Blog — Outdoors Skills

Gilad Nachmani
Basic Navigation With A Map And Compass

Basic Navigation With A Map And Compass

Navigating when outdoors is pretty much a necessity to avoid getting lost, even if you are on clearly marked trails; we all have stories about walking/cycling/running on a clear route just to get distracted and end up on the wrong path. Venturing beyond the beaten path requires you to know navigation, and despite the simplicity of GPS based devices nothing beats knowing to navigate with a compass and map. Here I want to cover the basics of good map and compass skills such as: Orienting a compass and a map Using an azimuth (and bearing) Finding your direction of travel...

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Gilad Nachmani
Packing A Backpacker's Version Of A Bug Out Bag

Packing A Backpacker's Version Of A Bug Out Bag

The Bug Out Bag concept is one of those basic preparedness ideas that are highly recommended by emergency services for people who live in disaster prone areas. The idea is simple: a readily packed bag that allows you to be self sufficient for a set period, usually 24-72 hours. This is a very good idea if you are in an area that might be evacuated quickly due to flooding, earthquakes, etc. But I'm not interested in writing about a bug out bag, there are enough great articles out there about that topic. What I want to talk about is where this bug out bag mindset...

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Gilad Nachmani
Being Prepared On The Trail Without Carrying A Ton

Being Prepared On The Trail Without Carrying A Ton

September was the month of preparedness - almost seems like a cruel joke, given the number of devastating natural disasters the US experienced that month. Being prepared is an odd thing - is it an "end of the world apocalypse" mindset or is it just making sure you have some jumper cables in your car? Too often the preparedness is taken over by various doomsday loonies, which makes most of us a bit wary of it. This is wrong. As the weather continues to get more out of whack, it only makes sense to be prepared - it is a healthy precaution and doesn't...

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Gilad Nachmani
Staying Fire Safe in the Backcountry

Staying Fire Safe in the Backcountry

This summer in the Northern hemisphere has been hot, really hot, and for many of us it has been combined with hot dry winds and the dreaded warning: smokey. Here in the Western USA, August saw a multitude of wildfires raging in the backcountry, destroying thousands upon thousands of beautiful nature spots. Parts of the PCT have been closed and diversions were needed. Southern Europe wasn't spared either: wildfires took villages and nature spots all throughout the region. This is amazingly frustrating, especially after such a cold and wet (and long!) winter - I guess climate change is real. Wildfires...

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