Ten years after its original release — and at least eight years since second-hand copies began fetching astronomical prices on eBay — the bible of overlanding is available once more. It’s no longer an underground secret of expedition professionals, because independent travel should be accessible to anyone.
Whether you’re planning a weekend excursion close to home or a major crossing of unexplored territory, the demands of both types of trip are similar; only the scale is different. This absolutely comprehensive manual deals with every phase of the journey: Equipment and Clothing Selection, Storage, Communications, Vehicle Selection and Modification, Navigation and Maintenance, and more. Did you ever wonder what type of upholstery fares best on a desert trip, or how clean different fuels are by region of the world? That’s covered too, in exhaustive detail. The section on Driving and Recovery techniques alone is worth the asking price. For those with bigger dreams, there’s even a chapter on Team Selection and Training.
This isn’t a manual of theory. The author, Tom Sheppard, is an ex Royal Air Force test pilot with 40 years of overlanding experience in some of the world’s most unforgiving places, including six solo Sahara expeditions since 2001. He also led the first coast to coast crossing of the Sahara from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, which gained him an award from the Royal Geographical Society. Sheppard’s gift for writing about complex topics with simplicity and clarity has made this book the most sought-after source of overland advice by those in the know.
The book is published by Desert Winds in the UK. Those in North America can grab a copy from Overland Video. Highly recommended.