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Professional 4WD-Based Service Provider: Outfitter/Guide, Trainer, Scout, Photographer, Writer
Professional 4WD-Based Service Provider: Outfitter/Guide, Trainer, Scout, Photographer, Writer

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Ghost Divide Expedition: Overland to the Overland Expo West 2018

Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE] – Overland Adventure to the Overland Expo West – Sunday, May 13th through Thursday, May 17th, 2018 – Professionally guided by Jake Quinones of New Mexico Backroads

Invite: Attention all 2018 Overland Expo West bound Overlanders, Adventurists & Nomads! If your prospective 2018 Overland Expo West trip involves copious amounts of pavement, roadside diners, and dingy motels, consider airing-down, engaging 4WD, and taking the path less traveled with New Mexico Backroads.

Register Now: Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the 2018 Ghost Divide Expedition, email NMBackroads@gmail.com for additional driver/equipment requirements and registration details will be provided.

The Experience: This May, NMBR will be guiding a 500-mile expedition en-route to the Overland Expo West that will traverse New Mexico and Arizona’s loneliest backroads. The GDE route will cover three unique areas—Gila National Forest, White Mountains, and Mogollon Rim. Over two-thirds of the Ghost Divide Expedition route will be comprised of unpaved backroads.
The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide a demanding (yet rewarding) experience—the days will be long, the terrain will be rugged, and the pace will be brisk. All nights will include camping and enjoying the company of fellow overlanders, deep in the backcountry. For those that join in, the only guarantee is that they will conclude their adventure with new friends, dirty rigs, big smiles, and an accomplishment that will make their fellow overlanders envious.
2018 will mark the 8th year New Mexico Backroads has guided a multi-day expedition in connection with the Overland Expo West; this year’s route will be the longest, roughest, and best yet. The Ghost Divide Expedition route will include a diverse range of scenery, history, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. Landscapes and terrain will include desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, wildland burn scars, and dense forest with elevations ranging from approximately 4,250 to 9,575-feet. Road types and conditions will include washboards, two tracks, primitive non-maintained, graded, mountain shelf, dirt byway, and (least of all) pavement. The Ghost Divide Expedition will provide outstanding vistas, historic landmarks, and wildlife viewing opportunities (including Mexican grey wolf territory). During the overland based adventure, NMBR will cover a variety of topics including area history, vehicle maintenance, overland tool kit assembly, driving techniques, vehicle dynamics, and other 4WD-based skill building subjects.
Where & When: The Ghost Divide Expedition will take place in the week leading up to the Overland Expo; Sunday, May 13th through Thursday, May 17th. Participants will meet the morning of Sunday, May 13th in southern New Mexico; the departure location and details will be provided during the GDE registration process. The Overland Expo West begins the morning of Friday, May 18th and ends the evening of Sunday, May 20th.
Planning & Preparations: The Ghost Divide Expedition will require participants to be self-supportive with regards to vehicle, equipment, provisions, meals, and supplies. Services or re-supply of any kind, including cell signals, fuel, food, water, or anything remotely civilized, will be unavailable for stretches of up to 225 miles or more (if re-routes occur). PLEASE NOTE: The majority Ghost Divide Expedition will take place at altitudes above 6,500-feet (in the high-country) where Spring temperatures can still drop below freezing and snow is entirely possible. Please understand that driving and camping conditions could be very cold, wet, muddy, and/or snowy during the GDE. If these possible conditions don’t appeal to you, or outside of your comfort zone for overland travels, please consider NMBR’s summer and fall based overland trips instead.

Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a series of informative overland travel based articles with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the Ghost Divide Expedition pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will be available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the GDE, NMBR will revisit many of the topics that were covered in the pre-trip period with in field demonstrations and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions and overland adventures and training challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

What past Ghost Dividers are saying…
"Just finished the Ghost Divide Expedition II with Jake Quinones, our guide at New Mexico Backroads and I just can't say enough of what a great time I had. The trip was seamless, the scenery and backcountry was just absolutely beautiful. But our guide made all the difference in the world. His knowledge and history of all the areas were outstanding, making the places we saw come alive. I never questioned his capability or his professionalism at any time. I would and will travel with NMBR many more times in the future! One trip off the bucket list. Now for the rest..." - Debbie W., Northern Arizona
“This was my 2nd trip with NMBR. Will do many more, I hope. Jake runs this like it should be run. Great guy and knows the area. Long days and lots of driving makes sleeping at night easy. One of the best parts of the trip is It brings you together with people that like the same thing as you. Great guide and great people make this trip worth going. Got to see parts of NM and AZ that not many people get to see.” – Pat B., Arkansas

