Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Kephart.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Sasquatch Overlanding started with the need for adventure and a change in the everyday grind of life. Being able to get out and explore the world around us was the main objective. In the long run, it has brought us to the point of being able also to help guide others on their path to adventure.
We travel in our truck that we have built to go anywhere we want to go. It is designed to allow us to stay for long periods of time out in the middle of nowhere. At the same time, it helps us go to places around the nation to visit amazing sights and cities.
Starting off small with different equipment and smaller weekend adventures locally, we were able to save enough to be able to grow the setup that would allow us to make longer trips around the nation. Every year we are averaging over 10,000 miles in just trips to different areas of the nation.
Part of our goal is to teach others so that they can learn from what we have experienced. So we have been traveling around teaching different skills in off-roading, recovery, first aid, cooking, photography, and navigation. This comes from my years of service as a firefighter and from serving in the Army.
My wife brings a cooking background as a trained chef. With our skills then, we can help those that might not know where to start. Currently, we are still traveling and documenting our trips. This year has been a harder year with different setbacks but it is part of life and we will keep doing what we love to do.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Much of what we have dealt with has been costs with equipment and rising fuel costs. That is the biggest challenge that we have been facing. At the same time, we have had to work our trips around full-time jobs as well as our four boys’ school and activities that they are in.
Then when things are working out, there is always the maintenance and breakdowns that can get in our way. Of course, COVID-19 didn’t help with many of our trips as well as we got sick a few times as well. But we have been able to get past those setbacks.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a full-time college teacher teaching Homeland Security and Public Safety. I am also the Fire Marshal for the local fire department as well. When I am not doing that, then I am working on building our Overlanding business that right now just deals with training and guiding others.
We hope to branch out into equipment sales soon. Being able to combine my knowledge of the outdoors and public safety and give back is what I love the most. It is a great feeling to see someone just getting into Overlanding and starting to enjoy it just as much as I do.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the adventure in the area. From its rich history to modern entertainment, you will indeed find something to pique your interest. Have planned more trips to the state to explore different areas that we haven’t gotten to see on recent trips.
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