Welcome to the 3rd and final portion of the Ten Essentials series, providing insight into wilderness preparedness since March 13, 2015. If you are just visiting us without having seen the previous two posts (The Ten Essentials: Part One, The Ten Essentials: Part Two) do whatever catching up you feel appropriate for expanding your own outdoor education.
Now where were we? Ah, yes, the third item in Ten Essentials “Systems”! Previously in The Ten Essentials: Part 1 of 3 we spoke about the creation of the basic Ten Essentials and its transformation into the Ten Essential “Systems”. We covered the importance of Navigation and Sun Protection, but in this entry we will talk about Insulation, Illumination, First-Aid Supplies, and Fire.
A couple weeks ago in the How to Pack Your Kayak post I briefly went into detail about the Ten Essentials. Today I will be talking more in depth about these tools, why you need to have them, what kinds of benefits they add to not only your outdoor life but your everyday life and which products are the best.
Before you set out on any kayaking excursion, be it fishing, long distance, camping, or whitewater, its crucial to have your dry hatch essentials prepared and properly stocked. Although all of these different styles typically require different calibers of gear and equipment, there are some not so obvious basics necessary for any adventure.
Imagine this scenario if you will: it’s Valentine’s Day, you planned to surprise your lover at work with chocolates and flowers all in the spirit of the day. You’ll proceed to tell her that you’ve made dinner reservations for The Melting Pot way in advance (impressive move) and she’ll be excited, but not quite as excited as she would be if this next scenario unfolded.
Most northerners know what it takes to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and Im not talking about that magical liquid in the flask. Im talking about the gear you will need to hang out in the cold and not even notice its -30 degrees.
Oh hey holidays, where you been? I’ve been looking for you for the last 300 some-odd days!
With holiday shopping season is in full swing and gift guides popping up seemingly every minute on our Facebook feeds, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to simplify your gift giving list with a few gems from ACK’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. I mean between work, holiday parties, workouts (burning off those Christmas cookies!
We all know the perils of Holiday shopping: the “who wants what”, “how much do I spend”, or “will my brother just end up returning these REALLY expensive jeans I got him” questions that arise every winter season.