An essential feature of all the Adventure Overland Shows are the Seminars, free-to-attend talks given by both professional and amateur speakers.

Providing fascinating tales of adventure, coupled with advice and tips galore, they have become so popular we’ve had to increase from one to three rooms to accommodate all the talks.

Now with the introduction of the International Campervan Show featuring mainly two-wheel-drive vehicles, it opens the field up to an even wider audience though a greater range of subjects.

Provisional times of the Seminars at the Spring edition of the show (27-28 April 2019) follow, these however could be subject to change. A final definitive list will be available at the gate upon arrival at the venue:-

 

SATURDAY

10:00-11:00  Room 1       Lara Platman

Big Red’s restoration.

10:00-11:00  Room 3      Ida & Cezary Kolodziejczyk

A little 35,000 km motorcycle ride from Europe to Africa via The Middle East.

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11:00-12:00  Room 1       Zoë Cano

On yer bike.

11:00-12:00  Room 3      Mike & Sue Wood

Survival without Satnav – navigation for the nervous?

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12:00-13:00 Room 1         Jacqui Furneaux

7 years, 20 countries, no plan!  Hit the road Jac!

12:00-13:00  Room 3       James Davis

Personal security when overlanding.

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13:00-14:00 Room 1         Ben Coombs

To the bar – the story of the Pub2Pub Expedition. 

13:00-14:00  Room 2        Duncan Gough

Back Roads Iberia” – The REAL Spain of small towns and villages off the beaten track.

13:00-14:00  Room 3       David Lovejoy

Bushcraft & overlanding, they go hand-in-hand.

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14:00-15:00 Room 1         Dave Lee

Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

14:00-15:00  Room 2      Kirk Pearson, Alan King, Darren Roberts

SmartTrail’ – How driving UK greenlanes can lead to worldwide overland adventures.

14:00-15:00  Room 3      Graham Naismith

Overlanding with a family.

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15:00-16:00  Room 1       Billy MacLeod

Helping veterans through adventure.

15:00-16:00  Room 2      Ben Coombs

Survival of the quickest – Across Africa … in a Porsche!

15:00-16:00  Room 3      Matt Bishop & Reece Gilkes

Around the world on a scooter with a sidecar.

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16:00-17:00 Room 1         Ren Withnel

What is an adventure? Dream big but learn to make any travel an adventure.

16:00-17:30  Room 3       Maximillian ‘Max’ White FRGS

No gear and no idea: a loop of planet Earth.

 

SUNDAY

10:00-11:00 Room 1        Richard Matthews

Where to start with overlanding.

10:00-11:00  Room 3      Matt Bishop & Reece Gilkes

Getting sponsorship for your trip and do you really want it?  How we got sponsored to ride around the world on a scooter with a sidecar.

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11:00-12:00 Room 1         Ren Withnel

Scotland – Recommended.

11:00-12:00  Room 3        James Davis

Exploring Morocco’s Empty Quarter: Expeditions to the Remote Rekkam Plateau.

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12:00-13:00  Room 1        Duncan Gough

Travel to bring the world into ‘you’, not ‘you’ into the world – ways to travel and ways to record your adventures.

12:00-13:00 Room 2         Neil Foulks 

Road Trip New Zealand.

12:00-13:00  Room 3       Kirk Pearson, Alan King, Darren Roberts

SmartTrail’ – How driving UK greenlanes can lead to worldwide overland adventures.

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13:00-14:00  Room 1      Dave & Angela Spinks

Medical emergencies abroad – take heed.

13:00-14:00  Room 3      Dave Lee

Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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14:00-15:30  Room 1      Maximillian ‘Max’ White FRGS

How you can make an award winning documentary whilst living in a bike shed.

14:00-15:00 Room 3      Richard Pyshorn FRGS of Survival Wisdom Ltd.

The psychology of survival – the will to live.

 

SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Lara Platman  “Big Red’s restoration”

A Photojournalist by profession, in 2018 Lara completed a solo 500 hour (19 month) nut and bolt restoration on Big Red, her 1964 Series 2 Land Rover –

this while at the same time building a house!

Plus, when commissioned to photograph the Isle of Hebrides, she slept in a tent for nearly 7 months through snow and summer, before eventually moving to a croft at the final month.

An interesting character for sure.

