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Overlanding is growing in popularity; Festival in Central Pennsylvania
Airdate: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Most of us have seen video of four-wheel drive trucks or jeeps driving over rock strewn mountains or through creeks. Fewer of us have actually done what’s called Overlanding but it is becoming more popular.
And it’s not just the thrill of how one travels through a remote off-road place but Overlanding also involves camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Joining us on The Spark Tuesday was Matt Henwood, President of Main Line Overland, Mid-Atlantic, who described what overlanding is,”Overlanding is vehicle sustained travel, and that can be in a lot of different forms for different individuals. It could be in the form of a sprinter van. It could be in the form of a truck, camper or an SUV with a rooftop tent. It’s really just being able to get out into the backcountry, kind of far away from your standard campsites that you’d normally see and really get to experience what nature really has to offer.”
Henwood said that during the COVID pandemic, more people wanted to get outdoors and that’s one of the reason Overlanding is growing in popularity,”You can bring a lot of the creature comforts with you, with Overlanding, based on a lot of the equipment that’s become available in the last couple of years. It’s family friendly. So you can bring the kids with you, you can bring the pets with you and not have to leave anybody at home. There’s different levels of advanced trails you can hit. So if you are new to it or a little bit more nervous there are much more tame kind of trails that you could take that would be a lot less intimidating. There’s a lot of great people in the sense of community that you meet people out on the trails. It is really the connections that people remember.”
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania will be the center of the Overlanding universe this weekend with the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival.