Blog — Outdoors Skills

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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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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