 

 

10:00-11:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  Ida & Cezary Kolodziejczyk  “A little 35,000 km motorcycle ride from Europe to Africa via The Middle East”

Ida and Cezary have travelled on a motorbike, mostly 2up around various corners of the world such as The Himalayas, North to South America, Asia. The last adventure was 22 countries across Europe, though Iran and the Middle East, down the eastern coast of Africa to Cape Town.

Spending 8 months on the road they would like to share their experience and memories from their travels, some tips on how to make it happen, what is essential and what we learned for the next adventure.

This will cover documentation and visas, camping gear, parts for the bike, tips on how to open yourself for an adventure prep, budget and time versus unexpected situations, adjustment to what you meet on the road – plus – daily life on the road: Food, sleeping, people, border crossing, money, ATM’s … and importantly, how not to kill each other when travelling 2up!

 

11:00-12:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Zoë Cano  “On yer bike”

Author of ‘Bonneville Go or Bust – On the Roads Less Travelled’, ‘Southern Escapades’, ‘Chilli, Skulls & Tequila’, ‘Hellbent for Paradise – Tales from Aotearoa’, Zoë has had the spirit for adventure travelling from an early age.

A dedicated biker, some of her many exploits include a challenge to row the entire length of the River Thames from its source in the centre of England to Greenwich, travelling solo through the Amazon (setting up a Charity for drawing attention to and helping protect the Amazon Rainforest, our planet’s heart),

walked distances along the Great Wall of China, navigated on horseback the Peruvian Andes, the Moroccan Atlas Mountains and with the wildlife migrations across the Kenyan Masai Mara, and crossed the American Continent solo, without assistance, back-up or sat-nav, on a classic Triumph Bonneville T100.

11:00-12:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  Mike & Sue Wood  “Survival without Satnav – navigation for the nervous?”

Hosted in the main by Mike Wood, his credentials are certainly impressive … 33 years in the British Armed Forces (a host of ‘specialised’ branches), schooled in all types of navigation techniques, Combat Survival instructor (Desert, Tropical, Maritime, Arctic). 3 trips to Morocco solo, unsupported to Western Sahara delivering medical and dental packs to remote communities.

Built (and still building) 2 overland camper Defenders, the latest with an Alu-Cab roof. If you need to know about navigation, Mike’s your man!

Also, to add a little spice to the talk, alongside him will be his better half Sue.

Apparently she has some strong views on the subject from a non-driver’s perspective – they are a team after all – so to hear both sides of the coin will be mighty interesting.

Don your tin hats folks, it could get messy!  Tom Mc (Event Director)

The title of the seminar says it all, what on earth do you do when your SatNav packs up? Nowadays we are increasingly becoming dependant on electronic navigation, in fact technology in general.

Of course all this wizardry can be brilliant, but only when working. Mike and Sue explore the strengths and pitfalls of SatNavs, and importantly what to do when things go wrong!

12:00-13:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Jacqui Furneaux “7 years, 20 countries, no plan!”  Hit the Road, Jac!

Traveller, motorcyclist, writer, speaker, Jacqui reveals the story of her unexpected and unplanned lengthy journey through 20 countries with her trusty 500cc motorbike. It tells the reasons for this epic trip and how a six-month holiday became a seven year way of life in Asia, Australasia and the Americas. Hear how a 50 year-old nurse becomes a mechanic and adapts to life on dusty roads and goat tracks from the mountains to the sea, through barren deserts to lush jungles.

Topics covered include … How it all started; the 500cc Enfield Bullet motorcycle; the travel method and tips on how to do it; benefits and disadvantages of being female in this activity; triumph over adversity; people met along the way; highs and lows, fun and fear!

The talk lasts for about an hour including time for questions. It’s peppered with pictures but is NOT a slide show of beautiful landscapes and sunsets. It will appeal not only to motorcyclists and travellers but to anyone who could do with a bit of inspiration to follow a dream.

A book about her travels on a Royal Enfield entitled ‘Hit the Road, Jac!’ was published in September 2017.

12:00-13:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  James Davis “Personal security when overlanding”

Canadian born and UK based, James ‘Tembo’ Davis has been overlanding and working in international security for 30 years.

He has lived and worked across Africa and currently advises a network of over 100 humanitarian organisations working in some of the world’s most dangerous areas.

