Positively West Virginia
Positively West Virginia
Episode 216 - Jason Specht - Mountain State Overland LLC
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Creator and owner of Mountain State Overland (LLC), Jason Specht has always considered himself a mountain man. 

Mountain State Overland was founded in the “Mountain State” in 2013. Its team of explorers has enjoyed nearly 100,000 miles of vehicle-based adventures––the team focuses on still and motion-based image capturing. 

With over 100 videos published online, the Overland presence has created a wide range of business, adventure, and retail opportunities, including tour services, adventure vehicle rentals, equipment sales, and event management.

“Overlanding is focused on vehicular-based travel,” started Specht, “the journey is the biggest part of the adventure. We’re taking the destination in the back and bringing the journey to the forefront.”

Specht’s mission is simple, to try and find the long way home––backroads, gravel, service roads––anything off the beaten path.

The company’s trip packages vary in length, mileage, and difficulty, with photography provided and an expedition film released on YouTube. The trip also includes a Discovery Kit packed chuck-full with gear, discounts, and digital route files. 

Groups are small to preserve the experience and manage the impact placed upon Appalachian ecosystems.

“We want to encourage you to get off the paved road and see what’s out there,” commented Specht. “You get to sleep on the side of a cliff or on the banks of a river––it’s all about the experience.”

Find used adventure gear, apparel, carry-on items, communication and navigation devices, vehicular equipment, and stickers on their online store

Mountain State Overland is licensed, insured, and a member of Tread Lightly, a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship. 

If you’d like to keep up with Jason and Mountain State Overland (LLC), visit www.mountainstateoverland.com.  

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  • PIECE OF ADVICE: “Try to leave a legacy that motivates others out of their comfort zone,” advised Specht.