Our first ‘topside topic’ discusses the the overloading craze, and how it can benefit photographers who want to get better landscape and astrophotography pictures.

Dalton is in the process of outfitting his new Jeep Gladiator to get ready to go on some photo expeditions in the near future, so it’s a perfect time for him to educate us on what this craze is all about and how photographers can make the most of it.

As a Landscape photographer we are constantly looking for new places to explore & shoot, especially in the western U.S. were you can find some gorgeous vista’s, canyons and mountains off the beaten path and they are only accessible by 4-wheel drive, ATV or hiking. So getting to those places that most people can’t, and bringing back their beauty, I think is an essential part of being a landscape photographer.

When was the last time you heard someone talk about Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend? Both beautiful over photographed places and I hear about them daily or see them posted on Instagram multiple times a day. When you are at Antelope Canyon, it’s like being at Disneyland and you are herded like cattle, then you are told where to stand and only given one minute to get your shot and that’s after you pay extra for the photo tour and to be able to take your tripod. But what most people don’t realize is that there are several slot canyons around the Page area that are similar, maybe, dare I say better. If you want to see what a cattle call it is check out the guys at Fstoppers video on their experience at Antelope Canyon. https://youtu.be/_wTwQszZtUM

So outfitting a vehicle to get into the backcountry and carry the equipment needed for a multi-day expedition can be the most expensive piece of “kit” you can get. I have chosen the 2020 Jeep Gladiator as my platform, since I have owned several jeeps in my life, I am very familiar with their track record for being able to go any where and ease of modifying, it was a easy choice.

A few of the mods I have already done:
• 2 1/2 inch lift with Fox shocks
• 35 inch Milestar Patagonia tires on factory wheels
• Rugged Ridge Spartacus stubby bumper
• Badlands Apex 12,000lb winch
• Smittybilt 5.65 cfm compressor
• KB Voodoo Max Modular bed rack

Mods still to come:
• Tuff Stuff Alpha hardshell roof top tent
• MaxTrax
• Camp Kitchen

So I hope you guys enjoy the podcast and let me know in the comments if you have started an overlanding project.