Why should you bother attending the Wilderness Risk Management Conference? Get the inside scoop on the 2019 WRMC from NOLS staff member Molly Herber.
Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty (or resilience) is a major element of the leadership model NOLS teaches and it has broad applicability, ...
Sometimes being a good leader means admitting you don't know the answer, a lesson Carolyn Highland learned on her outdoor educator course in the ...
See why a former camp counselor thinks all camp staff should have wilderness medicine trainings!
Now's the time to apply lessons learned outdoors, like practicing LNT, having a positive attitude, and managing risk responsibly, to the frontcountry.
On an Alaska backpacking and sea kayaking course, NOLS grad Caroline Dooley realized that hiking like a girl is something to celebrate. Here's why.
Take this Wilderness First Aid quiz to test your knowledge about basic WFA skills.
The NOLS Tanzania Scientific Expedition is a unique opportunity to design and implement a scientific research study—and summit Mount Kilimanjaro!
Katie Raymond relives the unforgettable day when she paddled for 13 hours in stormy weather on her Yukon Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing ...
I had no idea I was going to work toward this masterpiece of a race, where I’d blend skills I'd spent years working on for 1,000 miles in the winter ...
In many ways, an all-women's course is just another NOLS course. But it's also something more.
Mistakes aren't fun. But they might be just what teens need to succeed! NOLS courses offer an opportunity to make mistakes productively and learn key ...
NOLS grad Kimberly Blazzard unexpectedly found herself putting her wilderness medicine skills into practice on a solo trip on the Appalachian Trail.
Do you know how to test an ankle injury for usability?
Worried that a NOLS gap year expedition is beyond your reach in terms of timing, finances, or technical skills? Guess again!
Choose a different kind of spring break this year. Forget the touristy beaches and overcrowded ski resorts and dive into a real outdoor adventure!
What do José González, Knight Campbell, and Kit DesLauriers have in common? Listen to their stories to learn how NOLS influenced their trails to ...
How much do you actually know about the human heart? Test your knowledge with this wilderness medicine quiz on the cardiovascular system.
Check out this video to learn a short and effective yoga routine that's designed specifically for paddlers!
Once upon a time, two young bankers met by chance, bonding over their NOLS expeditions in Wyoming's mountains. The rest is history—a true NOLS love ...
NOLS grad, former instructor, and current Board member Jimmy Chin shares reflections on adventure, storytelling, family, and his NOLS experience.
Even if you’ve never fly-fished, NOLS Wilderness Medicine has advice to prepare you for the hobby’s common risks, especially in the early season.
NOLS LGBTQ+ Canyonlands Backpacking grad, Mat Pryfogle, recounts his takeaways from NOLS' first LBGTQ+ Expedition.
There's nothing better than a hot meal after a day out in the cold! Try this cheesy potato soup recipe from NOLS Cookery on your next outdoor trip.
Do you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat a non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)? Test your wilderness medicine skills with this case study.
Check out our seven new expeditions for summer 2020 and start planning your next adventure!
Excited to go winter camping? These pro tips and instructions teach you how to build a quinzhee shelter out of snow instead of using a tent.
NOLS welcomes new president, and celebrates Paul Petzoldt's 112th birthday, our 55th anniversary, and 50th anniversary of 30 Days of Survival ...
Make outdoor-focused New Year's resolutions and achieve them in 2020.
NOLS Wilderness First Responder trainings aren't just for outdoor enthusiasts—they're also great prep for humanitarian work in disaster zones.
Do you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat a non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)? Test your wilderness medicine skills with this case study.
Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoorsy friend but not sure what to get? Check out our 2019 holiday gift guide!
What's a meal without dessert? Satisfy your sweet tooth and show off your backcountry cooking skills with this tasty fruit pie recipe from NOLS ...
Audrey Goral took a NOLS WFA thinking she would only use the skills for a sprained ankle. She never expected to use the skills on her twin in an ...
Do something different on Black Friday—join NOLS in opting outside! Here are some of our staff's top picks for awesome places to #OptOutside.
The horror movies turned out to be real—it's time to adapt your wilderness medicine skills to survive zombies!
