Blog — Outdoors Skills

Lauren Hudgins
My Dad's First Outdoor Gear

My Dad's First Outdoor Gear

While growing up in central Maryland, my father was the one to introduce me to camping, hiking, and canoeing, which he had been doing for decades. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, during WWII, where he lived until he went to college at Sewanee in 1959. In the late 40s and 50s he was a Boy Scout and then a Senior Scout (Explorer) and that's how he got introduced to outdoor activities. Two books I found on Dad's bookshelf: The Camper's Bible (1970) and  The Sierra Club Wilderness Handbook (3rd printing: 1968)  Most of their Boy Scout gear came from army surplus,...

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Gilad Nachmani
Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Upgrading 3 Season Gear to 4 Seasons on a Budget

Getting into four season gear can be pricey: warmer sleeping system, more complicated layering, new footwear solutions, etc. In reality, if you have a solid three season system, getting to four seasons (snowy winters) doesn't have to cost a fortune or be very complicated. First, let's break down the main changes that need to be made: Increasing the warmth of your sleeping system: sleeping pad and insulation Estimating the need for a 4 season shelter Updating to a 4 season cooking system Adjusting to the appropriate layering system Choosing and getting the right footwear Finding the right balance at camp With that outlined,...

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Gilad Nachmani
Getting The Most From Your Insulation

Getting The Most From Your Insulation

When it comes to what insulation clothing is needed in the outdoors, you can find so much information that it is just amazing, and most of it is pretty good. What I have noticed, though, about the information available, the questions I get asked and the people I meet outdoors is that there is an implementation gap: many have no idea how to utilize their insulation layers for the best efficiency, comfort and weight. In order to add some guidance about the best way to use insulation and staying comfortable this coming winter, I wrote below about my method of...

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Gilad Nachmani
Rain Protection Alternatives To Waterproofs

Rain Protection Alternatives To Waterproofs

Now that the rainy is season is fully upon us, I hope you have had a chance to go hiking in the rain or are planning on going soon—it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors! The big problem with hiking in the rain is that at some point you will get wet. It might take 2, 3 or 8 hours, but if you spend long enough outdoors in the rain, getting in wet is inevitable. You can "arm" yourself with as many waterproof garments as you wish: jacket, pants, boots, gloves, the lot, but at some point you...

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