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Case Study: An Undefined Rash

When symptoms are hard to define, the skills of decision-making and problem solving become more important. Test what you know in this case study!

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Lightning Safety for Anglers

Summer means it’s time to grab your fishing gear and head outside. But have you checked the forecast—and do you know how to manage risk from a ...

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Resources for Anti-Racism

If you, like us, are looking to the leadership of those who have invested years in anti-racism advocacy, these resources that can provide a starting ...

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Case Study: Cold Injuries on a Hike

Do you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat a non-freezing cold injury (NFCI)? Test your wilderness medicine skills with this case study.

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Hiking Like a Girl

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.

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5 Myths About a NOLS Gap Year

Worried that a NOLS gap year expedition is beyond your reach in terms of timing, finances, or technical skills? Guess again!

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How To Build a Winter Snow Shelter

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.

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Celebrating NOLS in the New Year

NOLS welcomes new president, and celebrates Paul Petzoldt's 112th birthday, our 55th anniversary, and 50th anniversary of 30 Days of Survival ...

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoorsy friend but not sure what to get? Check out our 2019 holiday gift guide!

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Thankful for Wilderness Medicine

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 ...

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Our Favorite Places to #OptOutside

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.

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Case Study: Bucked off a Horse

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 ...

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Instructor Expeditions of 2018

Learn about the personal expeditions NOLS instructors undertook in the mountains, rivers, and frontcountry for professional development in 2018.

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Brave, Not Perfect

NOLS grad Mairin Rogers shares what she learned on her Semester in Baja about being brave rather than constantly trying to achieve perfection.

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Case Study: Is That Frostbite?

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 ...

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Sketches from Tanzania

Mingyuk Chen shares sketches and stories from her expedition with NOLS in Tanzania, East Africa

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What You Learn on a NOLS Semester

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 ...

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NOLS Instructor Expeditions of 2017

Check out a collection of stories from some of the expeditions and trainings instructors pursued in 2017 to continue growing as leaders and educators.

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Snakebites: Myth vs. Reality

Don't believe everything you see in the movies! Get the real scoop on common myths about treating snakebites from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

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Quiz: Bites and Envenomation

Do you know how to recognize and treat bites from fire ants, scorpions, snakes, spiders, and ticks? Test you knowledge with this quiz.

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Climbing for More Than the Summit

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 ...

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55 and Climbing

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 ...

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A Letter to My Future Self

Carolyn shares the letter she wrote to herself on a one-night solo near the end of her Semester in New Zealand.

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Q&A with a NOLS Parent

Parent Shelli Johnson writes about what it was like for her son to go on a 30-day NOLS course

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Camping Recipe: Biscuits [Video]

You know you've found the perfect adventure partner when you wake up to the smell of biscuits baking in the morning. Grow your cooking skills with ...

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The Poetry of Experience

Looking back with a critical eye, I can see the poetry of the experience I had in Alaska. Dramatic, refreshing, limit-pushing poetry.

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Climbing Denali, in Photos

Covered with white glaciers, Denali towers incredibly high above all the other Alaska Range peaks and the surrounding green tundra.

Case Study: BASE Jumping Accident

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…

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9 Hygiene Tips for Your Camp Kitchen

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 ...