This case study tests how well you can adapt when your patient has a potential life threat.
Happy Spooktober! Carve some fun nature-themed pumpkins with our first-ever NOLS pumpkin-carving stencils this Halloween.
On a NOLS expedition, Jack Johnson fell in love with wilderness medicine. Read about his journey from a 14-year-old backpacker to a Wilderness EMT!
It's no secret: wildfires are scary. If you're planning an outdoor trip in a fire-prone area, adding risk management strategies into your trip plan ...
Make spring break 2020 the ultimate outdoor adventure! Join NOLS to paddle the Baja coast, backcountry ski in the Rockies, or rock climb in the ...
Build on your wilderness medicine training and take your outdoor skills to the next level at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC).
Randy Aton, NOLS alum and Springdale city councilman, discusses the balance between wilderness and community.
While she's still not sure if she wants to be a ski guide, NOLS instructor Jesse Quillian has some lessons to share from her recent training.
Instructor Andy thought improving at climbing was about knowing enough knots and climbing hard enough routes— but it turns out there's more to it ...
Senior Student Program Coordinator & academic advisor for Canfield Business Honors Program at UT Austin sees her students grow in surprising ways ...
Always start with the first 5 steps of the scene size-up when responding to an emergency.
You've spotted a fallen hiker on the trail: thinking back to your NOLS Wilderness Medicine course, do you remember how to perform an initial ...
Come to NOLS India to explore the landscape and culture of the Himalaya. Engage with local communities while backpacking and mountaineering.
Already dreading the end of summer? Don't despair—check out our 2020 summer expeditions and start dreaming about next year's adventures!
How do you manage the inherent risks, like limited communication or distance from medical care, of exploring remote areas? Take a Wilderness Safety ...
NOLS and the outdoor recreation industry are rallying behind the Securing Outdoor Access for Recreation Act.
This case study tests how well you can adapt when you're responsible for not just one patient, but an entire group.
NOLS grad-turned-instructor Katiya Gombar says that not a single day goes by without thinking of her expedition in Alaska and the lessons she learned ...
We're not saying you should never bring your phone camping. But here are some good reasons to consider a tech-free adventure.
You're probably already familiar with the seven Leave No Trace principles—here are some additional tips to guarantee your next hike is low impact.
In Alaska I realized I might not be the most extroverted human, but I didn’t have to be. Someone else could do that and there would still be space—a ...
Test your wilderness medicine knowledge with this case study about a patient with flu-like symptoms that may be related to a tick-borne illness.
Don’t let these dates sneak up on you—summer’s going by quickly and winter will be here before you know it.
Wondering what a NOLS river course is like? Get the inside scoop from instructors and students.
NOLS grad Eric Johnson unveils the mystery of a Wilderness First Responder certification: earning your 'Woofer' makes you a #lowkeysuperhero.
My friends were confused about why someone who'd just gotten a masters in Public Health would join a NOLS expedition in Patagonia—quite frankly, so ...
How can NOLS courses help us plan for long duration space flight? Notre Dame PhD candidate Mallika Sarma does the research to find out.
USNA grad and Marine veteran Mike Titzer reflects on the lessons he learned on his student course and his return to Alaska as a NOLS instructor.
You're a first responder helping a patient who was bucked off their horse. The assessment might reveal something more troubling than what meets the ...
Going on an expedition is one thing—going with your spouse can be something else entirely.
NOLS grad Alison Peterson shares how she developed deeper relationships with those around her on a Semester in Baja.
Steve reflects on the lasting impact of his homestay with a host family in Tanzania during his Semester in East Africa with NOLS.
NOLS river expeditions offer chances to paddle both calm waters and up to Class III whitewater in kayaks, oar rigs, and rafts.
After a strenuous hike, you and your team find a tent just off the trail at 11,300 ft. You call out, “Hello, is anyone in the tent? This is search ...
Jessey Jansen shares memories from her Women's Baja Sea Kayaking expedition.
NOLS instructor Natalie Sands writes about making hard decisions about the most challenging rapid she's ever faced.
It's April 1st! Time to check out a list of the latest custom NOLS gear you can't be without.
