White Christmas in San Diego

I’ll be the first to admit it.  Last week’s ‘snow trip’ was kind of…light.  But come on, we’re in San Diego – you can’t expect us to get a real dump, right? Wrong. I mentioned in the last article that despite the proximity to a city synonymous with summer, our local mountains are good for one or two legitimate dumps …

Snow in San Diego!

We’re ten days out from our New Year’s expedition in the Sierras and our minds are on powder.  So when our local mountains surprised us with the season’s first snowfall, a day trip was an easy sell to the team. Mount Laguna is one of San Diego’s true hidden gems.  With the coast dominating most of the attention, not much thought …

Trip Report: Ocotillo Wells

Welcoming winter in southern California is more than planning ski trips.  Around this time, the extreme desert temperatures start giving way to moderate climates, and thus the start of desert season. With our latest project begging to be tested, we took off to Anza Borrego for a day trip shakedown. Our CB radios arrived a couple days before, and we …

07 4Runner: Joining the ranks

Last month, we welcomed Ben Marriott as Outworld Overland’s Ops Director.  Logistics expert, outdoor aficionado, and part-time freestyle rapper – Ben brings a healthy balance of professionalism and creativity to the project.  Our first task was finding him a project rig, and that search ended with a 2007 4Runner Limited. We took advantage of the stock fuel efficiency while we …

Mammoth Mountain to Mount Whitney

It’s officially ski season, and we wasted no time in getting up for first runs of the year. This was supposed to be an up-and-back trip, so we decided to task our newest project rig, the 2007 4Runner, and give it one last road trip while it was still stock. We’re used to long-haul overnighters. Driving 6+ hours, arriving in …

sPOD SE Power Management

When I was building my first rig in college, I was most concerned with looks.  I cringe thinking about stupid shortcuts and things overlooked in getting the aesthetics up to snuff, but c’est la vie.  But we all know – either pay up front in preparation, or you’ll pay down the road when it mattered most. Nearly a decade later …

Deer Park to Indian Portrero

Tis. The. Season. Fall is in the air. Leaves are falling and football is finally back. And while San Diego is mostly known for yearlong summer conditions, San Diego county offers far more than just its coastal climate. One of my favorite day trip spots is to Mount Laguna in the Cleveland National Forest. Located about 40 miles east of …

Toytec Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Suspension is one of the first targets when off road modifications come to mind. Partly because of the convenience of kits, most of the attention is focused on shocks and coils. And while you are certainly capable with a simple lift, or stock for that matter, it is important to understand the other components that make up your suspension. 3rd …

Welcome to Outworld Overland

It’s been 3 months since we launched Outworld Overland. Our goal is simple: build, explore, and capture. I hoped to launch this blog at the beginning, but we started out with a laundry list of mods in the queue. With a nice lull in the madness, it’s a great time to unveil our plans. The bulk of our efforts are broken …