Author: Dean

Opinion/Educational/Humor

Update on Videos

Last month I announce the ECOA YouTube channel. Sadly, shortly after it went live, my new camera broke and I have been unable to film any additional videos. Seriously, sometimes I just can’t catch a break. That said, the channel is up and running and as soon as my camera comes back from the Canon […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

A response from Backcountry Discovery Routes Board of Directors

I like to update everyone who read my open letter to the Backcountry Discovery Route Board of Directors. They reached out to me earlier today and facilitated a conference call between their board and myself. I’ll start by saying I was a little bit nervous. While I wanted to bring attention to what had happened, […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

An Open Letter to the BDR Board of Directors

Dear Backcountry Discovery Route Board of Directors, I am a longtime fan of the Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) Series. Over the years I have logged countless miles along many of the routes. Some of my favorite travel memories in recent history are from traveling portions of the Utah (UTBDR) and Arizona (AZBDR) routes. I was […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 12

Time to wrap up season 2 of the podcast. I think the 12 episode format works well for keeping things organized. It’s also a good time for a little bit of a break while I work on another project. What is that project, well you’ll have to listen to find out. Other Podcasts worth Listening […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 11

Rounding out the trifecta of No Highways Tours is the 2017 trip where nothing went according to plan. Despite a broken tooth, a 2 day detour getting lost in Tonto National Forest, and more than a few closed sites along the way, I wouldn’t change a thing! I also learned a lot and those experiences […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 10

Picking up with the theme of the last episode, this time I take a look back at some lessons learned during the 2016 No Highways Tour. It started off with an overly ambitious plan, had a major false start, and a few mechanical woes. In the end it was still worth it! You can purchase […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 9

Facebook recently popped up one of those “on this day” reminders. It showed me a photo of the cargo box Jim and I built just before I left on the 2015 No Highways Tour. I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some of my thoughts and emotions […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Videos & Patreon

I went and did a thing. I bought a new camera. I’ve been teasing for far too long that I will be getting into video production, and I just got another step closer to that day. What’s happening with the blog and podcast? So here’s how it’s going to work. Things here on the ECOA […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 8

What happens when you get five Jeep enthusiasts talking about Jeeps? This. This is what you get. On this episode of the podcast Dan, John, Rodney, Eric, and I all talk about our love of Jeeps, what we don’t love about Jeeps, some Jeeps we’ve owned, and how our travels are influenced by the Jeeps […]

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Recovery

Recovery Gear Audit

A few weeks ago I mentioned in the Echoes of Adventure podcast that a great thing to do right now is take inventory of your gear and figure out what you have, what you need, and if there is anything you don’t need to take with you. This week I’m taking a look at my […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 7

In this episode Dan Zehner of the Anthem of the Adventurer hosts a virtual campfire with me, The Road Chose Me, and Family Adventures Overlanding. This is a great opportunity to sit back and listen to some ideas that we have for things you can do right now during quarantine, as well as little inspiration […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 6

This quarantine situation is hitting us all pretty hard. Those of us that are use to chasing horizons and exploring twisting dusty paths to nowhere are clawing at the walls. At least I am. Today we’re going to look at a quick list of five things we can do right now to prepare for our […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Intro to Overland Etiquette & Decorum

Over the years I have attended multiple overland themed events in a variety of locations across the spectrum of sizes. People often ask me what it’s like to go to a large event like Overland Expo and how it differs than a smaller regional rally. I’ve decided the time has come to pen my thoughts […]

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Overland Tech

Vehicle Electrical System Basics

Vehicle electrical systems can be somewhat scary for the uninitiated. I remember how nervous I was when I installed my first car stereo amp when I was in college. Now, many years and a lot more experience later, I honestly can’t say I’m any less nervous when doing vehicle electrical systems. When you hear about […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 5

One of the most influential variables for what I do as an adventure travel enthusiast was the decision to pull an off-road camping trailer. In this episode I break down the pros and cons that influenced not only whether or not I pulled a trailer but the type of trailer I pull as well as […]

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Product Install
Product Review
Trailer Tech

Plug & Play Brake Controller Install: The REDARC Tow-Pro Elite

As you know, one of the cornerstones of my overland adventure setup is my off-road camping trailer. Although not required by law due to its weight, it does have electric drum brakes. I like having trailer brakes because they are just as useful off-road as they are on-road. The LJ already has a brake controller […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 4

Picking up where we left off, this episode continues the discussion on planning a build. This time around we focus on modifications and the resulting complexities that accompany them. ———————————————————–

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 3

Time to tie a few episodes together and look at what it takes to put together a comprehensive plan for building an adventure vehicle. In this first part of planning a build we will examine choosing a platform based on objective and pragmatic criteria. In the next part we will then look at coming up […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

2020 Overland Skills Weekends

The time has come to get our learning on! For 2020 there will be FOUR Overland Skills Weekends. They will be as follows: March 13-15 = OSW #1: Basic Recovery April 10-13 = OSW #2: Communication & Navigation June 19-21 = OSW #3: Advanced Recovery September 18-20 = OSW#4: Trip Planning and Logistics Overland Skills […]

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Overland 101

Introducing the ECOA Reading Guide

After five years and just over 150 articles I think the time has come to finally put together a reading guide. This list serves two purposes. First, it is a way for people new to ECOA to navigate their way through the more popular articles on the site. Second, and more importantly, it’s a way […]

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