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Gilad Nachmani
Getting Into Solo Backpacking

Getting Into Solo Backpacking

Everyone who is into backpacking has been asked about going solo, and if you know of people who do solo backpacking, you must have wondered how they do it. Let me start by saying that I spend most of my time outdoors by myself, completely. Rarely do I hike with any company and all my adventures are solo backpacking trips. The idea of going solo was born partially by accident and continued out of necessity and to get some of the “me time” effect. The first time I went solo backpacking was while traveling in South America, specifically Chile, with a...

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Gilad Nachmani
How to get lighter outdoors

How to get lighter outdoors

We all know the classic image of the outdoors backpacker: heavy leather boots, wool socks, shorts and a massive backpack with too much stuff attached on the outside. That image of a heavy laden walker has changed over the last 20 years, especially with the introduction of minimalist footwear and ultra running, creating a whole industry of lightweight gear. Who wouldn’t like to be “lightweight” when outdoors? Being nimble, fast and not dreading putting on the backpack after a much-needed break; but the lightweight community tends to be harsh on ways cut weight, including some myths like cutting toothbrushes in...

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Gilad Nachmani
Tips and tricks to hike 25 miles days

Tips and tricks to hike 25 miles days

Whether it is thru-hiking, and weekend backpacking trip or day hike, covering more distance is not just about feeling that you achieved more, it also allows you to see more, get to more remote places and enjoy nature more wholesomely. Hiking 25 miles days is very doable under most 3 seasons conditions and allows for a good balance between effort and enjoyment. To help you get to the comfortable 25 miles days, here are a few tips and tricks: Longer days This is probably the most obvious, but what does it mean? Before leaving on your trip, know (roughly) sunrise and...

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Gilad Nachmani
How not to get lost outdoors

How not to get lost outdoors

What does it mean to be lost outdoors? We sure all know how it feels, but how does it happen? How do we actually “get lost,” and what can we do to avoid it?The Oxford dictionary defines lost as ‘unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts’. So being lost is when you can’t find where you are trying to go, or when you can’t find where you are. Is it a future problem (where do I go?), or is it a present issue (where am I?). In his book, Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales defines lost in a way that combines...

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