He will present tools and tips that anyone can use to make clear and informed decisions when assessing actual risks facing overland journeys.

 

13:00-14:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Ben Coombs  “To the bar – the story of the Pub2Pub Expedition”

In the summer of 2017, Ben and a colleague set out to achieve the impossible – a road trip from the northernmost bar on the planet, to the southernmost – in a classic TVR sports car!

Their planned 27,000 mile route from just 700 miles from the North Pole to Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America crossed 25 countries on 3 continents, and took in everything from the High Arctic to the Peruvian Altoplano … to the deserts of the American west … to the endless gravel tracks of Patagonia. Coping with temperatures of over 50°C and altitudes of almost 5,000m above sea level, it pushed their trusty steed to the limit.

Exactly why this self-imposed challenge came about and how they implanted their madcap scheme – all will be revealed.

The phrase “The lengths some folk will go to get a decent beer” springs to mind!

13:00-14:00 (Room 2 – Sat)  Duncan Gough  “Back Roads Iberia” – The REAL Spain of small towns and villages off the beaten track”

In this presentation Duncan draws his talk from more than 30 years of journeys in Spain. Mainly but not exclusively by motorbike.

The emphasis of the presentation is on the REAL Spain of small towns and villages off the beaten track, of unusual and interesting places that few tourists may have found.

It is also about the Spanish character and culture, and how to make the most of interactions with this generous nation.

Also covered are some of the more important legal and road safety issues, with a dash of ornithology and history thrown in for good measure.

 

 

13:00-14:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  David Lovejoy “Bushcraft & overlanding, they go hand-in-hand”

How bushcraft compliments successful overland travel.

A self-confessed, adventurer, cynic and overland nut, Dave’s spent a ridiculous amount of his life travelling near and far – on foot, canoe, boat, motorbike and by 4×4.

In his spare time he is a builder for, designer of, teacher and instructor, plus ‘friend on the phone’ for many overland travellers.

Also Captain of a group entitled ‘Beardy Overlanders On a Budget Society’ (yes … BOOBS), he and the group can be found in the grandstands complex virtually opposite the white marquee that houses the Indoor Trade stands.

It’s open house so make sure you call in and say “hello!”

 

14:00-15:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Dave Lee  “Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail”

Vietnam; the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War/Second Indochina War 1955-1975.

Dave has been running motorcycle tours in Vietnam for many years.

You will be surprised how accessible this beautiful country (North and South) can be.

 

 

 

14:00-15:00 (Room 2 – Sat)  Kirk Pearson, Darren Roberts and Alan King  “SmartTrail – How driving UK greenlanes can lead to worldwide overland adventures”

The seminar will include sections on expedition planning, preparation and kit, plus a large section on route planning featuring “SmartTrail” – the ATUK bespoke greenlane route planning database.

 

 

 

14:00-15:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  Graham Naismith  “Overlanding with a family”

Frustrated with commuting and the 9-5 regime, in 2008 Graham, his wife and 3 young daughters decided to buy a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser Amazon 4.2L TDA  and drive 30k miles overland from the UK to and around Australia via China.

The seminar details the preparation, sponsorship, the journey, what they got right and wrong, the dangers, the myths and, probably the hardest bit, the coming back.

Ten years later he’s written a book which will be launched at the show.

 

15:00-16:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Billy MacLeod “Helping veterans through adventure”

Veterans In Action (VIA) is a charity that helps veterans who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult.

VIA take a non-therapy approach and instead use the outdoors, adventurous activities and expeditions to help veterans rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.

Over the last 9 years VIA have undertaken a series of walking expeditions covering 13,500 miles across the UK with over 500 veterans suffering from PTSD.

In 2017 VIA started a new project called Veterans Expeditions Overland. The intention was to strip and build 1 x Land Rover Defender 110 and 3 x Land Rover Discovery 1’s, preparing them to expedition standard.

The finished vehicles were then used to undertake an overland expedition driving from the UK to Greece and back with a group of veterans suffering from PTSD. Unfortunately one vehicle took a 75m tumble down a mountain in Bosnia rolling 7 times. All occupants walking away unscathed, a testament to the team’s mechanical skills! Having self-recovered back up the mountain post-event, the team repatriated the bruised and battered vehicle back to the UK and are now preparing to rebuild it.

