Join Drive The Globe at Overland Expo East 2018

Overland Expo East 2018 Nov 9-11 Asheville, North Carolina

This is the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world's leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle and motorcycle equipment and services you need to get outfitted and get going.

This massive event is nearly sold out so don’t miss out. Be sure to stop by our Drive The Globe camp and say Hi, we would love to meet you!

This year the expo is being held at REEB Ranch just south of Asheville North Carolina. November 9-11 2018.

Michael Ladden, of Drive The Globe will be teaching the following courses at the 2018 edition of Overland Expo East:

Choosing The Right Vehicle For Your Adventure

Failure is not an option. After your personal safety the most important decision of your adventure is choosing your transport. Carrying capacity vs. maneuverability, fuel types, old vs newer design technology, gadgets or simplicity, suspension choices, trailer vs solo truck, and sleeping arrangements are just some of the considerations. Michael will provide insight into vehicle selection as it relates to your adventure and destination choice, with some emphasis on Unimogs, Land Rovers, and Jeeps that he has put into use over the past 25 years of overland trips.


Saturday November 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Demo Area #K17 on the map

Seminar, Planning & Logistics


FOCUS Vehicle

ADDITIONAL NOTES Seminars are open to BOTH Overland Experience and Weekend / Day Pass attendees.

Paranoid or Practical? Real-life tips for security on the Road

Learn how to deal with safety concerns, sometimes real, often imagined. There’s the bogey-man waiting to pounce in the next town, and uprisings in different parts of the world. What should we believe? This is an important roundtable discussion for travelers who might be accustomed to carrying a weapon in the U.S. but who learn this is a serious offense in other parts of the world. The panel will share tricks and tips learned on the road: arranging hidden compartments in your vehicle for storing valuables, keeping a wallet containing outdated visa cards to hand a would-be assailant, and other less-conventional ideas.

Robert and Nina Blackwell

Instructor / Presenter

Nina and Robert commenced their overlanding career in 2009-2010 with a 19 month, 60,000 mile adventure from Seattle to Dead Horse Alaska and Tuktoyaktuk Canada to Ushuaia Southern Argentina and back. In July 2012 they commenced their latest odyssey in a yellow Unimog camper that would last 5 years, cover 80,000 miles, cross two oceans and travel around the world, exploring North America, Siberia, Mongolia, Central Asia, Europe, the Baltic, the Balkans and the UK.

MichAEl Ladden

Instructor / Presenter

Michael Ladden has explored over 50 countries on 5 continents. He founded Drive The Globe Overland Adventures in 1996 and completed a vintage Land Rover expedition across 8000 miles of the African wilderness in 2001. He has led expeditions from the Arctic Circle to the jungles of the African Congo and Timbuktu. Michael has 25 years of experience outfitting Unimogs, Land Rovers and Jeeps. When not traveling, Michael is an avid cyclist and pilot.

Sunny Eaton and Karin Balsley

Instructor / Presenter

Sunny Eaton and Karin Balsley have spent the last 3 years on the road in their Landcruiser 80 with a rooftop tent. They spent 2 years driving through Mexico and Central America. They are currently driving the United States and Canada as they prepare for South America. They have written a book called "I Can. I Will. Women Overlanding the World." Next year, they begin leading women's overlanding retreats in Costa Rica.


Saturday November 10, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Roundtable Pavilion #M17 on the map

Roundtable, Safety & Security


World Land Rover Day

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Land Rover

World Land Rover Day is celebrated on April 30. To watch the broadcast and take part in the celebrations, go to at 3:00PM EDT and use the hashtag #LandRover70Years

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The U.S. market will be celebrating World Land Rover Day at its new 12 acre headquarter campus in Mahwah, New Jersey with a gathering of people and products of historical significance for the brand in North America. Members of the winning 1993 American Camel Trophy U.S. team will be reunited with vehicles that competed in the rally that year in Malaysia. The company will also have an original 1987 North American Spec (NAS) Range Rover Classic from the first year Range Rover was sold in America, and several examples of the NAS Defender sold in America from 1992 to 1997. The day will be capped off with an award ceremony for the new Land Rover Discovery from Four Wheeler magazine. The fifth generation Discovery was recently honored by the magazine as its Four Wheeler of the Year for 2018, continuing a tradition of off-road leadership for which the Land Rover brand was built on 70 years ago.

While 2018 marks the 70th anniversary for Land Rover globally, the U.S. market celebrated the brand’s 30th anniversary in America in 2017 with record annual sales of 74,739 units, buoyed with the addition of the all-new Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar to the brand’s product portfolio.

Nissan Armada Brings It On

Built for this year’s Overland Expo West event, the Armada Mountain Patrol appears to be outfitted with wider fenders, a lift kit, rock rails, a steel bumper and winch, off-road tires, a snorkel, auxiliary lights, and a light bar. Around back, it looks like Nissan added a steel rear bumper and winch, a spare tire, traction mats, fuel canisters, and mounts for other overland hardware. The roof also features a rack that supports a tent and awning. Actual parts and features won’t be announced until next month, but based on these renderings and sketches, the Armada Mountain Patrol is off to a good start.

Glickenhaus Shows Off Amphibious Boot For Transcontinental Trip

The idea of a Transcontinental expedition has been proposed before. Several years back we were involved in an idea to cross the Bering Strait via Land Rover with a modified pontoon flotation device. After testing we determined it is far easier said than done. Will this new project work? That is anyones guess, but an interesting read just the same.


New Road To Tuktoyaktuk Opens

New road marks the end of an era.

A $300 million dollar all season road project that took 4 years and several decades to plan opens November 15, 2017. For those of us who had the opportunity to drive the seasonal ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk it is a bittersweet moment. That road was only open each year from mid December to April, leaving Tuk isolated the remainder of the year. It was quite an experience driving first on the Mackenzie river passing frozen ships on the way and then driving on the Arctic Ocean before reaching the frozen town of Tuk. 

The following images were taken on the ice road during Drive The Globe's Arctic Circle Expedition in 2007.

For more information and news regarding the road opening: