2020 Spring Overland Challenge

May 1-3

Uwharrie, North Carolina - Early Registration Open Now!


What is the overland challenge?

The overland challenge will make you fight man, machine, and nature! It is a set of physical obstacles, mental puzzles and unique challenges that will test your comfort zone and your teams ability to work effectively together. This rally style challenge will take you on some of the most scenic and intense off road routes North Carolina has to offer. Your team’s navigation and map comprehension skills will be put to the test inside the Uwharrie National Forest!  You will also be evaluated on your ability to sort through any problems that may occur ;-), such as mechanical failures, vehicle recovery and unique team challenges. Prepare to push your vehicle’s limit on miles of rough terrain at Overland Experts Training Facility in Uwharrie, North Carolina. You will be conquering many of the same obstacles that our Military Special Forces come here to train on! All necessary permits will be provided along with three nights of accommodations on private property with limited resources. Primitive restrooms will be available along with access to a general store.

SOUTHERN XPEDITIONS™ presents the "2019 Overland Challenge - Heroes Award"!
In association with WOMEN OVERLANDING THE WORLD™, they have committed to donating all net proceeds from ticket sales to send 2 female veterans on a 10-day, all expenses paid, overlanding retreat to Costa Rica.

2020 Site Map For BFG Training Center


How it will work:

A total of 40 Teams will battle against each other, mother nature, and themselves to be come the ultimate champion of our 2019 Spring Overland Challenge. A team is defined as any group consisting of a minimum of 2 vehicles with a maximum of 4 vehicles possible. Each Vehicle must have at least one driver and co-driver present. Any combination within those perimeters is acceptable. Additional passengers are allowed.

The competition will span over three days May 1st - 3rd.

Thursday to Sunday

At our 2019 Overland Challenge we had an amazing amount of competitors travel from all over the United States and even Europe. Due to this fact, we had a large need for accommodations on Thursday evening before the start of the rally. We will have camping available for all teams on Thursday evening in Uwharrie, North Carolina. Teams will have the same assigned campsite for the duration of the challenge weekend (Thursday Evening - Sunday Afternoon). Tents, gear, trailers, parts, bad teammates, etc. can be left in your assigned campsite for the duration of the weekend. You are expected to bring everything necessary to be self sufficient in the woods for 4 nights and 3 days. Thus being water, food, shelter, first aid, etc. Fuel and general store amenities will be close by for your use as well.

The rally officially starts on Friday morning in Uwharrie, North Carolina. Camping Thursday evening is not required, but it is available for convenience as we will be starting Friday with an 8:00am team meeting. Afterwards, teams should be prepared to spend the daylight hours navigating public lands, competing in physical team challenges, and maneuvering vehicle obstacle courses.

On Saturday expect your daylight hours again to be filled with even more unique circumstances and hurdles. Such as navigating private off road trails, solving mental puzzles and sparring other teams in games on land, water, and in the sky.

Sunday morning will be your team’s final chance to gain vital points in the last of several unique team challenges. Sunday afternoon will consist of an award ceremony and the dispensing of prizes. The rally should conclude no later than 2pm on Sunday afternoon to allow for competitors homeward travel.


Everyone wants to know how to win, I get it! Scoring will be based on a numerical ranking system with proportional values assigned equally to all three days of challenges. Teams will be ranked daily against other competitors on that same day.  The winner will be the team with the highest cumulative ranking among all three challenge days.

Enter the Challenge:

Using the Registration button below, tell us about you, your team and other participants so we can place you in our roster system. Invitations will be sent out to teams who meet our standard qualifications. *We only turned away a single team in 2018 to our first Overland Challenge, but we still want the ability to screen for trail-only buggy rigs, local sand baggers, Subaru drivers, etc. Just shoot us a note and we will let you know!

Payment Information:

Driver and Co-Driver Entrance Fee - $309 Per Vehicle

This will include 3 nights of camping accommodations, all required public land permits, weekend admittance to the military off-road facilities, a sponsored meal, and all required printed maps.

All profits donated to a Veteran Operated Veteran Focused Charity. Plus you have the chance to win a host of ridiculous prizes. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place prizes will be awarded.

Each Vehicle must have at least a driver and co-driver. Each team must have a minimum of 2 vehicles with a maximum of 4 vehicles possible.

Additional Passengers - Each additional passenger over the age of 12, that is not the driver or co-driver must pay a $40 Camping Fee.

The Vehicle:

A registered/insured street legal vehicle that is not obnoxiously loud or unreliable is a good start. Because after all this is an Overland Challenge, this isn't intended for your rock buggies and dedicated trail rigs, this is for the self sufficient travelers. 

Each vehicle must have both front and rear recovery points attached to the frame:

4WD is Required

31" or Taller Tires

Rock Sliders or Rocker panel protection

Adequate Ground Clearance

Full size Spare

Front and rear anchor points to frame!

At Least 1 Working Vehicle Winch Per Team (2 required for 4 vehicle teams)

Vehicle must be setup for self sustained travel, This means it should be completely self reliant i.e. sleeping, cooking and whatever else you might need on a 3 day expedition.

Recovery Equipment (Required)

Per vehicle: 

1x Working Winch.
1x Pulley Block Rated for Winch.
1x Tree Strap
2x Recovery Strap

Recommended Equipment:

31" tall MT tire or 33" AT tire with good tread depth 

Locking Differentials (rear will suffice)

Extended Breathers

Recovery Boards( Maxtraxx, Tred Pro, or equivalent)


Tent (Shelter)

3 Days Worth of Food and Water

Spare Fuel (if you drive a fuel guzzling monster that is)

Full Size Spare Tire

GPS Offline Navigation Software

Any Required Maps Will Be Provided (Though you can never have too many)


Does You Have What It Takes? Register For The 2020 Overland Challenge


Don’t Have A Team, Still Want To Participate? Sign Up To Volunteer!

Want to be a part of the event but cant make it as a competitor? Below is the volunteer sign up. We will need help in all forms and fashions. Signup below and we will reach out to see how you can help us accomplish our mission!


Event’s Prizes Donated By These Fine Sponsors

If you would like to learn more about being a sponsor to this event, please reach out to us by email using the address found at the bottom of this page.

google-site-verification: google9db4328080a427b7.html