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Tony and Jessica Ilao
San Diego, CA
Tepui Tent: Gran Sabana
Rig: 2012 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD. Bajarack UT Flat Rack, ARB USA Awning, Hella 500FF, Apex Perimeter Lighting, Gobi Ladder, Toytec Boss 3' Full Suspension Lift Kit, Flowmaster Cat Back System, BFGoodrich KO2, Midland Telecommunications
Favorite place to adventure: Sequoia National Forest and Pacific Coast Highway
Dream travel destination: Australia
Favorite outdoor activity: Overland trips, Off-Roading and Rock Climbing
New York, NY
Tepui Tent: Ayer with annex
Rig: 2008 Subaru Impreza with Subtle Solutions lift
Favorite place to adventure: Our National Parks!
Dream travel destination: Glacier National Park
Favorite outdoor activity: Trail running
Up until May of this year I lived in New York City, working as a management consultant every day in Manhattan. I had been there five years but missed easy access to the outdoors. I am an ultramarathoner who most enjoys trail running. Without a car it is difficult and expensive to make regular excursions outside of the city (it is expensive even with a car!)
This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. That gave me the spark to develop the National Parks Marathon Project. I am currently running a self-directed, self-managed, self-measured marathon in all 59 U.S. National Parks. This is my way to celebrate our National Parks, trail running and seeing 59 of the most beautiful places on earth. One of my goals is for someone from the running community to join me on some or all of each marathon. I want to inspire people to break away from the constant chaos of daily life and spend a full day in nature moving like we were intended. I think we live in an overly negative and stressful environment particularly in cities. Getting out into nature revives the spirit, energizes the body and calms the mind. We all need more of that.
I have a 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 5-speed wagon. I added a Subtle Solutions one-inch lift to give me just a bit more clearance for some of the gravel roads I expect to encounter, otherwise it is stock. I bought the Tepui Ayer tent because it fits nicely on the Subaru and provides me the added comfort I need to recover from my marathon runs. It is also extremely convenient and space saving as I don’t use room in the car for a tent and sleeping bag.
My typical process includes finding a campground in or near the park, meeting with the rangers about a course, spending time as a tourist seeing the park and then running my marathon. So far I’ve completed 10 marathons since June 18th and I’ve had seven people run with me (a great percentage!). Also from my blog posts and other social media I’ve been told that I’ve inspired others to get out and run in the outdoors. That’s what it is about. Get out and move and see our National Parks!" -Bill Sycalik
San Jose, CA
Tepui Tent: Kukenam Sky
Rig: 06 tacoma, icon rear suspension, softopper, BFG all terrain, stingray industries lighting.
Favorite place to adventure: Lake Powell and north rim of the Grand Canyon.
Dream travel destination: Most Northern point of Alaska and southern tip of Baja.
Favorite outdoor activity: teaching my little man how to camp and build.
"My brother, myself, and our boys love exploring new land and building memories that money can't buy. I really enjoy finding BLM land and a nice place to camp, building a fire and cracking some beverages. The sound of wind going through the trees is my serenity sound.
I recently took a trip from the Bay Area, CA to Joshua Tree National Park, accompanied by my good buddies Justin R, Larry G, and George. We moved through the south rim of the Grand Canyon and eventually stopped by Lake Powell, Utah. It was an epic drive, with boulders bigger than my truck outside the driver's window. We pulled over at the ridge and saw one of the most amazing sceneries ever." -Daniel Contreras
Nick and Lisa DeLuca
Discovery Bay, CA
Tepui Tent: Gran Sabana
Rig: 2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road. Relentless Fabrication Armor. Fox and All-Pro Long Travel Suspension. Stealth Custom Series Rims. 35" Goodyear MT Tires. Bay Area Metal Fab/Homemade Off-Road Trailer.
Favorite place to adventure: Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Dream travel destination: Alaska and Baja.
Favorite outdoor activity: Camping. Off-Roading. Hiking. Exploring.
"Growing up both Lisa and I participated in scouts programs where we found our love of camping. After getting married in 2012, we decided to buy a truck and found ourselves owning a two wheel drive Toyota Tacoma. Needless to say with our camping adventures, this rig was unable to keep up. We then purchased our current 4 wheel drive Tacoma the day it arrived on the lot. Since then, we have gone on many adventures and our Tepui has become our second home. We started off with the Tepui Ayer to see if we liked sleeping off the ground. We quickly realized we never wanted to camp in a ground tent again! We put our Tepui through the paces, camping in snow, mud, rain, sand, and high winds. It withstood everything mother nature threw at us. After about a year and a half of awesome adventures to Utah and the Sierra Nevadas, we upgraded our tent to our current Gran Sabana and added a trailer for more versatility.
Our typical adventure consists of leaving Friday night after work and heading up into the mountains or out to the coast. We typically set up camp in the dark using all of our off-road lights. In the morning, Lisa makes an awesome breakfast before we head out to explore for the day. We have an amazing old book of California back-roads we use to explore and we have found the tough 4x4 trails to be our favorite. Many of the modifications we have completed on the truck allow us to run these trails. After wheeling for most of the day we return to our campsite to start the grill and a fire. We exchange stories about the day around our campfire with friends until the last piece of wood has burned. Then, we climb into our Tepuis and fall asleep listening to the nearby creek, river, or ocean miles away from the nearest camp or road. These getaways are what we truly enjoy and look forward to." -Nick and Lisa DeLuca
Tepui Tent: Kukenam with Annex
Rig: 2005 Toyota Tacoma. All-Pro Armor. Icon & Total Chaos Suspension. Baja Designs Lighting. BFGoodrich KO2 Tires.
Favorite place to adventure: Mojave Desert. Death Valley.
Dream travel destination: Eastern Utah. Colorado. Baja Peninsula.
Favorite outdoor activity: Off-road travel. Camping. Photography. Stargazing. Finding abandoned and old places.
"I grew up in the Southern California deserts learning about the outdoors, camping and riding dirt bikes with my family. There I was taught how to respect and appreciate the outdoors. Once out of highschool I bought my first Toyota - a 1989 4wd Pickup. My friends and I would spend nearly every weekend driving it around, finding all the oddities and history that had been left behind in the desert. We did that for years and it is what built the foundation for my passion to explore. In 2014, I purchased a 2005 Tacoma and began to build it for overland style adventures. Over the course of a year and with the help and support of some awesome companies it slowly turned into what it is today - the ultimate expedition rig.
Currently, my interest has been in finding old mining camps and the deserted cabins that usually accompany them. Planning, mapping and reaching these places is an enjoyable personal challenge and nearly all our trips start or end at a new discovery. It became so routine that friends urged me to start documenting and sharing what we do and around a campfire. In Death Valley, we coined ExploreDesert. Going forward, we have some amazing trips planned and look forward to what the future holds!" -Kyle McEniry