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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.
4.4 (5 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2013
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What Will I Learn?
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.
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • All levels off-road driving
  • Alaska interest
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:17:03
1 Lecture 04:04
Stock Truck
1 Lecture 03:33
Preparation for the Trip
1 Lecture 03:10
Mud and Deep Water
4 Lectures 09:52
Mud and Deep Water

Mud - Case Study 1

Mud - Case Study 2, Clearance

Mud - Case Study 3, Self-Cleaning Tires
3 Lectures 20:18
Intro to Modifications

"Old School" Modifications

"New School" Modifications
River Crossings
5 Lectures 09:55

The Approach

Case Study 1

Case Study 2

Use Extreme Caution Crossing Rivers!
Rescue and Recovery
5 Lectures 18:35

Recovery Straps


Hi-Lift Jack

Leave No One Behind
Steep Inclines
2 Lectures 07:36
Steep Inclines

Explore Alaska Backcountry
About the Instructor
3.4 Average rating
5 Reviews
39 Students
1 Course
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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