What is Ordealist?

Welcome! I’m Chris Emery, an avid outdoors enthusiast hooked on exploring the world beyond where the pavement ends. I’ve spent a lot of time and energy (not to mention money), outfitting vehicles for off-road and overlanding adventure.

I started Ordealist to share what I’ve learned with others interested in off-road and overlanding adventure. Whether you are just starting out or have been at it for years, I hope you’ll find the information you need to have fun and stay safe.

What’s with the name Ordealist? I’ve always liked this quote attributed to legendary mountaineer Yvon Chouinard: “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” I’m not advocate for putting yourself in danger, but it captures the spirit of rugged adventure. Some people like sitting on the deck of a cruise ship. Other’s find satisfaction in rugged outdoors adventure where part of the fun is the struggle. Where skill, knowledge and grit matter. If you’re of this later type, you’re in the right place. We’re here to help you suffer in style.

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You can follow Ordealist on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and connect with our community of overlanding enthusiasts.

Getting Started Overlanding?

If you are just getting started out overlanding and off-roading, check out our Overlanding 101 section and sign up for our beginner email course. You’ll find a number of articles to get you up-to-speed quickly:

What is Overlanding?

Overlanding for Beginners – Basic Gear, Knowledge and Skills

Overlanding Vehicle Guide: How to Choose the Best Vehicle for Your Adventures

Looking for Overlanding Gear?

The overlanding and off-road gear section offers gear guides, how-tos, reviews and news. Here are a few examples:

Essential Overlanding Gear Guide 2020

Best Camping Toilets For Overlanding and Off-Roading 2020

Best Overlanding Storage Containers 2020