Learn about the personal expeditions NOLS instructors undertook in the mountains, rivers, and frontcountry for professional development in 2018.
Do you enjoy recreating outdoors? Here are the top 7 reasons why you should consider to taking a NOLS Wilderness First Aid course.
NOLS grad Mairin Rogers shares what she learned on her Semester in Baja about being brave rather than constantly trying to achieve perfection.
Test your knowledge about caring for patients who may have head injuries with this wilderness medicine case study.
Kenyan mountain guide and medic Carol Wanjiru shares her journey on a NOLS course for East African outdoor professionals.
So many abbreviations, so little time! Take a look at these need-to-know acronyms for wilderness medicine.
Tricia shares her story of a gap year filled with glacier walks, ABBA songs, and Kiwi slang on a Semester in New Zealand.
Check out our 5-step process to performing a thorough risk management review tailored to your organization.
Winter is ripe for lessons in expedition behavior (EB) for everyone, especially kids.
Now an associate professor at Western Carolina University, NOLS grad Andrew Bobilya still treasures the lessons he learned on his Baja sea kayaking ...
Test your knowledge with a case study based on a real event in the '80s where Wilderness First Responders aided a hiker suffering from weakness and ...
NOLS instructor Katie Oram shares everything she knows about winter camping—we mean everything.
NOLS Instructor Willy Oppenheim describes the difficulties and exhilaration of a stunning first ascent of two peaks in Chilean Patagonia.
The patient commented that their toes have been cold and numb all day, but thought they could get by until getting into their sleeping bag. Read the ...
NOLS grad Claire Burgeson shares her study abroad experience in Baja through stunning photos of beaches and wildlife, local practices and food, and ...
While recovering from a devastating injury, Jim Harris found himself returning to key life lessons he learned as a teen on a NOLS backpacking course.
Your favorite photos of wilderness, friendship, and leadership from the NOLS Instagram account in 2018.
As 2018 wraps up, our team gathered this year’s most popular wilderness medicine topics from the NOLS Blog.
NOLS instructor and American Avalanche Association executive director Jaime Musnicki talks about her career in the outdoor industry.
Skiing and winter camping are the bread and butter of NOLS winter instructor Kate Koons
The WRMC is about community as much as it is about improving risk management practices, as NOLS staffer Day Scott writes.
In the middle of a semester of complete chaos, Olivia Hewitt decided to take a NOLS course and writes about why you should do a NOLS course even - ...
John Gans is NOLS' longest-serving director and his tenure has been notable for strengthening the school and prioritizing the well-being and needs of ...
NOLS alumni give advice for taking friends and family on a NOLS alumni trip.
NOLS instructor Jake Blackwelder tells the story of a rescue on a rock climbing route in Moab, Utah.
Rebeca Espinosa, a NOLS Gateway Scholar, set off on her Wilderness Horsepacking and learned to find satisfaction in the hard work of horsepacking.
Mingyuk Chen shares sketches and stories from her expedition with NOLS in Tanzania, East Africa
See if you know how to aid an injured skier with this wilderness medicine case study.
Take a look at new upcoming courses for winter and spring in 2019.
Leadership is about more than the designated leader—anyone can be in a leadership role at any moment.
One NOLS graduate uses her Wilderness First Responder skills to help a surfer in need.
Claire found the new experiences and energy she needed to refresh from school on a Semester in Baja
The patient is a 30-year-old complaining of fatigue, dizziness, and a headache—how will you respond? Test your knowledge with this case study.
A NOLS alumni reflects on the lessons of watching a sunrise in the Himalaya Mountains.
Sprains and strains are some of the most common injuries you'll encounter in the outdoors. Are you prepared to recognize and treat them?
NOLS grad Alyssa Walker concludes that camping with her two young children was magical—and also one of the hardest things she's ever done as a parent.
On outdoor semester with NOLS, you'll learn to find navigate in the wilderness—which might just help you find clarity on your journey through life as ...
Research shows that NOLS semesters better equip students for real-world problem solving than traditional classroom-based courses.
When gender or sex is relevant to treating a patient, it's important to communicate respectfully and not make assumptions.
Master the art of baking cinnamon rolls on a camp stove with this tasty recipe.
