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Overland Training - 1 and 2 Day Courses

This is an introductory course to overlanding, 4x4/AWD skills and vehicle recovery for non-experienced and experienced folks alike. These courses can also be included as part of our custom built adventures.
Photos are for example only, locations vary according to conditions, permitting and level of training.

I keep the classes small and I conduct them as a "team-in-training". This comes from my years as a leader and trainer in Search and Rescue/Dive Rescue

( -100ft to +10,000ft, yes, you read that correctly ). I believe that team work should be standard practice any time you are on the trail with more than one person or vehicle. This is safer for the training group and helps keep all parties interested and more involved. I also believe that if you plan on overlanding with a partner that you are both equally trained, this greatly improves the enjoyment for both parties since you will now have an understanding of what each role (driver/navigator/spotter) entails and what to expect from the other person and makes planning your next adventure together much more enjoyable.

Day 1 - Includes an intro to map and compass navigation and route planning. Understanding your vehicles capabilities is key to knowing what obstacles you can tackle and so we'll take look at and talk about your vehicle and other 4x4/AWD vehicles and what limitations they might have. Additionally we go through recovery gear and understanding the basics for tackling a variety of terrain that you may encounter. That night we'll spend time around the fire talking about overland set-ups and camping, telling stories and getting more acquainted with our team.

Day 2 - We'll get into more detail on daily overland practices and add any details we missed on day 1. We will demonstrate safe winching/towing (and high lift jack use for the 4x4 training). Then we we'll finish the weekend with a challenging trail drive. All of this while camping in and enjoying the amazing scenery around us.



Professional 4x4/AWD guidance and training, overland camping tips n' tricks, a warm campfire at night, and strong French press coffee in the morning.



  1. Drive your own 4x4 vehicle (9 inches of ground clearance, low range transfer-case and minimum 31 inch "All Terrain" or "Mud Terrain" tires required).

  2. Drive your own AWD vehicle ie: Subaru, Rav 4, Sprinter, etc. (Minimum of 8 inches of ground clearance and good quality mud/snow rated tires and a FULL SIZE spare, the little "donut" style spare will not get you home when you are WAY out there).

  3. Rental options available (I have discount codes for you depending on style of vehicle you want to rent).


For this training you must provide:

Your own meals, tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, camp clothes, a warm clothing for the evening, sturdy shoes for hiking, a headlamp, a thirst for knowledge and a good community attitude.

2024 Dates

4x4 - March 2nd - 3rd

AWD - April 13th - 14th

(Fall dates and alternate locations to come)

Mojave NP 2 day training cost:

$950 per person 16yrs. and over.

$350 for children under 16yrs.

(max. is 8 people, 6 vehicles, unless it is a private group)

No Children under 10, unless it is a private group.

Call: 510.912.8618 or


to schedule your next adventure.

Accepted forms of payment are Zelle, Venmo and Paypal - Please Contact me before purchasing

Once you have booked your adventure or training you will receive an email with an itinerary, waiver and gear/vehicle check list.

By Permit of the Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park

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