Your guide, Justin Kingsland was born in 1963 in St. Asaph, North Wales. He graduated from Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion military college in 1979 and joined the 2nd Battalion Coldstream. He specialized in arctic mountain warfare and winter survival and was selected for the Special Forces.
Justin left the British Army in the late 1989 and became a commercial helicopter pilot in Los Angeles, California. In 1991, he accepted a leadership position with BMW Automotive as a Regional Manager for the US distributor of luxury cars and motorcycles.
Working closely with the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina from 2001 to 2010, Justin helped developed the BMW adventure off-road motorcycle school and their Smoky Mountain motorcycle adventure tours.
In 2010, Triumph Motorcycle, a British Company, asked Justin to develop their off-road motorcycle adventure program in the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains. He developed an international adventure off-road rider training program before leaving Triumph and becoming CEO and founder of
Overland Unlimited Inc, DBA Highland Excursion.
During the past 20 years, Justin has always worked in the outdoors. As a professional development manager at BMW, he introduced dealers to adventure training, confidence development, team building and leadership development through adventure training programs. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and Mental Health First Responder.
Team building and leadership development are Justin’s highest core values. Throughout his professional career, he has organized, led and facilitated the development of many professional groups. This included automotive dealer advertising groups, motorcycle advertising groups, and a manufacturer’s motorcycle drag bike race team, creating the world’s fastest production drag bike in its class for BMW in 2009. He most enjoys helping independent people move towards interdependence and seeing them network and grow into healthy team players. He is the consummate middleman, eager to assist others to achieve a common goal. Justin Kingsland has built a reputation as a successful leader and agent of change.
In February 2016 Justin moved to Highlands NC with his 6 years old daughter Ashlyn and started Highlands Excursions. He has worked closely with the National Forest Service and obtained a special use permit which enables him to operate as an official expedition and mountain guide in the Great Smoky Mountain National Forest.
In 2013 Justin founded Overland Unlimited Bridge of Hope, a 501C3 non profit organization to help Veterans and Civilians overcome Post Traumatic Stress - Warrior Survival School is for Veterans and civilians. We deliver unique backroad expeditions that provide stress resiliency training, as well as wilderness survival skills.