Originally Posted by bcls99
Years ago my wife and I had a BMW and at the time BMW owned Land Rover so we got an invitation to take a free one-day class at the Land Rover Driving School at the Equinox resort in Vermont. Great class. The instructor took us out in a Discovery and showed how to negotiate hills, mud, etc. and the tools available in the vehicle to help drive off road. I was wondering if anybody knows of a similar school/program for Jeeps. I searched the web and came across a school in Connecticut that's supposed to be fantastic and there is still the Land Rover course at various locations, plus I think I found one in Sedona, but not much else here in the northeast. Jeep itself doesn't seem to offer anything. I think it would be very helpful to have somebody who really knows what they're doing and is familiar with a Rubicon get in and show me how to maximize the driving. Even if I have to pay an experienced driver. Anybody done this or know of a program?
I've taken the short course done by Bruce Elftrom (the one in Connecticut) and it is unmatched. He trains the Navy SEALS and sets the criteria for offroad training for other military elite units.
It's called Overland Experts
and is the best of what's available.
The problem with relying on a club for instruction is that you learn other people's opinion, not always the best methods.
You'll never meet anyone more passionate about safety or more knowlegable about overlanding than Bruce and Dave.
Here they are showing my wife a trick with a HiLift:
And they'll be in Rockingham at the end of Semptember at the NE Overland Rally & Workshop
. This will be a great event to meet people in the field like them, learn some skills, see some new types of equipment.
Here's a slideshow from our SE event: