|NPS||National Park Society ( החברה להגנת הטבע, Ha’khevra Le’haganat Ha’teva ). Is a makor NGO that’s been working for nature preservation and education for many years. It operates a network of Field Schools – regional centers for hiking and nature education. Helpful information can be gained from them.
|INT||Israeli National Trail (Shvil Israel שביל ישראל ) was formed in the late ninetees, by connecting pre-marked hiking trails coverying Israel from north to south. The trail does not enter the territories added to Israel in the 1967 six-days war. Two others trails – the Golan Heights Trail and the Jerusalem trail, fill the gap and make it easy to travel all over the place.|
|Water Forting||(Hatma’nat Ma’Im, הטמנת מים ) Water Forting is done by hiring a local Field Services Provider (list included), typically a nice guy with a pickup truck or a 4X4 who works with travelling agencies, who will leave water and dry food for you, in an agreed hided location close to or at the camping ground. This way the supplies and water wait for you there, saving you the efforts of carrying it on your back the whole time. The prices varies between 200-400 NIS, depending on various factors. Going hiking in a group of 3 or 4 is therefore strongly recommended, reducing both the weight on your back as well as the economic price.|
|Makhtesh||A makhtesh (Hebrew: מַכְתֵּשׁ ([maχˈteʃ]), plural: מַכְתְּשִׁים ([ˈmaχtəˌʃim]) – Makhteshim) is a geological landform considered unique to the Negevdesert of Israel and the Sinai Peninsula. Although commonly known as “craters” (a literal reading of the Hebrew, and due to the visual similarity), these formations are more accurately described as erosion cirques (steephead valleys or box canyons). A makhtesh has steep walls of resistant rock surrounding a deep closed valley which is usually drained by a single wadi. The valleys have limited vegetation and soil, containing a variety of different colored rocks and a diverse fauna and flora which has been protected and preserved over millions of years. The best known (and largest) makhtesh is Makhtesh Ramon of Israel’s Negev desert. ( © Wikipeida)|
|Couch Surfing||A world-wide alternative travelling community which allows every person to offer his couch for travelers to sleep in (and, thus, of course stay and host at his home), and on return, sleep on other people’s couches ( “surf” ). This is a great way to meet interesting people, know the country and the people in a very “real” way and also to save lots of money. Couch surfing is very popular in Israel and if you ask in advance, you will almost always get a couch !|
|Gevim (גבים)|| Gevim (גבים) are a kind of water imPermeable riverbeds (usually made of Chalk or Dolomtie) where some of the winters floods’ water are stored, forming naturally occurring pools of wonderful cold and refreshing water. Depending on the the stipness of the canyon, the amount of water that flooded, the geology and other factors, these pools sometime last all through the summer, making for wonderfull refreshments for hikers.|