“When the idea first surfaced to take the same Land Cruiser to all seven continents, I immediately raised my hand and said, ‘If you ever need a guy for an open seat, I’ll make it happen!”
Though he imagined his participation in Expeditions7 would most likely stay within the Americas, he quickly proved too valuable an asset to keep stateside and journeyed with the group to Asia, Africa, and Australia. These trips took Kurt across Siberia in 2012; from Johannesburg, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia and from Brisbane to Broome, Australia in 2013; through South and Central America in 2014; and most recently across Greenland in 2018.
Extreme terrain and harsh weather are stern teachers, especially in such remote places. Of the many lessons extended overland travel has taught Kurt, one stands out.
“An overwhelming factor in all the expeditions was being very mindful of the quality of your products. The sting of having a part fail on you in the middle of nowhere and ruin a trip because you didn’t invest in the better option; that money you saved no longer feels good when you’re broke down in the middle of nowhere. This is why we only sell premium gear at Cruiser Outfitters – from my own personal experiences I understand how important quality is and would never introduce risk to a customer with a lesser product.”
“ARB’s Old Man Emu suspension systems were installed on each of the Expeditions7 vehicles,” Kurt explains, “There’s no way I’d take on a trip of this magnitude without the very best, and you’re not going to find a suspension system that you can count on more.”
It was on this expedition that Kurt met Clay Croft, who served as the team cinematographer. Clay was gearing up for a project of his own, called Expedition Overland. Its first big trip would be the Pan-American starting in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and Kurt had recently completed the route from its southernmost point in Ushuaia, Argentina. There was much to discuss and the many, many phone calls to Kurt for his expertise quickly materialized into an invitation to join.
“Hey, so are you available? Can you just come on the trip?”
Kurt’s quick agreement to ten-thousand-mile journeys could seem impulsive; but his affirmative responses are very much built by design.