Overlanding 101. Everything you need to overland.

Hey Crucible adventurers, Today is overlanding 101. I am going to tell you everything you need to be an “overlander”. First, you need to buy an adventure vehicle, don’t spend any less than $40,000 on the rig. You should be able to get that out of an arm and leg on the black market. Then you need to get yourself a 12v fridge/freezer for your food. Because a cooler just sucks to try to use for more than a few days. Next, you need to buy at least 100w of solar panels as well as some portable panels for outside base camp. Set up a backup battery or two, so you can run all the equipment that you need

 

Here is a list of the minimum gear requirements: Lights, fridge, GPS units at least 2, Ham radio and a CB radio. Then invest in a great Roof top tent as well as an awning to aget out of the sun. Then you need…. I’m just joking around. Look, the only things you need to be an “overlander” and “Forge an Adventure” is this a vehicle that you can put miles on. And an absolute unstoppable desire for adventure. 

I started my overland adventures in a 1995, Subaru Outback that had 200,000 miles already on it. I didn’t have any fancy equipment or gear; I had a sleeping bag and pad, and a desire to get lost in the wilderness around me. I did do a few things to improve the comfort and its capability, I dropped the back seats down and tinted the hell out of the windows. I also hung a curtain behind the driver and passenger seat so you couldn’t see into the sleeping area. I put a tote in the back with dehydrated food, water bottles and a cheap pocket stove that I bought from a discount store. I also did have a hand-held CB radio unit that I got for cheap on an eBay auction. I still remember the first two trips I took in that thing. The first was up Payson Canyon in Utah with a couple of friends that were driving lifted four-wheel-drive Ford Bronco 2 rigs. 

 

 It took me a little longer to get to the spot, and my poor subby was coated from hood to tailpipe in mud, but hey, I made it. I put the back seats down and laid out my sleeping pad and bag. Nothing special, but It was awesome. The second was a lot longer. I loaded up a couple of coolers with food and water and disappeared into the desert around the Goblin Valley area of Utah. I had no cell phone reception and nobody with me. It was honestly one of the most peaceful times of my life; I relaxed in the back cooking my dinner. Watching the clouds drift through the sky miles away from the nearest person. I watched the sunset with the back hatch wide open and the sounds of the fire crackling and popping just beyond the back of the car. Drifting to sleep with the call of the wild reverberating in my ears. Disrupted only by the distant howls of a few coyotes.  

 

 Guys, I am serious when I say this – all you need is some ingenuity and the burning fire in your heart to explore. There was this one trip, I use that term lightly in this situation. I wanted to go to a particular gun show here in Utah to get some ammo. This is around the time when .22 ammo was rare to come by and if you did you were limited to one or two boxes at most. A friend and I decided to go up a day early and camp out in the parking lot so that we could be the first in the doors. The security guard at the venue where the show was being held saw us and told us we couldn’t be in the parking lot yet. So, we talked for a minutes and decided to try and crash in the gas station parking lot next door. I had it easy with the tinted windows, drop down curtains and the pocket stove you wouldn’t have been able to even tell I was there. My friend, on the other hand, was trying to sleep in his driver’s seat and had to keep going into the gas station to buy stuff so they wouldn’t call the cops on him. I don’t think they would have but hey who could blame them for making some extra cash. Know this is in the middle of Salt Lake City, the Capital city in Utah and here in the parking lot you have these two crazy 24 year old’s camping out just for ammo. I still laugh to this day about that night, and some of the crazy things that happened. It was however, one of the best times of my life.  

 

Here is the thing though and I want to stress this. In my opinion, there are many kinds of Overlanders/Adventurers. You could be like me and disappear for days on end into the mountains or, you could hold up in your loft apartment reviewing your lines for your next shot at a Broadway stage. What I mean by that statement is this, no matter what your dream or goal is, the “adventure” that Crucible is talking about in our motto is just that. It’s the desire that is in your heart and is pushing you every day to LIVE. I honestly support everybody in their own adventures and continue to hope that all my overlanding family does the same. Get out there, stick your neck out and get dirty. Enjoy what life throws at you and remember to stay fluid, that way, you can shift your path to whatever your heart is screaming for. Keep it up, and keep the Crucible community up to date on your adventures. We really do enjoy hearing the stories from around the world. Let us know of your travels as well as your goals in the comments. You never know you may find someone else in this community on the same path. 

 

Thanks for dropping in. I do hope that my ramblings help you to get out there, and experience LIFE. Until next time. 

