Tread Lightly. It’s more than protecting the environment.

Tread Lightly

Tread LightlyTread lightly is more than protecting the environment. “Respect the Rights of Others” includes considering the safety of others as well. “Educate Yourself” goes beyond the scope of etiquette and laws governing environmental impact.

Are you familiar with the term “trundling”? I wasn’t but some recent events have brought that term to my attention. It is a term in the context of mountaineering and refers to the practice of rolling rocks or boulders down hillsides or over cliffs. A climber may trundle to make a route safer but there’s a long list of conditions that must be met. If you are not a climber and/or are not familiar with the required conditions then you have absolutely no justification to do it. Even so it is illegal in a lot of areas because it’s extremely dangerous and has killed people.

August, 11 2007 – NOLS Director Killed by Trundled Rock.

“On Saturday, August 11, Peter Absolon (47) was killed instantly when a falling rock struck him from approximately 300 feet above while climbing a new route in Leg Lake Cirque, southern Wind River Range, Wyoming. Phil Powers, Absolon’s friend and Executive Director of the American Alpine Club (AAC), declared that the rock was trundled purposefully by a hiker, who had no Tread Lightlyknowledge of the climbers below.”

“… the hikers had no idea climbers were below them and were deeply anguished by the news of Absolon’s death.”

I can’t imagine being one of those hikers. They may have been very familiar with the trail. Had never seen a climber in that section. Thought “what are the odds…” or “it could never happen…”. If I were to wear their shoes, even if I had done everything I thought possible to educate myself the realization that my action was the cause could destroy any passion I had for the outdoors.

Tread Lightly and understand that the consequences of your actions can go beyond your education and experience.

Introduction North American Expeditions

North American Expeditions

Who We Are

North American Expeditions is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that, along with internationally recognized training and recovery specialists, provide expert training in locations and times convenient to you. We are also coupled with equipment suppliers and fabricators in the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) industry to meet your specific gear needs or vehicle requirements. Consult with us to meet your desired end-state for the missions you decide to embark upon.


Provide adventure and travel enthusiasts the Overlanding and OHV knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive as self-reliant travelers.


We offer professional 4WD training, personal consultation for overland vehicle-dependent travel, and adventure travel in some of the most rugged and scenic destinations in North America. We are networked with some of the leading 4WD trainers, adventure vehicle fabricators, backcountry explorers, and aftermarket vehicle equipment outfitters and manufacturers in the United States.

Driving off-highway in rugged terrain is performance driving. We will help you develop the skills you need.

We collaborate with off road outfitters and custom shops to provide vehicle packages to meet your needs.

12 different trips. 12 different ways to experience North America like you never have before. And more…