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Why City People Are Made for the Backcountry

Why City People Are Made for the Backcountry

By Shelby Cranshaw, Fall 2016 PR and Marketing Intern, Semester in Patagonia ‘15, Wilderness First Aid ‘15 A city prepares you for the backcountry more than most might think. We call them “concrete jungles” for a reason. In a city, you develop a certain set of skills that translate surprisingly wellRead more...
Educator Expedition: Assistant Overnight Guide Course - Learning the Ways of the Ocean

Educator Expedition: Assistant Overnight Guide Course - Learning the Ways of the Ocean

By Genevieve Bartlam, instructor Where did you go for your trip and how long was it? For this 9 day course we explored two different areas around Vancouver Island off of the west coast of British Columbia. We spent the first 3 days working on skills base camped on the south part ofRead more...
11 Essentials to Complete Your Backcountry Kitchen

11 Essentials to Complete Your Backcountry Kitchen

By Samantha Cook, Summer 2016 Alumni Intern Having a complete cooking for camping set does not come easy. Outdoor gear can be expensive, and usually has to be bought in small doses. You might have a stove, but no spice kit. You may have a knife, but no fry-bake. It’s a smartRead more...
Why Yellowstone and Other Parks Come to the WRMC

Why Yellowstone and Other Parks Come to the WRMC

By Cassi Smith, 2016 WRMC Intern We recently caught up with the operations manager for Yellowstone Association Institute, John Harmer. Yellowstone Association explains, “Since 1976, its programs have introduced thousands of students to the park’s natural wonders. Programs range from one day to three weeks in length.” Perhaps you will see similarities toRead more...
Educator Expedition: Paddling at the South Pacific Sea Kayak Symposium

Educator Expedition: Paddling at the South Pacific Sea Kayak Symposium

By Jonny Hepburn, instructor Southern Chile offers world class sea kayaking. In northern Patagonia, where NOLS is based, the Pacific Coast of South America fragments into a network of islands and fjords that offer some of the most remote, challenging, and beautiful paddling in the world. I had the chance toRead more...
7 Common Backcountry Supplies for an Improvised Splint

7 Common Backcountry Supplies for an Improvised Splint

An important part of preparing for emergencies in the backcountry is knowing how to improvise solutions when things go wrong. When you have a patient with a limb you need to immobilize, you can probably find the materials to make a good splint with a few simple items from your pack! ARead more...
Educator Expedition: A Day in the Waddington Range

Educator Expedition: A Day in the Waddington Range

By Katie Oram, Roger Yim, Dane Sherstad, and Jeremy Porter, instructors We arrived in Bluff Lake, British Columbia at 1:30AM from various places: Roger and I driving 30 hours from Wyoming, Jeremy flying in from California and Dane just finishing up class in Vancouver. We had been talking about it forRead more...
Why Conservation Crews Benefit from the WRMC

Why Conservation Crews Benefit from the WRMC

By Cassi Smith, 2016 WRMC Intern We recently caught up with Sean Damitz, Department Director of the Utah Conservation Corps. The UCC is nationally recognized for creating sustainable communities and conserving the natural heritage of the Intermountain West. Perhaps you will see similarities to your own program and discover how theRead more...
The Backpacker’s Guide to Happy Feet

The Backpacker’s Guide to Happy Feet

If you like to adventure outdoors, you’ll know during backpacking trips that your feet are your primary mode of transportation. Spending extra effort to keep your feet happy and dry is well worth your time and attention. After all, your feet are essentially your “wheels” in the backcountry! It can beRead more...
Reasons to Take a Longer Trip

Reasons to Take a Longer Trip

By Shelby Cranshaw, Fall 2016 PR and Marketing Intern, Semester in Patagonia ‘15, Wilderness First Aid ‘15 Spending an extended period of time in the backcountry can seem challenging even to the most experienced of wilderness travelers, but you can learn a lot of humorous and valuable lessons when you'reRead more...

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