15:00-16:00 (Room 2 – Sat)  Ben Coombs  “Survival of the Quickest – Across Africa.  In a Porsche”

Ben has been undertaking overland journeys for over a decade now. His vehicle-based travels have so far covered around 90,000 miles in about 80 different countries, always in a relatively ill-advised 2wd steed.

Particular highlights of his travels so far include the subject of his talk – England to South Africa via the likes of Syria, Egypt and The Sudan in a classic Porsche, a mere 13,500 miles crossing 26 countries … … driving a Bajaj Auto-rickshaw TukTuk 2,000 miles across India and Nepal, from Calcutta to near the Kashmir border … a 14,000 mile blast from England to Singapore via Vietnam and Cambodia with a 1990 V8 Chevrolet Corvette and ’78 Rolls Royce …

cycling across Iceland’s barren interior … several miles off the coast of Estonia, driving on the frozen Baltic Sea in a Jaguar XJ6 … heading over the High Atlas Mountains to the Moroccan Sahara in a classic Rover P6 … tackling the 2006 Mongol Rally in an Austin Mini … emulating Top Gear by riding the length of Vietnam on a decrepit 110cc Honda … a crazy jaunt through Arctic winter blizzards in a little Fiat 126 … and just last year he completed a 27,000 mile journey across 25 countries, from the northernmost bar on the planet to the southernmost, at the wheel of a TVR Chimaera sports car.

The latter by the way is the subject of his seminar on Saturday (27th April 2019).

15:00-16:00 (Room 3 – Sat)  Matt Bishop & Reece Gilkes  “Around the world on a scooter with a sidecar”

Matt and Reece will talk you through their 34,000 mile journey around the world.

They arrived back in to the UK in January 2019 as the first people to ever circumnavigate the globe on a scooter with a sidecar having travelled through 35 countries in 15 months on the road.

The final part of their journey saw them drive 10,000km’s back from Vladivostok, Russia in winter!

The lads faced driving temperatures as low as -40C and they certainly got the charity challenge they were after – their journey raised money and awareness for the fight against modern slavery.

 

16:00-17:00 (Room 1 – Sat)  Ren Withnel  “What is an adventure? – Dream big but learn to make any travel an adventure”

So … what exactly is an adventure? Do you really need to travel 10,000 miles?

Do you have to take 6 months off for an expedition?

Can adventure only be found in far off lands or can it simply be something that fits into a week or even a day.

Does it need to break the bank?

We encourage you to stop fretting about trips not being far enough or long enough or difficult enough to be worthwhile or fulfilling.

Dream big but in the meantime learn to make any travel an adventure.

 

16:00-17:30 (Room 3 – Sat)   Maximillian ‘Max’ White FRGS  “No gear and no idea: a loop of planet Earth”

The Global Convoy were determined to see the world and meet all the wondrous peoples it contains. They bought cars for £150 and totally clueless, set off across Europe, Central Asia, Siberia and then over to the USA and south to Argentina.

Years from now, when academics intone about the DIY backlash to a modern society drowning in tech, then the Convoy’s story will be cited. The kids from Global Convoy are the new broom and they shovel in rosy-cheeked youthful enthusiasm at its best. No money, no gadgets, no fear — these are the kids your parents warned you about! – Austin Vince (Award-winning film director, author & adventurer).

 

SUNDAY

10:00-11:00 (Room 1 – Sun)  Richard Matthews  “Where to start with Overlanding”

Devonian born, Richard has taken on some mad overlanding trips.

Completing in the Mongol Rally, the first Global Convoy Circumnavigation of the World as well as a variety of other crazy trips around Europe.

But where do you start when heading out with your own overlanding trip?

There’s a fair chance Richard will have the answer!

10:00-11:00 (Room 3 – Sun)  Matt Bishop & Reece Gilkes  Getting sponsorship for your trip and do you really want it? – How we got sponsored to ride around the world on a scooter with a sidecar”

It took Matt and Reece two years to plan their circumnavigation of the globe.

They spent very little of that time looking at maps.

Instead, they spent most of their time working out how they were going to pay for it.

Go along to their talk, find out how they managed to get the money and kit they needed to go around the world and get some helpful tips on getting your trip sponsored.

