Full size vehicle class with Bill Burke
I've seen that a few people have mentioned wanting to take a Bill Burke class with their SMBs. He has one coming up in March at Anza Borego (should be a nice time of year there). Just passing along FYI.
2010 Anza Borrego Desert State Park – 2 hours east of San Diego, CA.
March 19-20-21 – Full-Size Expedition Vehicle Desert Training Adventure. $695./vehicle. Limit 5 vehicles.
This three day program will involve driving over actual terrain in the desert utilizing established roads that are off the beaten path; roads similar to what you would encounter when traveling on your adventure. We will camp out in route so this trip can be a shake-down cruise if you need it to be.
Technical aspects of throttle and brake modulation in technical terrain, steering control, vehicle dynamics for over-size high CG vehicles. Skill development for driver control and comfort in uneven terrain will be emphasized. Recovery training will include many winch scenarios, use of the Hi-Lift Jack, straps and “out of the box” techniques. We will work on Stuck Assessment and safe extraction so safe use of equipment will be second nature for you. Field repair topics for vehicle, tires and equipment will practiced and demonstrated. Diagnostics of engine and vehicle problems will be covered for base familiarity of your particular vehicle.
Camping and camp set up with cooking suggestions and food handling as well as camp site selection and awareness for self protection in the event of perceived threats from outside influences. As with all my training sessions we will cover: vehicle preparation, field fixes, map & compass/GPS navigation, driving in technical terrain and driving on adverse dirt roads, vehicle recovery, self-reliability, medical issues, back country skills and camping awareness.
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.