We at Tern Overland have been adventuring and traveling for 47 years by backpack, mountain bike, car, expeditionary vehicle and motorcycle. We have spent months and even years at a time living the minimalist traveler lifestyle, in some of the harshest, and most beautiful environments imaginable. This body of experience has deeply influenced our approach to traveling.
Among our core principles is the belief that the greatest luxuries are the ones you don’t have to carry, the systems you don’t have to maintain, and the widgets you don’t have to keep track of. In the backpacking world, the fewer, smaller, and lighter the items you carry, the smaller your pack and tent can be. We used to think about how great a hammock would feel at the end of a day; but then realized that in order to enjoy it for.... maybe an hour?, we might be carrying it for 10 hours! Not such a great trade. That smaller, lighter pack makes you able to reach destinations that you would never see loaded down with goodies. A traveling vehicle is governed by the same principles. While you might not feel the pain directly on your back, your vehicle will feel it, and will be limited by it. Travel light, travel small, and feel the freedom it brings!
In a world where your prowess as a traveler may be measured by how much you manage to take with you, we are challenging that notion with a collection of the best, most functional, most innovative, and highest quality products to streamline your travel adventures. Our products are simple by design, well built and reflect the depth of experience that we bring to this venture.
We chose the Arctic Tern for our logo because it is the most capable migratory animal on earth; a 4 ounce bird that travels 44,000 miles each year, from pole to pole. It achieves this through immaculate design and efficiency. It is a concept that we embrace in every aspect of our traveling creations.
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David’s fascination with adventure travel started at the age of 14, when he took his first 4 day solo packing trip into the Catalina Mountains of Arizona. David built his very first overland vehicle in 1976; 41 years ago. It was an offroad VW beetle modified inside to be a one man sleeper/camper. Over the last 4 decades, David has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, for years at a time, by 4 wheeled vehicle, backpack, motorcycle, and mountain bike. David has built a number of expeditionary vehicles, including one that was featured in a prominent offroad magazine. David intimately understands the challenges of extended minimalist travel.
David was part of the early ultralight backpacking movement, before it became a more mainstream part of the outdoor scene. Like the current camper world, much of his early gear was self designed and built. Commercial options simply did not exist.
David is a professional mechanical engineer, with over 37 years of research and design experience. He is also a journeyman level machinist, welder, and fabricator. David has founded three design and manufacturing businesses, producing paradigm changing approaches to both new and old challenges.
This vast combination of experience and passion is now focused on Tern Overland LLC.
Aimee has been intrigued by travel since a young child. She grew up camping in the mountains of Colorado and Montana and roaming the beaches and forests of Oregon. She is the mother of three young men in college. They have traveled as a family or solo to many countries around the world including Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, several Caribbean Islands, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam, and several islands in the South Pacific.
As a solo female traveler Aimee has spent weeks in Ireland and France and lived for six months on the island of Crete, Greece. She has sailed on a catamaran in the Bahamas and crewed from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She has camped throughout the US and has only three US states left to explore.
Aimee has camping experience with tents, pop-up and A-liner campers as well as travel trailers. She prefers the road less traveled and staying in remote places that are less crowded suits her sense of adventure. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for travel through Tern Overland LLC. She brings a plethora of support skills to this venture and looks forward to the many overlanding memories to come.