 

 

11:00-12:00 (Room 1 – Sun)  Ren Withnel  “Scotland – Recommended.”

Beautiful Mountains and the wee beasties. Wonderful coast and variable weather. As easy or as hard as you like.

A seminar focusing on getting the most from the Northerly bits of Britain.

11:00-12:00 (Room 3 – Sun)  James Davis “Exploring Morocco’s Empty Quarter: Expeditions to the Remote Rekkam Plateau”

Morocco has always been one of the favorite destinations for adventurous overlanders, but few have ever set out to explore the remote and little known Rekkam Plateau, also known as Morocco’s Empty Quarter.

Long dismissed by those looking to see all the better known Moroccan attractions, the vast interior of the Rekkam often remains unexplored.

After several expeditions to this remote area, James Davis will present a video and talk about what everyone has been missing: wide open desert plains, wind carved valleys, old roman forts, real Bedouin nomad camps, sand dunes and a a real sense of discovering something new.

James is a long time overlander, author, military veteran and founder of Popski’s Private expeditions.

12:00-13:00 (Room 1 – Sun)  Duncan Gough  “Travel to bring the world into ‘you’, not ‘you’ into the world – ways to travel and ways to record your adventures”

In this presentation Duncan talks about how to make the most of travel.

Thoughts on language, culture and society that an awareness and practice will mean the difference between interacting and assimilating, or merely passing through.

 

 

 

12:00-13:00 (Room 2 – Sun)  Neil Foulks  “Road Trip New Zealand”

Laying down the bare bones of an itinerary which you may wish to take or create your own from my journey, I concentrated on the state of the highways, cheap accommodation and the beer, along with some jokes and funny situations I ended up in along the way.

Keeping it simple and to the point, Road Trip New Zealand is packed full of information to make your trip just that little bit easier.

What started off as a motorcycle trip quickly became something different as Karma made the important decisions for me along the way.

With no plans and the open road at my feet, I covered 6,000 km in 25 days on my journey around both Islands of New Zealand at the end of the winter when the tourists are scarce and the roads are almost empty.

Road Trip New Zealand is available as an A5 size paperback or as an eBook on a memory stick.

 

12:00-13:00 (Room 3 – Sun)  Kirk Pearson, Darren Roberts and Alan King  “SmartTrail – How driving UK greenlanes can lead to worldwide overland adventures”

The seminar will include sections on expedition planning, preparation and kit, plus a large section on route planning featuring “SmartTrail” – the ATUK bespoke greenlane route planning database.

13:00-14:00 (Room 1 – Sun)  Dave & Angela Spinks  “Medical emergencies abroad – take heed”

The ultimate nightmare scenario of all overlanders? Quite possibly!

Dave & Angela of Polaris Overland share their experience of having to deal with a medical emergency in a remote country overseas, where no one speaks English and the administration has no idea how to deal with a foreign patient. The horror of an Uzbek State Hospital, how choice of travel insurance is critical.

A presentation telling the story of Angela’s emergency surgery (and of course the associated implications) after coming off the Pamir Highway in Uzbekistan.

13:00-14:00 (Room 3 – Sun)  Dave Lee  “Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail”

Vietnam; the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War/Second Indochina War 1955-1975.

Dave has been running motorcycle tours in Vietnam for many years.

You will be surprised how accessible this beautiful country (North and South) can be.

 

 

14:00-15:30 (Room 1 – Sun) Maximillian ‘Max’ White FRGS  “How you can make an award winning documentary whilst living in a bike shed”

Most award-winning documentaries have huge budgets, scores of specialists and can take years to finalise. This one was stitched together by some broke friends in a bike shed and took just over a month!

The Global Convoy have honed their skills of budget to record your next travel and videography and have made just about every mistake in the book! Whether you want to make a feature-length film or just want to record an overlanding trip, they’re here to share all the tips and tricks they’ve learnt along the way, as well as common film-making pitfalls.

From pre-adventure storyboarding and equipment requirements, through to interview techniques and the final editing process, they lay everything out step by step, followed by a Q&A at the end for any individual specific questions.

