Off-Road Driving - Tips & Skills

Learn skills and tips from an expert off road driving instructor in Alaska; adventure in your 4x4, SUV, truck, etc.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

This course is designed for new, curious, beginner to intermediate off-road drivers, and will offer tips for advanced, more experienced drivers, or anyone interested in Alaska. In many areas, people with little experience or knowledge get into dangerous, even life threatening situations trying to go off road. This course will offer instruction in the backcountry to show best how to navigate through various kinds of terrain with less damage to vehicles and the environment. The course will take you live on a tour that goes through mud holes and ruts, river crossings, steep mountainsides with loose rock, and sandy glacial flats with everything from sticky mud to quicksand and deep water. We will show some recovery/rescue equipment and methods, and show some common mistakes. We will show vehicles with both "old school" and "new school" modifications that make it possible to get hundreds of miles into the backcountry. You will also see the amazingly beautiful Alaska country accessible to off-roaders that have a little intelligence, practice, and a capable vehicle.

This course offers tips and advice based on many years of experience to help you think more carefully about how to improve your off-roading experience. It is by no means intended to give you the only information needed to drive off-road safely. Each situation requires your best judgment, and the responsibility is yours. Please understand that you use any or all of the information in this course at your own risk.

As your skills expand, you can return to this course for further study and inspiration.

What are the requirements?

  • none

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Tips and information to improve off-road driving skills
  • The course will introduce and demonstrate rescue and recovery, differences between stock and modified vehicles, "old school" and "new school" modifications, mud, water, and river crossings, steep mountainsides, and common mistakes and troubleshooting
  • The course will excite and inspire participants to improve their off-road driving with action footage in the Alaska backcountry.

Who is the target audience?

  • All levels off-road driving
  • Alaska interest

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Stock Truck
Stock Truck Without Modifications
Section 3: Preparation for the Trip
From Highway to the Trailhead
Section 4: Mud and Deep Water
Mud and Deep Water
Mud - Case Study 1
Mud - Case Study 2, Clearance
Mud - Case Study 3, Self-Cleaning Tires
Section 5: Modifications
Intro to Modifications
"Old School" Modifications
"New School" Modifications
Section 6: River Crossings
The Approach
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Use Extreme Caution Crossing Rivers!
Section 7: Rescue and Recovery
Recovery Straps
Hi-Lift Jack
Leave No One Behind
Section 8: Steep Inclines
Steep Inclines
Explore Alaska Backcountry

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Instructor Biography

G.Kevin Holthaus, Expert Off Road Driver and Instructor with over 40 years experience

Kevin Holthaus has been off-roading for over 40 years since he was a teenager in Montana. In the Alaska Cruiser Crew, Kevin has guided many vehicles and drivers from all over the "lower 48" on summer treks into the back country of Alaska. Kevin created off road driving classes for teenagers learning how to drive with the Atheneum School in Anchorage.

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