Crucible Cam 

 

Coleman Dual Fuel Stove, Is it the best?

Hello, my fellow adventurers. I would like to tell you guys about the stove that is mounted in my rig. It is the Coleman Dual Fuel Stove. I absolutely love it and, basically, use it every day. It has become a staple piece of equipment, not just for camping and overlanding, but everyday life. I use it to cook my lunch when I am at work, and for coffee when I’m in the garage working on a project. Hell, I have even used it while doing yard work; I hurried and made some food so I wouldn’t make a mess in my wife’s kitchen. Now, to what you guys really want to hear; some tried and tested proof for this thing. It boils 2 cups of water under 3 minutes. That comes in handy when I make Mountain House Meals or Top Ramen with canned chicken. (Tastes like mom’s chicken noodle soup!) It does take a little while to make coffee in the system I have, but it’s an old percolator. However, it gets the job done.

 

I have been honestly surprised on how efficient it uses the fuel as well. I fill it up once or twice a season, and that’s about it, which is fantastic for a forgetful person like me. And the other great thing about it, if I forget to fill the fuel reservoir, all I need to do is snag some gas from the vehicle and I am back up and going. I have only used the Coleman brand fuel in it, so I don’t know how it does with Gasoline. I will try it out and update this article later; but if it is half as good as the Coleman fuel you will have nothing to complain about. The built-in wind guards have been a life saver on some of my back-country explorations. Even though, the current layout of the kitchen drawer hinders the proper deployment of them. They still sit close enough to the actual cooking surface to protect the flame. Being able to remove the grate for easy cleaning has reduced the amount of adult language around my campsite when it comes time to clean up. Not to mention, being able to remove that same grate and, on occasion, use it over the campfire for that authentic ash covered and overcooked hotdog that everyone has had. Considering the overall size that has such a tiny footprint, it is easily justified in having a permanent location in the back of my vehicle.

 

 Here are some of the technical specs for you guys to look over.

  • Dual Fuel™ design conveniently burns Coleman® Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline
  • 1 gallon of Coleman® Liquid Fuel lasts as long as 4.5 cylinders of propane
  • Wind Block™ panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes
  • Band-a-Blu™ burners for reliable cooking power
  • All-Season Strong™ technology provides reliable operation in all weather conditions
  • 17,000 total BTUs of cooking power
  • Fits a 12-in and 10-in pan at the same time

Whether you’re staying in a cabin, tent, or under the stars, the Coleman 414-700 Two burner dual fuel stove will enhance any camping adventure. Equipped with one 13,500 BTU burner and one 11,000 BTU burner you can whip up a meal in minutes. The Coleman Stove operates with 3.5 pints of clean-burning Coleman Fuel or unleaded gas. You get up to 8.5 hours of constant burn time when fully filled.

 

Now, that you have heard me talk about the things I love about it; let me tell you my complaints. I do believe it could be a little easier to ignite. There may be an easier option, and I may just be working harder not smarter, but that is honestly the only complaint I have. I have been trying to come up with more cons so I don’t come off biased, but when you get yours, you will fall into the same category that I am in now; scratching your head, trying to come up with something bad to say.

 

 

All being said, if you are looking at getting one of these to replace the propane stove, that you probably have right now, there are two options I would recommend:

First, the one that I currently have, which is the Coleman dual fuel Powerhouse version. http://amzn.to/2pb7ykR It is the more expensive version at $169.99, but is perfect for a family of 4-6. Unless, you’re like me and really enjoy your food a family of 2, the powerhouse version is perfect for you.

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Second, the Coleman dual fuel Guide Version. http://amzn.to/2qBR7PC It is a little smaller with only 14,000 BTUs, but does have a larger 4.5-pint fuel tank. It is also a bit more budget friendly at $83.44, currently on Amazon.

I know they both are more expensive than most propane models, For Example;

The Texsport Rainer compact dual burner. http://amzn.to/2qbq6pt Currently $40.57 on Amazon.

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Or the Texsport Compact Single burner. http://amzn.to/2pNvHAI Currently $24.25 on Amazon.

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However, if you add in the cost of the small propane bottles as well as the extra space to bring a few, the dual fuel options make the most sense, in my opinion. I can’t forget to mention, I personally know people using their grandfathers Coleman Dual Fuel Stoves. These things really stand against the test of time. I hope this has been helpful for you guys. However, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below, and I will reply to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping in, I really do appreciate it. Until next time. Remember, there is a whole world of wonders around you. Get out there and “Forge an Adventure.”

Crucible Cam