14:00-15:00 (Room 3 – Sun)  Richard Pyshorn FRGS of Survival Wisdom Ltd.  “The psychology of survival – the will to live”

Tales of human survival in extremis have always held a public fascination: think of climber Joe Simpson, frostbitten and starving, dragging his broken leg for four days to reach his mountain camp in Touching the Void (Simpson, 1988). Or the Uruguayan rugby team who survived an airliner crash in the Andean mountains by eating the flesh of their dead friends before a small team left to seek help in Alive.

There exists a natural admiration, a mix of respect and incredulity, for people who have endured life-threatening duress; who have faced death and come through alive whilst others around them have perished. We tend to view such survivors as possessing a quality above the ordinary; a strength of character, a purposefulness or drive to overcome the crushing physical and psychological duresses they encounter: a so-called, ‘will-to-live’.

Excerpt from a paper “Survival Psychology: the won’t to live”, published by Dr John Leach of the University of Portsmouth, the UK’s leading expert in survival psychology. Having worked with John and other leading survival psychologists at the UK Military’s survival school, where Richard was the former training manager and John Hudson is the current Chief Instructor of UK Military SERE Training.

Survival Wisdom was formed to help travellers and explorers, to understand how things can develop on a remote journey, and learn how to tune in and sense when things are tumbling out of control, develop both physical and psychological measures to react more effectively in emergencies.

Richard Pyshorn FRGS will deliver a 45 minute brief on the fundamental concepts of Survival Psychology which is vital for any expedition or remote journey emergency plan. He will also take questions on survival planning and strategies.

Some of our clients who have benefited from our participation and training courses:

Mike Perham – Yachtsman Former World Record Holder

Coxless Crew – World Record Holders

Channel 4 TV series “Mutiny”

As Seen from The Sidecar – First around the world on a moped and sidecar

Hollywood A-lister Terri Hatcher learning new skills

Teri Hatcher – Hollywood actress

The British Sailing Team

Great Ormond Street Hospital

John Hudson (one of the founders of “Survival Wisdom”) – Discovery Channel’s “Dude You’re Screwed” Series 1 & 2

Ed Stafford – Discovery Channel’s Versus John Hudson “First Man Out” series

… plus many more!

 

 

PREVIOUS SEMINARS

“Here’s what you could have won” to quote Jim Bowen, host of classic 80s/90s TV programme ‘Bullseye ‘

Purely for your interest as they’ve clearly been and gone, the following talks took place last September at the Adventure ‘Late Summer’ Show 2018. The list will however give you an idea of the variety the seminars, plus of course you may still want to contact the speakers via the links provided:-

We are indebted to the following speakers, all of which are non-paid it has to be said … each and every one a dedicated enthusiast in their own right, only too willing to pass on their considerable knowledge for those that follow.

 

SATURDAY [Sept 2018]

10:00-11:00   Paul Crittenden   “Get Out of That – Vehicle Recovery”

When your vehicle loses traction, breaks down, or gets stuck, whether it’s in a remote desert, a vast salt pan or a muddy riverbed, it’s a little too late to start thinking about how to recover yourself and your vehicle safely and successfully. Paul has almost 100,000 miles of 4×4 exploration on four continents under his belt, including a 4½ year circumnavigation of the world. In this session he’ll share how he prepares himself and his gear for those hopefully rare occasions when forward momentum is lost.

 

 

 

11:00-12:00   Emma Print          “Encouraging More Women to Say Yes to Overlanding – Some Tips and Tricks for Live on the Move”     

Emma has spent seven years living and working in confined spaces; from the heat of a 4×4 in the desert and the cold of a Rocky Mountain winter, to the trials and tribulations of a superyacht chef. Along the way she has accumulated experience learned the hard way, that she will pass on so that you don’t have to!

 

 

 

12:00-13:00   Duncan Gough    Travel to Bring the World Into ‘You’, Not ‘You’ Into the World

Author Duncan Gough will be talking mainly about one of his favourite destinations – Spain – and how as a cultural and geographical bridge to Africa and Arabia it is a great place to develop significant techniques for making the most of your travelling.

NOTE: At 14:00 hrs on Saturday in the “Adventure Travel Author’s Zone” (located in the main grandstand), Duncan will be giving an additional talk entitled Writing Your Adventure” – Travel Writing techniques to get the best from recording your travels. Whether your transport is 2 or 4 wheels or even more for that matter, the concepts for writing blogs to full-blown books is basically the same.

