JeepersDen Adventures was started by Ricky Artes on a trip that came up while driving north to a show in Pennsylvania. We have always been adventurers and in to the outdoors anyways. He has been camping and enjoying outdoors since very young in Puerto Rico where his parents were in an off road club “Los Poderosos” with their Suzuki Samurai. He moved the US in 1985 and got his first Jeep YJ in 1995 where his future had been changed. In 1998 he started the Orlando Jeep Club where camping and adventuring was a normal weekend thing. In 2003 he got busy with JeepersDen for some years and the bustle of life but decided it was time to explore, travel, and enjoy the outdoors again, so the Outer Banks trip in 2016 came about. Once that trip was finished and being able to get out, explore new places, disconnect from society with friends, JeepersDen Adventures was going to be a normal thing in his life.
As for right now we are only planning on North America travels. Every trip we take makes us better, changes us, and makes us hungry for the next adventure. We do this with our family and friends with fully capable rigs of staying out in nature for days at a time. Go out and explore, travel, experience this wonderful land we live in. See you out there somewhere!
Overlanding - is a vehicle supported, self-reliant adventure travel, exploring remote locations and enjoying the outdoors
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Overlandjournal does a great job of explaining what Overlanding is and the different ways to do it.
Overlanding describes self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-highway capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and often spanning international boundaries. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose.
Car Camping - Traveling in a vehicle to an established campground. If there is a picnic table there, it is probably car camping.
Back Country Adventure - A one-day or multi-day off-highway trip on an adventure motorcycle or in a 4WD vehicle.
Overland(ing) - Vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures.
Vehicle-Dependent Expedition - An organized, vehicle-dependent journey with a defined purpose, often geographic or scientific in nature.
Expedition Vehicle - A 4WD vehicle or adventure motorcycle prepared for self-reliant travel over long distances, through unpredictable weather and over variable terrain.
Technical terrain can be encountered throughout the journey, and the travelers may even seek out the most challenging route to a destination as part of their experience, but overland travel is not the same as recreational "fourwheeling", where the primary objective is overcoming challenging obstacles. The critical point to the term overland travel is that the purpose is to include at least two or more of the following: 1. Remote locations, 2. Cultures other than your own, 3. Under-explored or under-documented regions, 4. Self-reliance in unfamiliar territories for multiple days, weeks or months. That is to say, an overnight trip to the local mountains on a well-documented route, staying in an established campground with full-hookups, is not an overland adventure, it is a backcountry trip or at the very least, car camping.
Primary purpose: Exploration and adventure travel
Duration: Typically a week to many years. Can be only a few days if the route is particularly remote, challenging, or infrequently traveled.
Logistics: Detailed planning is required for environmental, geographic, and geopolitical contingencies.
Route Finding: Navigation is easy, typically on known routes that are well documented
Camping: Remote or established campgrounds
International Borders: Rarely includes crossing of international borders
Risk: Low risk to personnel, moderate risk to equipment on more challenging tracks.
Terrain: Backcountry travel often includes challenging trails as part of the adventure, with trails like the Dusy Ershim and longer routes in Moab, Utah being an example.
What is Overlanding? (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.overlandjournal.com/overlanding/what_is_overlanding/