More Information: Ready for your next great adventure? If you are interested in joining the 2018 Ghost Divide Expedition, email NMBackroads@gmail.com for additional driver/equipment requirements and registration details will be provided.
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Introducing the NMBR Prospector Power Wagon - Built in Detroit by American Expedition Vehicles

#aevconversions #bfgoodrichtires #nmbackroads #detroitbuilt #PowerWagon
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The Gila Legends Expedition is featured in the Summer 2016 Issue of Overland Journal. Subscribe to #overlandjournal at http://www.overlandjournal.com/

Want to experience the Gila Legends Expedition for yourself? Registration is open for NMBR's Summer Gila Legends Expedition - Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th - Email NMBackroads@gmail.com or visit www.newmexicobackroads.com for full details

The Gila Legends Expedition Experience: This August, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a five day [375-mile] expedition that will traverse New Mexico’s loneliest and most rugged backroads. NMBR has guided this route for American Expedition Vehicles, overland enthusiasts and a host of adventure based organizations. The Gila Legends Expedition is NMBR’s most remote and rugged route currently offered. This “expedition of a lifetime” includes a diverse range of scenery, historic sites, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America.
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Invite & Overview: Are you ready for your next great adventure? Registration is now open for NMBR’s Fall 2016 Camino del Tesoro Overland. 

Registration: Email NMBackroads@gmail.com to register and reserve your CDT spot

CDT | Northern New Mexico | 4 Days | 325 Miles | Elev. 6,500 to 11,200 ft. | NMBR’s Camino del Tesoro Overland will traverse the scenic high-country of northern New Mexico during the vibrant fall season—when the aspens are golden and the air is crisp. Areas of exploration will include San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, Taos Plateau, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and Valle Vidal.
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NMBR's Ghost Divide Expedition Featured on #expeditionportal  
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Gila Legends Expedition - This August, New Mexico Backroads will be guiding a five day [375-mile] expedition that will traverse New Mexico’s loneliest and most rugged backroads. NMBR has guided this route for American Expedition Vehicles, overland enthusiasts and a host of adventure based organizations. The Gila Legends Expedition is NMBR’s most remote and rugged route currently offered. This “expedition of a lifetime” includes a diverse range of scenery, historic sites, terrain, and backroads found nowhere else in North America. The 5-day, 375-mile expedition route features desert, grassland, chaparral, canyon bottoms, and lush forest with elevations ranging from 4,300 to 9,600 feet.
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Are you ready for your next great adventure?

Registration is OPEN for Summer Gila Legends Expedition – Monday, August 22nd – Friday, August 26th

Details – Gila National Forest of New Mexico | 5 Days | 375 Miles | Elev. 4,300 to 9,600 ft. | The Gila Legends Expedition provides New Mexico’s most rugged and remote overland route. Areas of exploration will include Black Range, Plains of San Agustin, Mogollon Mountains, Tularosa Mountains, Elk Mountains, Continental Divide, and Chihuahuan Desert.

USFS Authorized Overland Outfitter/Guide – New Mexico Backroads provides expedition and overland guide services for adventurists seeking rugged 4WD routes, unparalleled scenery, and professional guidance in the backcountry. Whether you’re a novice overlander or have completed multiple expeditions across the globe, NMBR will provide you with an adventure that suits your comfort level, experience, and 4WD vehicle. In the time leading up to a NMBR guided adventure, participants are provided with extensive preparations and information on how to prepare and what to expect. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided adventures challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.

Contact – Email NMBackroads(at)gmail.com for more information.
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The all new NMBR F-Toy #117 - Rough road ahead #bfgoodrichtires #exploremore #pathlesstraveled #nmbackroads
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Traction while climbing loose steep inclines is on par with the KM2. Spin out and breakaways are minimal when the differentials are both open in 4-low and non-existent when the differentials are both locked on the loosest and most angled terrain. The quality of traction the KO2 tires provide in these difficult conditions rival that of the knobbiest mud terrains on the market—a big statement for an all-terrain tire. The extensive siping found throughout the KO2’s iconic interlocking tread block pattern provide enhanced traction beyond the aggressive treads themselves. While the tread edges remain sharp and unphased after 15,000 miles of hard use, the sipes edges themselves display slight rounding—this indicates that the sipes are working hard and essential to the tread pattern’s performance.
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We found the gold.

Photo: San Juan Mountains | Carson National Forest | Rio Arriba County, NM | NMBR's 2015 Camino del Tesoro Overland | LINK - goo.gl/7L65Gt

#Overland #backcountry #NewMexcoTrue #outfitterguide #nmbackroads #usfs #carsonforest  
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