 

 

13:00-14:00   David Lovejoy       “Bushcraft & Overlanding, They Go Hand-in-Hand”

How bushcraft compliments successful overland travel. A self-confessed, adventurer, cynic and overland nut, Dave’s spent a ridiculous amount of his life travelling near and far – on foot, canoe, boat, motorbike and by 4×4. In his spare time he is a builder for, designer of, teacher and instructor, plus ‘friend on the phone’ for many overland travellers. Also Captain of a group entitled ‘Beardy Overlanders On a Budget Society’ (yes … BOOBS), he and the group can be found virtually opposite the white Semiar Sessions marquee. It’s open house so by all means call in and say “hello!”

 

14:00-15:00       Paul and Marilyn Longden                   “Overlanding in North America”

Everything you wanted to know but we’re afraid to ask. 10000 miles of guns, bears, private healthcare, language difficulties, escort agencies, probably the world’s friendliest people and some amazing landscapes. Vehicle of choice – a 1996 Mercedes 814d van, possibly the only one in North America. What could possibly go wrong?!?

 15:00-16:00   Linzi Anne Allcock & John Bowling  “Converting Overland Vehicles”

The pros and cons of the different vehicles; how they practically cope on the road/when travelling; mistakes; the ultimate overlanding vehicle + showcasing the latest project called ‘Icarus’.

 

 

 

16:00-17:00   Van den Bout and friends   Kalahari from Buckinghamshire to the Bush”

Our Journey Around South West Africa. Planning the trip, the route we took, the complications and the recommendations.

 

SUNDAY [Sept 2018]

10:00-11:00   Jenny and Gavin Lowrie   Ruby the Landy Drives the Americas”

Jen and Gav spent 2 years in Ruby, their Land Rover Defender 300 Tdi driving across the Americas, returning at the end of May 2018. Their talk will include a whistle-stop tour of the planning and preparation for the trip, useful kit, the journey, the breakdowns, the magical moments and the things they learnt along the way.

 

 

 

11:00-12:00   Austin Tucker  “Through The Alps & Pyrenees in 4 Weeks”

What it’s like to live out of your rig for an entire month off-road through some of the best areas Europe has to offer overlanders, plus what to plan for. 

 

 

12:00-13:00   Bill Lawler       “Adventure Overlanding Across Three Continents With Our Xpcamper”

For for the last 18 months Bill and his wife Julie have been touring in their V2 XPCamper. Starting in California they have done both American continents from Alaska to Patagonia. They shipped from Uruguay to Belgium early this summer, have just left Russia en route to Stratford-upn-Avon via Spain. They intend to cover Africa, Asia and Australasia in the next two years.

 

 

13:00-14:00       Jo Vansittart and Bruce Lee     “Travelling Around Southern Africa”

Our trip across Southern Africa over the winter of 2017 travelling in Betty Buster, a 4WD Mercedes T2 814 Vario converted by Bruce. Having shipped it down to Namibia we spent 5  months travelling round the southern states of Africa from Walvis Bay to Durban via Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

14:00-15:00   Paul Crittenden   “Creating an Overland Vehicle That Works For You”

There are no end of people exerting that theirs is the ‘Ultimate Overland’ vehicle build,  but is this an irritating concept and a dangerous fantasy? It’s easy to get drawn in by the excitement and technical hype and create something shiny, expensive, and impressive –  but unsuited to your actual needs. Currently on his third overland vehicle build, in this talk Paul will help you to think about your build in a different way, and come up with solutions and answers that work for you.

The original Global Convoy was a ‘Round The World’ overlanding adventure which crossed 4 continents, 46 countries, 5 deserts, 5 seas and 7 mountain ranges and it had hundreds of different people – from 33 different nationalities – involved from beginning to end.

 

15:00-16:00   Richard Matthews  “Overlanding in Central Asia with a Budget Vehicle”

Don’t all round-the-world travellers look like this?

Based on his adventures on the Mongol Rally and the Global Convoy Expedition, Richard will be talking through his experience of overlanding through Central Asia in more impractical vehicles and what the benefits are for taking this novel approach.

An Adventurer, Public Speaker and Expedition Planner, Richard will open your eyes what can be achieved WITHOUT breaking the bank!