The Expedition Overland Podcast
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Welcome to the X Overland podcast! The X Overland podcast is the place to learn about all things overlanding and get inspired with the confidence to go do it. The podcast will frequently feature Expedition Overland founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft, along with XO team members and a wide variety of special guests from around the overlanding space. We’re excited to share our conversations with you and dive into some behind the scenes details you will only get here!
EP43 | The Most Experienced Off-Pavement Driver in the Southwest – Nena Barlow
As an I4WDTA Master Trainer, Nena is currently engaged in working to help others become certified trainers in an effort to bring more effective off-pavement driving education to the vehicle-based adventure and overlanding community.
EP42 | Did We Experience an Overlander’s Paradise? Iceland, Scandinavia, and More with Clay Croft
Discussing everything from camping opportunities along the T.E.T. (Trans Euro Trail), to exploring European history, to river crossings in Iceland, Clay and Jimmy take a deep dive into a conversation about the subject of overlanding in Europe and Scandinavia.
EP41 | Desk to Glory’s Kickoff to Their Next Adventure
After spending some time discussing their work with Expedition Overland Season 5, The Nordic Series, Richard and Ashley share the details of their new build and the why behind their choice of platform.
EP40 | How to Ship Your Vehicle Overseas – Matt Hopkins
You may have imagined these dreams but are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of such an undertaking, or perhaps you’re committed to getting your vehicle overseas but are in need of some solid education on the topic.
EP39 | Working and Traveling as a Married Couple with Clay and Rachelle Croft
Relationships and marriages can be as tough as they are rewarding, and starting and running a successful business with your partner can present even more challenges.
EP38 | Overland Camp Cooking with Carol van Stralen of Epic Family Road Trip
Carol shares her own origin story as a camp chef, her original sources of inspiration, and how she came to understand the joy of cooking in all areas of life–especially while overlanding!
EP37 | Building Overland Storage with Brian Fulton, Goose Gear
Join the conversation as Brian shares the origin story and inception of Goose Gear, the evolution of his relationship with X Overland, and how he built a successful business around his passion for overlanding adventure.
EP36 | Overlanding and Outdoor Adventure with Children Featuring Megan Walthall
When it comes to taking kids on adventures in the outdoors, Megan Walthall has a lot of experience to draw from. The mother of three children (two girls and one boy), Megan and her husband, Bryan Walthall, have seen a lot in their years together adventuring as a family.
EP35 | How First-Time Filmmaker Laura Titensor Became an Award-Winning Storyteller
X Overland editor, Laura Titensor knows how to take risks and go after her passions. Now, this critically acclaimed filmmaker of her mini-documentary The Mark We Make is here to share her insight and story of how an idea and goal, turned into much more.
EP34 | How to Take Care of the Trails and Places We Love: Matt Caldwell, Executive Director of Tread Lightly
With the increased popularity of overlanding and vehicle-based adventures of all kinds, our campsites and trails on public lands are experiencing unprecedented use.
EP33 | Pursuing Your Dreams in Business and in Life: A Conversation with Jeremy Bergh of Alu-Cab Campers
Beyond the specifics of Alu-Cab and it’s history, Clay and Jeremy enjoy a conversation about success and fulfillment in both business and life, offering hard-won insight from the competitive area of the marketplace.
EP32 | Our 12-Year Overnight ‘Success’ & Thoughts on Toyota’s New Trailhunter
Clay and Rachelle have a long and colorful history of building their brand at the SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Listen to the many stories of their 12 years spent attending SEMA and how they went from wondering how to get inside the event to sharing the stage with Toyota at this year’s show.
EP31 | Traveling and Camping in Iceland with Tanner Johnson
Having recently returned from Iceland where he spent three weeks serving as photographer with the XO team while filming the Nordic Series, Tanner Johnson is eager to share his experiences and teach listeners all he can about overlanding and photography in Iceland.
EP30 | A Crash Course in Winter Overlanding with Clay Croft
When it comes to learning about winter camping and overlanding, you're in good hands with Expedition Overland founder, Clay Croft.
EP29 | What Are You Taking on Your Next Trip?
