Your Favorite Posts of 2015

By Katherine Boehrer

Dec 28, 2015

'Tis the season for top 10 lists! We've had a great year on the NOLS Blog thanks to you, our readers! To celebrate, we took a look back your favorite posts from this year.

These were the top 10 most popular posts of 2015:

1. Which NOLS Course Are You? [Quiz]

NOLS Pacific Northwest Base Photo by Brad Christensen.

Because who doesn't love a good quiz?

2. Urine a Fix?

WMI Scenario Leg Irrigation Photo by Shana Tarter.

Your answer to the question, "Should I pee on this?"

3. 3 Things that Drive Me Nuts in Wilderness Medicine Education

Arm Splint A real splint on a Wind River Wilderness course, circa 1976. Photo from NOLS Archives

Learn what drives Tod Schimelpfenig crazy in today's wilderness medicine education.

4. How to Prevent and Treat Blisters [Video]

NOLS Mythcrushers on Blisters Image from NOLS Mythcrushers.

We've all had them - here's how to deal with them.

5. Test Your Backcountry Lightning Knowledge [Quiz]

Lightning Against Dark Sky Photo from

Do you know what to do in a lightning storm in the backcountry?

6. Why Outdoorsy People Make the Best Co-workers

Hikers jump in unison Photo by Kyle Duba.

Because we're all awesome, obviously.

7. 6 Odd Things to Bring to the Backcountry

Alaska backpacking Photo by Brooks Eaton

We've got some odd things on NOLS equipment lists, but everything has its use!

8. Four Key Leadership Roles

Yukon Map Photo by Brent Day.

The four leadership roles and how you can use them every day.

9. 5 Things You Already Do That Make You a Female Outdoor Leader

A woman pauses while mountaineering in India Photo by David Anderson.

Well done, ladies!

10. 4 Unusual Ingredients to Enhance Any Backcountry Recipe

Corn cakes in pan, photo courtesy Alex Chang, Cornell Leadership Expedition Photo courtesy of Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition.

We've all got a few cooking tricks up our sleeves - here's one instructor's advice.

Special thanks to all the NOLS grads, instructors, and staff who contributed to the blog this year! If you're interested in contributing to the NOLS Blog, send an email to

Post cover photo by Kyle Duba.

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Written By

Katherine Boehrer

Katherine is an Alaska Backpacking graduate and was the NOLS Social Media Coordinator. When she’s offline she enjoys running, backpacking, hiking, and cooking.

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