Saturday, November 30, 2019

The 2019 Adventure Otaku Holiday Gear List!

Every year I publish a list of holiday gifts for the adventurer in your life.  This year I wanted to do something a little bit different. T I wanted the list to specifically make peoples outdoor adventures better and safer. In general, my mission in life is to get people active in the outdoors. Here is this years list. Here is the accompanying video.

#1 Hydration is key. Most of the time water will suffice. But in the dog days of summer when the temperature is 102 (and the water is 86) and I still have to teach kayaking or SUP, water won't cut it. I switch to NUUN Hydration products. They taste great, they have electrolytes. They replenish what I have lost and keep me going. It isn't always that extreme, sometimes I just need a break from water. Get this variety pack for around $40 or buy them one at a time just about anywhere for $7

#2 I live my life in a wet environment. Over the years I have used every brand of dry bag made, and then one day I turned around and realized all my dry bags were made by one brand. Sea to Summit. Available in sizes from 1 liter to 60 liters, and Ultra-sil - thin to Big River thick (With Lightweight in the middle) these are my bags of choice. From compression sacks for sleeping bags to taper bags for clothes to lightweights for first aid kits and bear bags and small big rivers for deck bags, You can't go wrong. From $14.95

#3 The best bang for your buck headlamp on the market, the Black Diamond Spot 325 - to be fair, there are a lot of good headlamps out there. But dollars for lumens, this is the best deal, and I love the adjustability and waterproofness. You may get tempted by rechargeable headlamps, but the batteries don't last. Just buy yourself some rechargeable triple A batteries and use those. $39.95

#4 I have bought Map and Compass Navigation for over 20 years, and been practicing nav for 30. Use one compass, the Suunto M3 - it has everything you need and nothing you don't. I use it on land, at sea and in the class room. $44.00

#5 I use them for everything. Class notes, lesson plans, and brilliant ideas. The Field Notes books are inexpensive and waterproof (some versions) $12.95 for a pack of three.

#6 Required reading if you work in the outdoors. Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez. Who lives, who dies and why. The science of survival. Learn why others died so you can avoid their mistakes. The other books I mentioned in this part of the video are my own, links are in the sidebar, as well as The Spirt of St. Louis, and Endurance. Both great adventure reads. $varied depending on format

#7 Required gear and people don't like spending their money on this, so it makes a great gift. I like these because they are easy to work out of. You can see how I set up first aid kits here. $23.95 and up.

#8 Even more important than a first aid kit is knowing how to use one. Take a WFA course. Reach out to me if you want to take one with me as your instructor. I teach bout 12 of them a year.  $245 to $300.

#9 My new favorite tent. The Passage one. Simple. Easy to set up. Roomy for one. I wish it had two doors but that is true of all one person tents. An amazing kayaking tent and not bad for backpacking.

#10 I don't know why people struggle with this, but I see it all the time. Wear. Base. Layers. It is that simple. Once the temp drops to the mid 40's I am in them full time. It is the foundation for everything else. A lot of people skip this, and it is a simple mistake. Currently I am using the REI lightweight and midweight bottoms and tops, but if you want the best of the best try the smartwool merino's.

Need more inspiration, here is the 2018 List.

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