As well being restrictions and social distancing mandates took maintain throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, increasingly people picked up Overlanding as a pastime. Many reveled within the alternative to return to nature, and the Overlanding’s recognition skyrocketed because of this. The Overland Expo Foundation has additionally benefitted from that surge in curiosity, and the group’s first-ever Pacific Northwest (PNW) occasion proved that the neighborhood solely continues to develop.
Held on the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, the inaugural Overland Expo PNW welcomed hundreds of fans all through the weekend of July 8-11, 2022. Each day, over 330 sponsors, exhibitors, and distributors welcomed vacationers from close to and much.
“As a native Oregonian, it’s been a delight having it here in my backyard so to speak,” famous Overland Expo communications director Nick Jaynes, “but truly having the community and a whole new audience show up, that’s been the delight.”
The occasion additionally provided academic packages and quite a few ride-along alternatives for guests. Specific to two-wheeled overlanders, the occasion allowed skilled riders to check the most recent journey and dual-sport fashions. Aspiring motorcyclists weren’t overlooked both, with the Motorcycle Industry Council’s “Ride With Us” program exhibiting novices the ropes.
“I really hope the people were educated and inspired, and that’s one of the things that really distinguishes Overland Expo from other outdoor shows is our hundreds of session hours of classes and roundtable discussions,” added Jaynes. “You can learn how to drive your four-wheel drive or motorcycle in our homemade courses here that we spend a week digging up and building, or you can do navigation, or cooking or self-defense. If you think of a topic, we probably have a class for it.”
Just days earlier than the occasion, PNW workers labored tirelessly to assemble the Overland Expo programs from 50,000 kilos of filth. After such a profitable pageant, the crew will wrap up in Oregon earlier than heading to Loveland, Colorado for Overland Expo Mountain West 2022 on August 26-28, 2022. If this yr’s Overland Expo West and PNW installments, the Mountain West version has excessive expectations to satisfy. Luckily, we don’t see the passion for Overlanding waning anytime quickly.