You find a hiker who you think might be suffering from altitude illness - after introducing yourselves, and with the patient's permission, you and ...
The world is already starting to feel the effects of climate change. Here's some examples of how your next outdoor trip might be affected and how to ...
Take this wilderness medicine quiz to find out what you really know about the symptoms and treatment for altitude illness.
Chilean NOLS grad Ignacio Martínez shares stories and advice from his Semester in Patagonia.
For the last 25 years NOLS has worked with partners across the outdoor industry to improve risk management awareness, standards, and practices.
Read our tested strategies for handling the first aid hazards you’re most likely to see when you go fishing in lakes, rivers, streams, or the ocean.
NOLS instructor Liz Townsend believes the most important leadership lessons are learned outdoors—not in the business world (although they do apply ...
Carolyn Highland reflects on one of her favorite days ever—ascending an unnamed peak with a student-only team on her NOLS semester—and its lasting ...
Test your wilderness medicine skills to see how you would respond to this first-aid scenario.
Sarah Delany reflects on the most impactful—and toughest—day of the customized NOLS course she took with fellow Bates College students in the ...
How much do you really know about heat illness and dehydration? Test your skills with this first aid quiz from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
Breaking the norms of leadership styles helped this NOLS grad grow on an all-women's course in Baja California, Mexico.
How do you make decisions about evacuating a patient from the wilderness?
Check out a collection of stories from some of the expeditions and trainings instructors pursued in 2017 to continue growing as leaders and educators.
Don't believe everything you see in the movies! Get the real scoop on common myths about treating snakebites from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
The term shock gets tossed around frequently, but what does it actually refer to in medical terms and how should you respond?
NOLS grad Maddy Eschholz reflects on the transferrable lessons she brought home from her outdoor semester in the Rockies.
Get ready for your next trip with these tips on how to pack your backpack.
Kathryn Wheeler reflects on the role of technology in our daily lives and offers advice on how to truly unplug.
Explore new NOLS courses for fall and into December of 2018.
A Columbia Business School student shares the lessons he took home from a challenging backpacking expedition in Patagonia with NOLS.
Do you know how to recognize and treat bites from fire ants, scorpions, snakes, spiders, and ticks? Test you knowledge with this quiz.
A NOLS grad, writer, and mother of two, Alyssa Walker reflects on how the expedition behavior she learned in Alaska applies to parenting.
Review the steps of the head-to-toe exam with this NOLS Wilderness First Aid grad's hand-drawn diagram.
Test whether you know what to do in this case study of a storm brewing and a nearby lightning strike.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine grad Carina Ahlqvist will be the first Scandinavian woman to summit Makalu— but that's not why she joined the 2018 Climate ...
Struggling with the big city life she thought she wanted, Elena Rodriguez realized that what she actually needed was a NOLS course—or two.
If you're camping and someone gets burned, do you know how to help? Test your first aid skills with this wilderness medicine quiz.
Learning leadership doesn't have to wait till you're an adult—given the opportunity, teens show they're capable of good decision making and problem ...
You never know when your first aid training might come in handy—you might even wind up using your skills to treat your pet!
Want to take a NOLS course? Here's how to get your boss on board.
Getting caught by a fishhook isn't fun, but it doesn't necessarily mean the end of your fishing trip—if you have the appropriate first-aid skills.
Stop! Before you make that decision—have you considered what type of decision-making strategy you're using and why?
See what you would do to respond to and treat a possible snakebite.
Test what you know about providing first aid for ears, eyes, nose, and teeth when you're in the wilderness.
Outdoor educator Erin Phillips shares reflections on the time she spent exploring the Utah desert on a NOLS semester expedition.
Lynn Hill is famous for her legendary free climb of the Nose on El Capitan. What you might not know is that she's a NOLS Wilderness First Responder ...
NOLS instructor Jonathan Brooks uses words and images to chronicle his journey through British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.
We're excited to share new courses for summer 2018!
What would you do to help a patient with hypothermia while winter camping?
My 30-day NOLS course was the hardest test of will, teamwork, strength and leadership I’ve ever experienced.
