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2015 Northwest Overland Rally

Toyota Tacoma from the 2015 Northwest Overland Rally

The 2015 Northwest Overland Rally, held June 25–28 in Plain, Washington, brought together overland and adventure enthusiasts from all across the world for four days of classes, trail riding, and camaraderie. In fact, there were people from as far away as Australia and South Africa in attendance this year.

There were all sorts of vehicles from Jeeps to motorcycles; Ram trucks to Range Rovers; tiny Toyotas to massive Unimogs and more 4×4 vans than we’ve seen in one place.  Bushwacker had a booth with our 2015 Ford F150 as well as a custom Dinoot trailer with Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares. We had a great time meeting attendees, answering questions, and talking about our host of products—even if it was over 100 degrees in the shade!

Jeep JK with Bushwacker Flat Style Fender Flares

Jeep JK with Bushwacker Flat Style Fender Flares

The blisteringly hot daytime temperatures topped 100 degrees every day we were there. And although things moved at a bit slower pace, everyone still had a great time—the nearby river and several sprinklers also helped event goers and campers beat the heat, as did proper hydration. Things would begin to cool off as the sun set, and at the nightly campfire, Bushwacker gave away some swag, including hats, can koozies, and two $250 gift certificates.

Advanced recovery class

There were classes on all sorts of things from wilderness first aid to wine tasting; fly fishing to advanced vehicle recovery, as seen above. If you’re wondering what you’re looking at in the above photo, logs were hung from the top of the truck using recovery straps. These act as outriggers in case the vehicle were to fall off during a log bridge crossing and would theoretically keep the rig out of the ravine below. As you can see in the photo, it actually worked. When the truck drove off the crossing, the logs underneath it went against the rock sliders and kept the vehicle upright—a pretty cool trick. It’s these kinds of unique scenarios that were taught in the advanced vehicle recovery class.

Fire fighting class

In the fire fighting class, as seen above, a number of techniques were demonstrated to best put out a variety of fires. And with a dangerous fire season on the horizon for the Pacific Northwest, this class couldn’t come at a better time.

A number of media outlets were in attendance, including Overland Journal and Expedition Portal, where contributors and staff gave talks on photography and travel. A preview of the first episode of Expedition Overland (of which Bushwacker is a sponsor) was also shown.

There were numerous vendors selling everything you could possibly need on your next grand trek, whether it’s across the globe or just for a weekend camping. From winches and bumpers to lights and air compressors; apparel, camp gear, and more—it was all offered at the Rally.

The Northwest Overland Rally is a great place to meet other off-road enthusiasts who also have a passion for self-sustained vehicle travel, aka, overlanding. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for late June of 2016. In the mean time, here are some more photos from the event.