £500–£1000 ($816–$1632) for charity and pay The Adventurists £1395 ($2277) to sign up. They give you rickshaw, host the start and finish with some epic parties (according to their site), and send you off on a 16-day, shit-your-pants adventure through Indian traffic.

It actually looks like a lot of fun.


I recently added Four-by-four driving to my book collection. If you’re not already familiar with previous editions, they’re classics in 4×4 circles. The newly revised 3rd. edition was released this year.

The book starts by defining the basics 4×4 systems in plain, conversational language: differentials, the basic types of 4-wheel-drive systems, and then goes into detail describing the different systems used by 12 different manufacturers—including (in this edition) makers of “soft roaders,” i.e., Freelanders, Rav4s and the like. This is extremely handy for slicing through marketing jargon. What does Quadra Track or 4-matic really mean? This book tells you.

The book then goes into off-road driving techniques for various types of terrain, addresses recovery, advanced techniques, expedition basics, and finishes with how to load a truck.

It’s informative, well-photographed and well-illustrated. My only criticism is that sections of the book, and page numbers, are both numbered in a decimal format (i.e., 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 for chapter 1; 2.1, 2.2 for chapter 2 and so on) and Section 7.2 isn’t on page 7.2, for example, which can get confusing because the book frequently references other parts of the text. Was that Section 7.2 or page 7.2?

That said, it looks like quite a good “do it all” book, explaining both how our rigs work and how to use them. New copies are available solely through Desert Winds Publishing.

4×4 Driving from Desert Winds Publishing
Jonathan Hanson’s full review of the 2nd. edition, on Overland Tech & Travel


From former NASA designer and Cricket trailer inventor, Garrett Finney, comes the Firefly, a new space-inspired camper. It’s still in the concept phase but Garret and his team at Taxa plan on walls made of highly insulated, inch-thick, eps-foam-cored panels fused to aluminum skins, and an overall weight of only 600 lbs.

It will be very compact. Compact enough to fit in the back of a Tacoma or on a small trailer and can be deployed on its own legs. It can even be delivered by helicopter to address emergency needs.

Read the whole story and see development photos on the design site, Core77.

Firefly story on Core77
Taxa Firefly

This promo film is amazing. Two guys, Adam Riemann and his friend Mark, ride two KTM 500EXCs 7,000kms (4,350 miles) from Austria to Egypt in 32 days days, filming as they go. They have no support crew and no back-up vehicles. Everything they bring, they carry on their backs or their bikes. That’s thousands of miles overlanding on a couple of 500cc dirt bikes. Awesome.

The full-length Motonomad film is scheduled to be released next year. The aerial shots were filmed with an XAircraft X650 quadcopter. Hats off to these guys.

Motology Films
Adam Riemann’s YouTube Channel

A couple of weeks ago we posted the Offroadpeople 2011 video. This is the 2012 version of their off-road motorcycle trip from Moscow toward the Urals. It’s videos like these that make you want to grab your friends and go.

It’s also videos like this that make you say, “Huh, I didn’t know you could remove a tick with a piece of thread. Very clever.”