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10 Ways to Celebrate While in the Backcountry

10 Ways to Celebrate While in the Backcountry

Just because you're camping doesn't mean that you can't celebrate any occasion with a little creative and a healthy dollop of fun! Here are a few ideas for ways to make any celebration perfect in the backcountry. 1. Decorate! What’s a party without decorations? Set the celebration mood with do-it-yourself decor from thingsRead more...
7 Musical Instruments to Take Backpacking

7 Musical Instruments to Take Backpacking

By Jacob Taswell, Rocky Mountain Intern, Summer 2016 Of all the frontcountry comforts, music is one of the things I miss the most when I go into the wilderness. I can’t bring a piano out there, and even a guitar is pretty cumbersome. Luckily, I don’t have to leave music behind altogether. InRead more...
13 Signs You’re Having Trouble Getting Back into City Life

13 Signs You’re Having Trouble Getting Back into City Life

Spending days at a time in the outdoors is pretty darn awesome, but at some point, we all come back to the frontcountry. For some of us, it can be hard to make that transition happen. Here are a few signs that you’re having trouble transitioning back to life in theRead more...
Putting Leadership into Practice: AmeriCorps and NOLS

Putting Leadership into Practice: AmeriCorps and NOLS

By Travis Davis, AmeriCorps Alumnus, NOLS Whitewater Expedition ‘15, Wilderness First Aid ‘16, NOLS Marketing Representative Travis reflects on his experiences serving with AmeriCorps and his NOLS courses, thinking about how their intersection has helped him grow and develop as a leader. How did what you learned at AmeriCorps complement what you learned on yourRead more...
To Drink or Not to Drink?

To Drink or Not to Drink?

By Tod Schimelpfenig, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director "When you find yourself in an emergency situation, is it better to resort to drinking unfiltered and possibly contaminated water or drinking no water at all?" It’s a question, or as we like to say at NOLS, a judgment call, of which is the greaterRead more...
Ready for the Challenge: How I Became a Wilderness EMT

Ready for the Challenge: How I Became a Wilderness EMT

By Andy Burdin, Wilderness EMT ‘16 I found myself patient-side during an intensive and grueling scenario at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus in Lander, Wyoming. “Keep holding still, you’re doing great,” I told Anna. Our eyes met as I held her hand and she took panicked breaths through the non-rebreather that wasRead more...
Backcountry Chilling Over Oil Drilling [Book Review]

Backcountry Chilling Over Oil Drilling [Book Review]

By Samantha Cook, Summer 2016 Alumni Relations Intern There’s been a debate about it since 1980. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been threatened for years because of the oil within its borders. Due to political pressure, a 1.5 million-acre section of coastal plain was left unprotected. In 1980, Congress renamed the region,Read more...
How I Became a NOLS Nerd

How I Became a NOLS Nerd

By Jonas Alexanderson, Alaska Sea Kayaking - Prime ‘12 “Next year I will turn 50 years old,” I told my wife. This was 2011 and I didn’t want any presents. Instead, I wanted to travel to Alaska from my home in Sweden to sea kayak. After some research on the Internet,Read more...
Beyond Limits and Proud: LGBT & NOLS Wilderness Medicine Experience

Beyond Limits and Proud: LGBT & NOLS Wilderness Medicine Experience

By Emily Ambrose, Wilderness First Responder ‘14 I entered the Wilderness First Responder course nervous. It was January, four months prior to my first season as a rafting guide on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon for AzRA Discovery. The WFR certification through NOLS Wilderness Medicine would grant me theRead more...
Thanking the Wilderness for Letting Me In

Thanking the Wilderness for Letting Me In

By Maya Johnston, Semester in the Pacific Northwest ‘15 "T’is not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die. It may be that the gulfs willRead more...

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