Aaron / IG: @4rtep
How did you meet/connect with OC Overland?
This is actually one of my favorite stories. I was headed up the 14 to Mammoth and this 4Runner gets on the freeway right as I’m passing. The rig looks like an exact clone of mine at the time, both black, pretty new, lift, black wheels, same tires, roof rack with snowboards, ladder - basically twins. He must have noticed because he quickly speed up right next to me and all I see is three people hanging out the window waving and we drove pretty much together until we got split up in Lancaster. After the weekend I was checking the forums and saw that this guy named Josh posted a “spotted” message on the SoCal boards and we sorta connected there.
A week or two later he tagged me in a post inviting me to come to Gunwhale for a local meet up some of his friends were putting together. As I was sorta new to the off-road community, I really wanted to connect with new people. Normally I am pretty shy in social gatherings, especially with new people, I decided to go anyway and brought my girlfriend, Elizabeth, along because she’s better at these social things than I am.
What do you feel/think about OC Overland?
The people there were really nothing like I expected. They weren’t grizzled old men or anything like that but just normal people out to have a good time and bring the community together. Everyone was super kind and made us feel welcome and most importantly it made me want to come back to another event. A few weeks after that, there was another meet up at a local trail, just a few people showed up, but the guys helped me get up obstacles I never imagined I could do. The rest is kinda history.
What sets OC Overland apart from other groups?
I think just deciding to go to that first event was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The people I’ve meet and the things we have done have been so incredible. I think that their care for others has a contagious effect that creates a sense of belonging within the community and desire to do good. It’s really what sets them apart from any other group I have been apart of.