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On this “episode” of 67 Designs Customer Spotlights, where we share the story of some of our customers, we get to know Aaron Linkous. Linkous, from the Portland OR area, works as the VP of digital consulting for a web development company. On the weekend, however, you can find Aaron spinning through the mud or snow wheeling near Mt. Hood.
Proud owner of a: white 2018 JLU Rubicon.
Customer of 67 Designs since: September 2018.
Inspiration for buying his Jeep: Aaron and his wife, Karly, love to be in the outdoors, as far away from the couch as possible. He used to do a ton of backpacking and camping, but after a few injuries, Aaron wanted to find another way to get out and explore—a Jeep was the perfect option!
First adventure with a vehicle: His first adventure was to Badger Lake by Mount Hood the day after he got the Jeep. He and Karly went out and got stuck in a bunch of clay and had to get a truck to pull the vehicle out. Don’t worry, this did not deter them in the slightest.
Most recent adventure/COVID-19 adventures: The other weekend, him and Karly went out and did some light snow wheeling (first of the season) and got to explore the frozen Goose Lake in the Panther Creek Falls area.
Most memorable adventure: Last summer, the couple did a trek through 7 states—from Washington to Oregon to Nevada, Colorado and more. Aaron’s favorite part was camping in the rooftop tent in the scenic Moab.
Upcoming trips: Due to the uncertainty of COVID, they do not have any trips planned.
Dream trip: Aaron would love to do a trip from Alaska to South America, notably Patagonia. He made sure to mention that they would drive there, but ship the car back.
Advice for those who are just beginning overlanding: “Just go out and do it—you do not need to have the fanciest gear. Food, water, and sleeping bags will do.”
#1 place he has camped: Outside Yellowstone at the end of a dirt road that they found.
Fun fact about: Aaron was in the Marines!
Jeep club memberships: No, there are not many near him. He has found some Jeep friends through Instagram, though. Shoutout Andrew and Norma!
Notes from the writer: You would never know, but Aaron had never been overlanding before he bought his Jeep. Today, you can catch him and Karly wheeling through the muddy PNW and eating fried cabbage and sausage around the campfire. They do not love the mud and when I asked him how they navigate it, he said they just “full send and pray they do not break anything.”
Check out his work here: On the side, Aaron loves photography. Taking after his dad who was a photographer, Aaron has a Sony AIII and takes some awesome photos. Check them out here:
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