Forest Safety News – Winter Driving

Forest Safety News – Winter Driving

Exploring BC’s back roads does not need to be limited to the fairer months.  Winter provides the perfect opportunity to explore these out of the way places and see them in a new perspective, in crisp winter light and perhaps even a dusting of snow.  However, whether you are embarking on this journey professionally or recreationally, there are several things that need consideration and preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 

As the driver of the vehicle you have a great deal of responsibility. Your are responsible for the safety of the vehicle, its occupants, your load if you are hauling one, as well as other drivers sharing the road.  As such, it is important that each journey be treated with careful, methodical planning and consideration.  This requires you to have a thorough understanding of your vehicle and the conditions which your are venturing into. 

Preparation is key when planning a trip in winter conditions. Before setting out on your journey, it’s a good idea to go through a check list to ascertain if all the requirements have been met to ensure a safe and successful trip.  Such a list should include but not be limited to having the correct temperature rated lubricants, oils, and fluids, proper winter tires, chains, emergency supplies, and a battery in good working order.   

Safety should also be a main consideration when planning these trips.  Both recreation and professional drivers should take the risk factors into account before embarking on a journey.  Knowing the weather forecast as well as road and avalanche conditions is a must.  This information will help determine whether the driver has the necessary skills and experience to handle the challenges or if other considerations need to be made such as the addition of a second driver and/or a lighter load. 

The skill of the driver and the quality of the vehicle counts for little if you do not have the correct winter tires. Regular all-season and all-terrain tires are not recommended, as they are not designed for operation in the colder winter temperatures that can be encountered at higher altitudes.  Tires with chains remain the best solution for those who must navigate winter roads regularly.  The proper tires will not only provide better tractions, but will also greatly improve stoppage distances, both of which are crucial when driving in challenging winter conditions.  When choosing chains,  make sure they are the right size for your tire and that they are correctly installed taking care that any extra chain is properly secured and cannot interfere with brake lines, axles, or any wheel sensors.  

Winter driving in BC’s back road can be challenging.  Weather and road conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly.  Thus, being prepared and well equipped is essential for a safe and successful journey.  Creating a check list, being aware of the weather and road conditions, performing pre and post-trip vehicle inspections, as well as an honest evaluation of your level of skill cannot be under stressed.  With the above considerations taken into account, you can now navigate these roads less traveled with a peace of mind and sense of security allowing your to relax and settle into the journey. 

Check out the original FULL article in the September 2020 Forest Safety News on pages 12-13.

Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

The Rebelle Rally 2021

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.

 Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 8 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass and road books.

Registration for 2021, almost sold out

This years competition registration is filling up incredibly fast. In fact, having just spoken to the Rebelle Rally we understand that there are only a few more spaces left to register for this years competition. If you want to compete, we suggest you register within the next few days.

Training for 2021

Being prepared to compete in the Rebelle Rally is extremly important. The competition is challenging, intense and highly rewarding. Give yourself every chance to succeed by participating in these tailored training programs. Join past and current Rebelle’s and official off road trainers in these fun and informative sessions.


  • April 22 – 25: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • April 29 – May 2: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • May 20 – 23: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 20 – 21: Driving only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 22 – 23: Navigating only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • June TBA: Northwest Overland Rally – Leavenworth, WA
  • July TBA: BC Overland Rally – Whistler, BC
  • July 5 – 8: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC
  • Late July / Early August TBA: Rocky Mountain Overland Rally Gunnison, CO
  • August TBA: Fundamental Intensive Reno, NV
  • August TBA: 2-Day Sand Dune Course Fallon, NV
  • September TBA: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC

Overlanding BC & The Rebelle Rally

Overlanding BC is an official preferred training partner of the Rebelle Rally. We have been recognized as a training organization that fits with the ethos of the Rebelle Rally. Some of our staff are staff on the Rebelle Rally itself, and one of our instructors is a current 3 time Rebelle and a 2020 class winner. It is this experience along with our professional training background that allows us to give you, the very best training possible.



Overlanding BC is proud to be able to offer exclsuive training in two professional level driving qualifications. 

These qualifications are suitable for industry and individuals alike who use resource roads or off road driving in their day to day life.

Part 2 – Engine Conversion

Part 2 – Engine Conversion

As many of you have been following the progress of my engine conversion online via social media, it’s about time I follow that up with some more detail.

After importing and driving the new to us Defender 90 we decided that an engine conversion was the right thing to do and the next step in the development of our iconic off road and adventuring vehicle.

Originally this Land Rover Defender 90 came with the rarer 2.0 T16 MPI DOHC gasoline engine. The configuration and history of this vehicle came from Land Rover’s special order military ordeign department. The Italian Carabinieri ordered roughly a thousand of these vehicles with this engine configuration due to Italy’s fuel taxation rates and the scarcity of diesel at the time.

The original engine is a really great little engine that loved to rev and zipped the Defender down the road very happily at over 70mph. The beauty of this engine is that it’s small, light, compact and has a low fuel consumption.

The reason for the conversion was to move the vehicle back to the iconic diesel set up to allow for the required low down tractor like torque. Being a model year 1996 Defender 90, the correct thing to do was to convert it to the classic Land Rover 300tdi diesel.

I was lucky enough to arrange some help through Rovalution Automotive in North Vancouver, an old Land Rover specialist shop. I wanted to do most of the work myself to keep the cost down and to learn how to do such a conversion as I had never done anything like this before. Don and the guys were amazing during the whole process.

Our process was fairly straight forward and took a couple of months as I had to fit in the conversion around work. During the conversion we did as much as we could to complete the conversion using OEM parts and to original manufacturing specifications.

The conversion itself was very straightforward forwards, the old engine came out with gentle care as it will be being re-used by a really great friend. And the installation went fairly smoothly as the correct R380 transmission and LT230 transfer case was the same as the original engine and those were the ones we wanted to use. The only things we had to change really were the fuel pickup, motor mounts, exhaust and literally one wire in the current harness – which was a simple matter of blanking off the old fuel sender wires and switching one wire in the starter rely connecter, literally into a new hole in the same connector – awesome!

We did take the time to install all new hoses, seals, timing belt, clutch etc whilst we had the engine out which would save time in the future.

The final few days of the conversion and the first time we started it up was a fantastic moment that made all the hard work well worth it.