What is the best approach to packing for an overlanding trip or vehicle-based adventure of any kind? It may surprise you to learn that the first step is to have a conversation about desired outcomes and expectations.
EP28 | An Exploration of Overlanding and Adventure Travel with Paul May, Owner/Founder of Equipt Outfitters
Paul May, as he put it, “was overlanding before we called it overlanding.” Paul grew up in Utah exploring the beautiful and remote vastness of the state with his parents, developing a love of vehicle-based adventure that has lasted a lifetime.
EP27 | Why Did I Go To Morocco: Rachelle Croft
In this special one-hour + episode, Rachelle shares the details of this life-changing experience, discussing everything from the source of inspiration to participate to being lost in the desert after the start of the rally.
EP26 | Closer Look at Patriot Campers with Justin Montesalvo
Many overland enthusiasts consider Patriot Camper Overlanding Trailers to be the best in the world. The story of how owner/founder, Justin Montesalvo, became inspired to create the first prototype and ultimately start the business that has led him and his family on a new life journey is all here in this insight-packed episode!
EP25 | Beyond the Weekend: Big Expedition Planning with Scott Brady
Mindset, financial planning, vehicle selection and preparation, skills training, and team/family/group dynamics pertaining to big overlanding adventures are all discussed in detail here with accessible strategies and tips shared by both Scott and Clay.
EP24 | Overlanding Navigation and Route Planning with Kurt Williams
Behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser since he was 15-years-old, Kurt is now a successful business owner of Cruiser Outfitters, an accomplished off-road racer, off-road driving instructor, and certified Tread Lightly Master Tread Trainer (MTT).
EP23 | Overlanding as a Teenager with Cyrus Croft
For a seventeen-year-old junior in high school, an 8-week long overlanding odyssey through Scandinavia is certainly a departure from the norm, and playing a key role on an XO production crew is a large responsibility.
EP22 | Overlanding Safety and Security with Mike Glover of Fieldcraft Survival
When it comes to vehicle-based adventure travel and overlanding, we want to have fun while keeping ourselves and our fellow travelers safe. Whether we are traveling solo, with a partner, as a family, or as a highly capable team, best practices for staying safe and secure are presented here by former Special Forces soldier and C.I.A. operative, Mike Glover.
EP21 | Overlanding in Europe and Scandinavia with Rachelle Croft
Want to know what it’s like to go overlanding in Europe? Scandinavia? Norway? Fresh off the plane and back home from filming Expedition Overland’s Nordic Series, Rachelle Croft sits down to share her experiences.
EP20 | Team Member Series: A Conversation with Tanner Johnson
Along with learning more about everything Tanner does for the Expedition Overland team, discover his own backstory, interests and passions beyond the hangar by joining us for this inspiring conversation with a man who has become well-known and loved by XO fans!
EP 19 | Overlanding as a Family: Peter and Carol van Stralen of Epic Family Road Trip
Have you wondered how a family of five could transition from a conventional life in the suburbs to living life as full-time overlanders? The van Stralen family of Epic Family Road Trip provides an honest portrait of exactly what such a shift looks like.
EP18 | Who is Scott Brady? Clay Croft Sits Down for a Conversation with Fellow Adventurer, Scott Brady
Clay and Scott additionally enjoy discussing their shared traveling experiences while on expedition together in Greenland and on the E7 (Expeditions 7) expedition across all seven of the earth’s continents.
EP17 | Power Management Systems for Overlanding with John Brothers of REDARC
Here at Expedition Overland, we have used REDARC Power Management Systems for years. As a team that films our overland adventures, a capable and reliable power management system in our vehicles is essential to our work. That’s why we are proud to be partnered with REDARC Electronics and grateful for the exceptional quality of their products.
EP16 | Top Ten Mods for Your Overlanding Vehicle
Buying a vehicle with plans to set it up for overlanding adventure? Already own a vehicle you’re ready to start building into an overlanding rig? Whether you’re buying new or used, you will gain a lot of useful ideas by hearing Clay and Rachelle’s take on the Top Ten Modifications for your overland vehicle.
EP15 | Overlanding as a Couple: Richard and Ashley Giordano of Desk to Glory
Richard and Ashley’s experience will inspire anyone interested in getting started in overlanding, whether as a couple or solo.
EP 14 | 2022 Tundra Truck Build Details and Plans
Tanner and Clay share all aspects of building out X Overland’s newest vehicle: 2022 3rd Generation Toyota Tundra, “Orion.” Orion is the flagship vehicle for our new Nordic Series and has been built for comfortable long-distance overland travel.
EP 13 | Search and Rescue for Overlanding & Travel | What You Need To Know
What happens, exactly, when you push the S.O.S. button on your satellite communication device?
EP12 | 7 Years on the Road and Overlanding with Caroline van Stralen
Caroline van Stralen has been raised while overlanding around the world with her family. Jimmy Lewis, decides to sit down with Caroline to discuss her life and overlanding and future aspirations and ambitions.
EP11 | How to Film Your Own Overlanding Adventure
Ever wanted to start filming your own adventures? Then be sure to listen to this podcast to help get you started! X Overland is launching their second Overlander Film Fest in 2023!. In that spirit, the XO team would like to share some tips and insight to help new and experienced filmmakers alike.
EP 10 | Rachelle Croft, Ashley Giordano, and Megan Walthall dive into Overland Travel for Women
Rachelle Croft, sits down with Ashley Giordano (Desk to Glory/Senior Editor at Overland Journal and Expedition Portal) and Megan Walthall(Walthall Family SOLO Series and Great Pursuit Series) to discuss women within the overlanding space.
EP9 | How to Start Overlanding by Motorcycle with Peter and Dan van Stralen, “The Adventure Guys”
Dan, Peter, and Jimmy talk about overlanding and adventure touring via motorcycle, especially focusing on best practices for getting started. Dan and Peter are featured in the hit YouTube series “Epic Family Road Trip” (EFRT)
EP8 | Reflecting on Alaska: The Last Frontier
X Overland team member Tanner Johnson joins Clay and Jimmy to reflect upon our most recent series, Alaska: The Last Frontier.
EP7 | Building Our Trucks for Overlanding in Alaska
Learn about Clays’s strategy behind these truck builds and the roles fulfilled on the expedition by “Atigun,” “Raven,” and “Clone.” Also join in while we explore 33 vs 35” tires...
EP6 | Clay Croft Sits Down with Mike Pfeiffer of Last Line of Defense
“I’m a regular dude doing regular stuff. You can do it too.” This is the stated ethos of Mike Pfeiffer of Last Line of Defense. Join Clay as he sits down in our mobile podcast studio at Expo West with Mike Pfeiffer (LLOD) as the two discuss a wide variety of topics. How to become a successful...
EP5 | Going Scared with Jillian Rebekah
Rachelle sits down with fellow friend and traveler, Jillian Rebekah at Overland Expo West. Join them for a behind the scenes look into the beginning of Jillian’s start into overland travel and where she is now. Talking...
EP4 | Gearing Up for Overlanding
In the final episode of our four-part series about getting started in overlanding, Clay, Rachelle, and Jimmy focus on gearing up for overlanding adventure! Once you have selected a vehicle...
EP3 | What is the best approach to building an overland vehicle?
Join Clay, Rachelle, and Jimmy as they explore best practices for building an overlanding vehicle in the third episode of our series focused on getting started in overlanding. Different approaches to building overlanding vehicles, common pitfalls to avoid...
EP2 | What is the best overlanding vehicle?
Have you ever wondered what the best overlanding vehicle is? Among offerings that range from vintage Land Cruisers to state-of-art hybrid Toyota Tundras and from massive Earth Roamers to motorcycles–there is a lot to sort out when looking for an answer to this question...
EP1 | What is Overlanding?
What is Overlanding? In Episode 1 of the X Overland Podcast, Expedition Overland founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft along with co-host, XO Content Director Jimmy Lewis, do their best to provide an answer to this fundamental question...
EP0 Introduction | Who is X Overland & Why Are We Here?
In this prologue episode to the X Overland Podcast, listeners are introduced to Expedition Overland founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft, and given a brief history of “Expedition Overland” from its inception in 2010 till the present day along with an explanation of the X Overland Podcast...