An expedition can be a half day exploring a hill track near home, two weeks off-road in Turkey or the Pyrenees, a major journey in Africa - or a development, aid or research project in a remote area. The demands are similar.
Work or pure adventure, every expedition needs planning, selection, training and reliability as its ethos. To the authors' combined 60 years' expeditioning experience has been added a cumulative six years' concentrated research to produce and continually revise this book - shipping, equipment, clothing, fuels, oil, communications, vehicles, driver training and navigation are dealt with, distilled and summarised.
But the book is still only a guide; a time-of-writing-snapshot of the ever-changing, ascending technology and upward spiral of ideas that spark the pull of overland travel. The final arbiter for your expedition plans will be you.
The fourth edition was a major update and expanded by 100 pages; Edition 4.1 had further minor updates. Planned as a straight re-print - hence the low-profile 'Edn 4.1a' - this Edition has nevertheless acquired some extensive revisions and additional content.
' ... the most comprehensive edition of this revered title.' (Edn 4)
' … as a resource, VDEG is indispensible … '
' … one of the most comprehensive guides we have seen … '
' … Anyone who is serious about overland vehicle-dependent travel from a day to a year needs to have this book in their kit. It's a lot of book to enjoy and expand your knowledge base.'
' … great update to an already excellent resource … '
" ... an outstanding book ... very impressed. .... thoroughness ... a hallmark of the Sheppard stable."
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