Do you know how to recognize and treat a patient having an allergic reaction? Take this quiz to find out.
Instructor Tim Kelley shares his passion for packrafting and explains what to expect on a NOLS packrafting expedition, based on a course he taught in ...
Environmental stewardship is a foundational value at NOLS and greenhouse gas reporting is one way we're engaging with climate change mitigation.
Here are the top six reasons why one NOLS Wilderness Medicine grad recommends taking a Wilderness EMT course.
Antarctic expedition contractors, wilderness therapists, university outdoor program supervisors—what do they have in common? Managing risk in dynamic ...
The post author learned that stepping into life back home is as important a skill as living in the wilderness.
We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the seven most-read stories from 2017.
Adventuring in nature has the ability to open our hearts and interpretive learning opens our minds.
Director of Teaching and Learning at the Korea International School (KIS) talks about lessons learned from a risk management training.
Test how you would respond to possible frostbite with this wilderness medicine case study.
I had registered for the women's climbing course for many reasons, but my essential motive was to be in a positive, supportive, and encouraging ...
If you're looking to start a job in the outdoor industry, a wilderness medicine certification is a great way to start.
Cal Poly recreation and adventure education staff talk about how risk management adds perspective and growth for their students and programs.
To help students learn about backcountry cooking, we started collecting recipes and published the first cookery in 1974. The 7th edition comes out ...
Carolyn shares the letter she wrote to herself on a one-night solo near the end of her Semester in New Zealand.
NOLS caught up with Marin Academy Director of Outings Julie Barnes to find out why she values risk taking, risk management, and wilderness-based ...
Parent Shelli Johnson writes about what it was like for her son to go on a 30-day NOLS course
Do you know how to help with first aid for winter injuries and illnesses?
An instructor team heads to North America's largest wilderness to explore new rivers and mountains by packraft.
You know you've found the perfect adventure partner when you wake up to the smell of biscuits baking in the morning.
Knowing how to identify and manage pediatric medical issues can help your family have a fun adventure in the backcountry.
Looking back with a critical eye, I can see the poetry of the experience. Dramatic, refreshing, limit-pushing poetry.
We found ourselves in a boat pulling away from the only dry land we could see. It looked like a normal city neighborhood had been built in the middle ...
Covered with white glaciers, Denali towers incredibly high above all the other Alaska Range peaks and the surrounding green tundra.
You are a member of your community’s Search and Rescue team. You and an EMS team are responding to the scene of a BASE-jumping accident…
Knowing what needs to be done and how to do it are important parts of expedition behavior.
Call it a microadventure or a day out of the house—just get out and explore what’s around you.
Telling your friends about the peak you climbed or the rapid you ran are the things you want to bring home from the backcountry—not a foodborne ...
These no-bake snacks are an easy recipe to keep in your fridge so that, when it's time for your next adventure, you don't need to scramble for a ...
When you know your tendencies, you can avoid the downfalls that come with making decisions based on incorrect or incomplete information.
Packing enough to be prepared without going overboard and letting your worries hijack your decision making takes practice.
Alum Dave’s NOLS course jumpstarted a new life of activity and adventure—at age 49.
Fill up for breakfast or dinner with this tasty camping recipe for potato pancakes.
For first-time trip leaders or seasoned explorers, here are some tips to encourage a high-functioning team on your next excursion.
Fixing outdoor gear isn’t complicated, as long as you have a few of the right tools.
After dropping my pack and pulling out a much-needed Snickers bar, I sat on the ground and tried to digest what had happened over the past few days.
Prepare at home before hitting the trail, then just add boiling water when you’re ready to eat.
Do service work at a school in Tanzania, explore remote cave paintings in Baja California, and grow your avalanche awareness with a winter ski ...
2017 NOLS Summit speaker and instructor Eric Boggs shares how storytelling is a powerful way to teach leadership.
During a NOLS course that’s longer than a week, you’ll likely have a number of “re-supplies” or “re-rations” where you’ll receive new food, fuel, and ...
Besides saving money, choosing durable gear means conserving natural resources and minimizing your carbon footprint by not constantly replacing your ...
Revamp your first aid kit before a trip with these five tips.