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Old 12-02-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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I recently attended a 4x4 driving course put on by Overland Experts in East Haddam, Connecticut..It was a wheeling adventure of sorts.. Overall it was a great course... A good "get back to the basics" program...Thought I'd take a moment to share some of the pictures...I think you guys will like some of these since they are rare to the US Toyotas ( like the HILUX) ...All of the vehicles were diesel (except the blue smurf FJ)...and some were right hand drive...The instructors were top notch and the environment was cool...Of course the trucks didn't have lockers(or we were not to use them)...and the vehicles weren't really "modified"...Basic add ons like tires, bumpers, and winches...Like I said it was the "basics" you would find for a somewhat stock vehicle. The owner of the company is big into the overland expedition stuff and guides trips overseas for those who want to go see Iceland and Africa in a 4x4...So the idea is to not break down or get stuck if you can avoid it...
I learned the most from the recovery class I think though, so Ill post up some pictures of that stuff as well...I also learned how to properly wheel with open diffs, which was alot more thought provoking then flipping on a locker switch...Ill post up some information too, some of it may be too basic for everyone around here, but someone else might learn something new...Ive got about 300 pictures to go through, so give me some time to sort through some to post.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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Here is some from the recover class:
HIGH LIFT jack recovery:


How to take up slack as the jack pulls the vehicle closer: Basically a daisy chain-



and this stick keeps from the not tightening on itself:



Highlift using a tire basket

and proper high lift operation

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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This was how they showed you what happens when you get the axles on different plains...You guys know this already, with open diffs, your not going anywhere...

This one didnt last more than 15mins into training, blown rear ring from just doing this..Must have had prior damge....

taught some hill climb techniques
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More recovery:
Anchoring for winching

Basket anchor

Choker anchor

The stick worked really well this way too to extend a tree strap..Gave a leverage point to undo the straps after 2 vehicle winching off the tree...


Basic winching safety and stuff


Hook should face up, so debris cant undo the gate

Winch line parachute
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Then it started to get more fun...


We had to use these ramps and traction mats bunch:


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Old 12-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #6
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Then we got the yellow submarine...old camel trophy land rover:
Showed proper technique for for fording water crossings..




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Sand pits...Hill climbs and decent:





And this guy....The tow strap was a great idea..this thing is an animal to get out of the earth once its been winched on...

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Last big event was a power line trail, to put all the training together...




And the beautiful country side on the way home..
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nice writeup.. thanks..

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That's awesome stuff right there. I wish there was something like that around here, i could let the girlfriend learn with the Burban. If this kind of stuff interests you checkout expedition portal forums
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That looks like a great experience.

I like the scenery....
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I have wanted to do something like this for a long time. Not going and doing it, but providing the service.

Thanks for the pics and write up.
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Yeah, its a cool venture for sure...The owner has this corner of the market peg'd...He does all the National Geographic stuff too...and there is an additional shool site in Virginia...He's a cool dude...and he has a good staff of instructors that compliment each other well...

For a few grand you can go and do an expidition with him...Sounds like a lot, but when you get down in the weeds on the details of what he has to do to pull it all off, the price is actually pretty reasonable...

Its a different type of wheeling, but it was fun and its still wheeling, so Id go do it again in a heart beat....
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That trip looks fun and boring at the same time. It would be a blast to go and do all that stuff but it would get redundant with all the procedures. I'm still jealous.
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Yeah , its definatley "safety oriented"...But had some good fundementals.
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