Hello, I am David

I’m the founder of NWXPDTN. I’m all about adventure, excitement and the outdoors. With my fiancé Hannah and my dog Titus and a rotating cast of friends and family, I love exploring new places and spending time “un-plugged”. The Pacific Northwest is an unbelievable place to live, with countless hikes to do and miles upon miles of wilderness to get lost in. It’s a veritable choose-your-own-adventure region and I can’t get enough.

I grew up in a large family — I have 3 younger brothers — so large, expensive “destination” trips were the exception, not the norm, for us. Instead, my best memories of my childhood were loading up whatever family vehicle we had at the time and hitting the road to find a new place to camp.

I’m fortunate enough to have a work schedule that accommodates my wanderlust, and for that I am extremely grateful. I can think of few things worse than living a life that ignores the infinite adventures waiting on the peripherals of the routine.

Join me, by following my adventures on this site or by leaving comments about your experiences or by getting out and exploring where ever you live.

Let’s adventure!

Photobag

I took a black and white photography class in high school and was exposed to the basics of photography—exposure, composition, developing (dark room), etc.—and had a blast. But after that, I didn’t really do anything with photography until my family got me a digital camera (Canon 40D) for Christmas 2013. It was the start of a new hobby (because I didn’t have enough of those already, I guess!).

Here’s what I’ve got these days:

Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm XF 35mm ƒ1.4
Fujifilm XF 14mm ƒ2.8

Pentax K1000 SE
SMC Pentax-M 50mm ƒ2
SMC Pentax-M 28mm ƒ2.8
SMC Pentax-M 135mm ƒ3.5

iPhone 8

Manfrotto 190XPROB sticks
Manfrotto 496RC2 ballhead
Gorillapod “Focus”
Joby Ballhead X

Custom Core i7 desktop
Apple iPad Pro

Adobe Lightroom CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Google Nik Collection

Pelican 1450
TrekPak organization
Tenba wraps
Mindshift Panorama 180

Truck build

Since I get a lot of questions on my truck, I thought I would make a little informative section to document the modifications and upgrades to the “NWXPDTN” Tacoma over the past couple years. As a platform, the Tacoma offers tremendous performance and capabilities right out of the box. Couple this with the extensive aftermarket support and widespread utilization of the Tacoma as an exploration vehicle, and you’ve got yourself a serious overlanding machine.

My 2004 Tacoma started with the following characteristics: 3.4L V6, 4×4, automatic transmission, Xtracab configuration, TRD Offroad package. From there, things really escalated…

Performance
Regeared to 4.88
33-tooth speedo gear swap
130amp alternator
Tundra 13WL (231mm) caliper swap, Hawk LTS pads, Brembo rotors
Full ABS delete
Wheeler’s SS extended brake lines
Transmission cooler (B&M SuperCooler 70268)
Power steering cooler (Derale 13200)
Deck plate mod
Rear differential breather mod
Gray wire mod
Steering shaft tack-weld mod
Windshield reservoir relocate (ABS pipe)

Front Suspension
OME 882 coils
OME Nitrocharger sport shocks + 10mm lift enhancers
Camburg uniball UCAs
Moog lower ball joints
Wheeler’s superbumps
Energy Suspension poly steering rack bushings

Rear Suspension
OME Dakar leaf springs
OME D43XL AAL
OME Nitrocharger sport shocks
Air Lift ride control air bag kit
U-bolt flip kit
Trail Gear lower shock mounts
Wheeler’s stock height HD greasable shackle kit
Daystar greasable spring main eye bushing/bolts

Wheels/tires
Konig Countersteer Offroad wheels, matte black, 16×8, 4.5″ bs
Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx 255/85-16
Full size spare (Wheeler’s Type B 16″ steel wheel)

Armor
Trail Gear Low Profile bumper
Elite Offroad hybrid sliders
Ryno All Terrain IFS skid plate, 1/8″ steel
CBI Fab rear frame reinforcement plates
Total Chaos spindle gussets
Inchworm e-locker guard

Recovery
Warn M8000 winch
100′ Spydura synthetic line
Relocated Warn contactor box to engine bay
In-cab winch controls (OTRATTW)
Factor 55 prolink thimble
Factor 55 aluminum fairlead 1.0
Instant Air Supply 10lb CO2 kit
Maxtrax (1 pair)
Bubba rope (7/8″ diameter @ 30′)
12′ tree strap
60″ Hi-lift jack
Smittybilt snatch block and shackles
Fiskars X15 ax
Shovel

Lights
Retrofitted D2S 3.0s, blacked out reflectors, chrome shrouds, 5500k, 35W Morimoto bulbs/ballasts
Lightforce 170 strikers w/yellow combo filters
LED bed lights (VLEDS.com)
18-watt LED lights as auxiliary reverse lights
Combined turn signals with corner lights

Exterior Goodies
ARB Snorkel
Canopy
Custom sleeping platform
Prinsu cab and canopy racks
Blue Sea 12v outlet in bed
Line-X spray-in bedliner
Bushwacker tailgate cap
Powdercoated rear bumper (matte black)
CBI CB antenna ditch mount
Hella Supertones horns
Redline tuning hood struts
Clear corner lenses
25% tint, front windows
Debadged

Interior Goodies
Indel B fridge/freezer, 40 qt
Pioneer DEH-9400BH headunit
Cobra 19 cb radio + 4′ firefly antenna
Autometer analog clock (7585) + single a-pillar pod
Paranoid-fab, single-din switch plate w/OTRATTW switches
Garmin nüvi 2557LMT + BC 30 (wireless backup camera)
Scangauge II
Tekonsha P2 brake controller (+ 7- and 4-pin trailer wiring)
Tripp Lite PV375 power inverter
Autoloc WC1000 one touch window modules
LED dome, map, glove box, footwell lights
Custom rear deck platform w/passenger seat wrap-around for solo expeditions
Wet Okole seat covers (charcoal/black)
Husky liner floor liners, full set
G Tek door sill protectors
Homelink module in headliner
LED Maglite mounted behind driver’s seat
Sears Diehard Advanced Gold G34R battery
Dual battery setup: Blue Sea ML-ACR + Exide AGM Gr 34 deep cycle battery
Auxiliary Blue Sea fuse block & circuit breaker
Mil-spec battery terminals and covers

Camp gear
Partner Steel camp stove
11lb propane bottle + 10′ hose
Indel B fridge
Hydroflask & Yeti cups
GSI Outdoors utensil kit
Rumpl queen-size down blanket
Cabela’s Mountain Trapper 0-degree sleeping bag
REI camp bed 2.5
ENO doublenest hammock + Atlas anchor straps
Marmot Limelight 3p tent