“The book is meticulously organized, covering a broad range of topics covering topics such as expedition planning, vehicle preparation, equipment selection, navigation and survival skills. It is an all-encompassing manual that caters to both the novice and experienced overlander alike.”
The Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide, Edition 5+ is an indispensable resource for any adventurous soul seeking to embark on an overland expedition. Authored by Tom Sheppard, a renowned explorer and seasoned overlander, and Jonathan Hanson, experienced expedition expert and OVR contributor, this book offers a wealth of knowledge and practical advice to help readers navigate the challenges of long-distance off-road travel in remote and demanding environments.
From the moment you delve into the pages of this guide, it becomes evident that Sheppard and Hanson’s expertise and passion for vehicle-dependent travel shines through. The book is meticulously organized, covering a broad range of topics covering topics such as expedition planning, vehicle preparation, equipment selection, navigation and survival skills. It is an all-encompassing manual that caters to both the novice and experienced overlander alike.
One of the standout features of this guide is the emphasis on vehicle preparation. The guide recognizes the importance of having a well-equipped and reliable vehicle for off-road adventures. It uses the hard-earned experience of its authors to provide detailed insights into choosing the right vehicle, worthwhile modifications and maintenance tips.
The book also does a great job in its coverage of navigation techniques. Sheppard and Hanson offer in-depth explanations of traditional and modern navigation methods, including GPS, compass use, and map reading. They push the importance of mastering these skills, particularly when venturing in areas where technology may fail or be unreliable. Another noteworthy aspect of the Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide is its focus on environmental and cultural responsibility. Sheppard and Hanson emphasize the need for travelers to respect the ecosystems they traverse and the communities they encounter. The book includes guidelines on minimizing one’s impact on the environment, interacting responsibly with local populations, and preserving natural and cultural heritage. We appreciate the Guide’s ethical approach, which reflects the authors’ commitment to sustainable and respectful travel.
The book is accompanied by many illustrative black and white photographs, diagrams, and illustrations, providing helpful visual aids that enhance the understanding of various concepts. The inclusion of real-life case studies and personal anecdotes from Sheppard’s and Hanson’s extensive travels adds richness to the reading experience, making the Guide engaging and relatable.
Funny enough, the one minor drawback we dare to point out about this guide is its sheer size and the intimidating volume of information it contains. At 620 pages thick, the vast amount of content it contains can be overwhelming for readers. Sheppard and Hanson certainly furnish us with almost too much information, not that we’re complaining. The Guide can be treated as an essential reference manual in almost all aspects of vehicle-dependent expeditions. That said, the book’s detailed table of contents and comprehensive index makes it easy to locate specific topics.
The Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide, Edition 5+ is undoubtedly the definitive resource for anyone with a passion for overland travel and exploration. Authors Tom Sheppard’s and Jonathan Hanson’s collective wealth of experience, meticulous research, and genuine love for the subject shines through in this comprehensive guide. Whether you are a seasoned overlander or a novice adventurer preparing for your first expedition, this book will equip you with the knowledge needed to undertake vehicle-dependent travel with confidence. Available now for $80 at exploringoverland.com.