The Right Way
Meet Steph Pond and Jess Saddlier, Australian adventurers working hard to carry on the legacy of responsible off-roading today. After meeting in an all-girls 4x4 club, Steph and Jess became fast friends, passionate outdoorswomen, and community champions. Together, they organize group off-roading excursions and recently embarked on a new adventure: a forthcoming off-roading community and education resource called OFFMAIN.
Steph was inspired to create OFFMAIN after seeing a few too many pieces of bad or incomplete advice shared online and during trips. Currently, folks who want to get into off-roading have only a few learning opportunities: they can learn from a friend, they can read tips in forums and social media groups online, or they can show up to a club meeting or trail ride and ask the right questions.
These are by no means bad sources of information, but they’re not always fact-checked, edited for clarity, or safety-tested in the field. Through OFFMAIN, Steph and Jess will work to close some of those gaps, offering drivers, especially women, a space of authority to learn how to off-road the right way. Because there is a right way. One that keeps everyone safe, respects the land, minimizes damage to the wild, and offers up maximum fun along the way.
We sat down with Steph and Jess to learn more about off-roading the right way. The following are their four tenets for responsible off-roading.