The Greatest Jeep Adventure Ever! Mark Smith & The Darien Gap – Dirt Every Day Ep. 39

On this episode of Dirt Every Day presented by 4 Wheel Parts, Fred introduces you to Mark Smith, an adventurer who helped develop the Jeep lifestyle and open the iconic Rubicon trail as well as starting the Jeep Jamboree off road events. Plus Fred shows you a portion of Mark’s trip from the tip of South America to the top of north America via the Darien gap from the original documentary. Fred also showcases Marks bright orange 1979 Jeep CJ7, one of six that made the trip, and visits the Omix-ADA / Rugged Ridge collection in Georgia to see all their cool and rare Jeeps, some of which used to belong to Mark Smith.

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  1. I think there is some BS in this. You can't drive from the tip of South America to Alaska. There has never been a road in eastern Panama (Darien Gap) to Columbia. What's more, it would be suicidal to do that today. Drug runners, Columbian FARC, natives, etc.

  2. This should be renamed Jeep every day, with a few others thrown in. The only reason the jeeps he touts so much can do what they do, is that they modify them to do it, but, i can think of several capable stock vehicles (Bronco II, Toyota Land Cruiser, Range Rover, to name a few) that can do what the Jeeps he is always showing can do, just as well, or even better than, the Jeeps he is always pushing, except those vehicles can do it in stock form. So, if mark smith would have done his trip in a Bronco, or a land Cruiser, or Range Rover, then everyone would be hot on those vehicles instead? Any stock 4 wheel drive could have made that trip, since it incorporated the use of winches and recovery equipment.

  3. I disagree with Mark Smith creating a lifestyle; he and crew took stock wranglers where people now would need $20K in upgrades to even attempt. I think Smith simply took the best vehicle for the job, without any thoughts of "lifestyle".

  4. this made me envious about jeeps every time i watched it. im 17, the only thing i have is an 85 s10 blazer.. no front solid axle, stupid vacuum system. like i want a jeep so bad.. everyone in my area wants $5000 for just the chassis.

  5. Cool to learn the story. Danny Liska made the trip from Artic Circle City, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego on a single motorcycle twenty years before this. He wrote about it in his book and did say the Darien Gap was tough.

  6. No you can't drive through the Darien Gap yourself.
    This was only possible before the US started the world wide war on drugs.

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