Offroad Passport® went live in August 2009 as the project and passion of three friends in Arizona. Kristoffer Smith, George Zalman and Diane Zalman had become acquainted over the years as their trails crossed and often aligned on various adventures.
The idea was to create a place where outdoor enthusiasts like themselves could come together to plan trips and share adventures of all kinds: 4x4 trail exploration, ATV & motorcycle riding, boating, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, camping with friends, and especially multi-day expedition style adventures - the sort of trips that had gotten them together in the first place.
Kristoffer Smith(theksmith) has always loved the outdoors. He began discovering the East Coast forests as soon as he could walk and graduated to ATVs as a teen to cover greater distances. Upon moving to Arizona, Kristoffer attended the University of Advancing Technology where he obtained a BA in Multimedia & Virtual Reality. After college there was time to further experience his new desert surroundings via ATV & Dual-Sport, but eventually 4x4 trucks & SUVs became his favorite style of adventure rig.
In addition to being an experienced trail leader, Kristoffer is our resident web site developer and electronics/gadgets expert. Read about his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee expedition vehicle or check out his personal blog to fully appreciate the "Inspector Gadget" nickname. He also enjoys creative opportunities and is responsible for much of our excellent adventure photography.
George Zalman(Number7) is from Prague, Czechoslovakia. His parents emigrated to the US when he was six and soon became a pioneer family of Fountain Hills, AZ. Growing up at the gateway to the Tonto National Forest and amid abundant off-road trails, George traveled them all. He once co-founded a dude ranch and led horseback rides on the Verde River. Via Jeeps and quads he's traveled much of southern Arizona and is very knowledgeable about many trail systems here.
George earned his AA in Construction Technology and Building Inspection from Scottsdale Community College, and he's Offroad Passport's fabricator extraordinaire. Read about his 1992 Jeep XJ expedition vehicle project to see some of his work. Straight forward solutions and modifications to 4x4s and knowledge of trail-repairs are just a few of the ways George lends his forte to our members. His motto "Go Prepared" is behind the design of the Trail Welder he built for expedition travel.
A seasoned trail leader, George is always on the lookout for new places to go. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED.
Diane Zalman(dzJeepChic) has always been an outdoors type of person and enjoyed hiking, boating, horseback and quad riding long before she and George immersed themselves into the 4x4 off-road world in 1999. She enjoys life the most while out in the back country far from civilization exploring things most people will never see. Her passion is sharing her off-road adventures through writing and photography, and their shared hobby has strengthened their marriage.
Her first tastes of outdoor adventure were on dirt-bikes with her dad and hiking the canyons near their Tucson home. Both her grandpa and her dad were auto mechanics and race car drivers, so she learned her way around the garage early and she enjoys documenting George's Jeep fab projects. Her roots gave her a love of fast cars that has morphed into a love of slow Jeeps.
She has a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University and she takes care of the business side of Offroad Passport®. Beyond balancing accounts, Diane handles member registrations and upgrades and researches and obtains permits and permissions required for our trips and events.
Diane's articles about our adventures have been featured in JPFreek Adventure Magazine, Motus, and other publications. Always ready for any new adventure, she's a licensed Amatuer Radio operator and is also certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED.
Though the founders are passionate about leading trips, this is an active community of like-minded folks where anyone can organize a run. Members also share photos, stories, and technical information. We all benefit from the experiences of our fellow explorers and all adventure-seekers are welcome here, regardless of vehicle type.
We've led an expansive list of overland style trips to destinations such as The Rubicon Trail; Ouray, CO; The Maze District; Moab, UT and The KOFA Wildlife Refuge. We host annual Christmas party trail-rides and weekends at The Cinders OHV area, along with occasional technical 4x4 driving workshops, GPS/mapping clinics, and many day trips on various trails in Arizona.
Many more adventures are on the current Offroad Passport® calendar and even more impressive expeditions are being planned for the future. Which trips will you be on?
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