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Kim Freitas

Kim Freitas
Kim is a Wind River Wilderness and Wilderness First Responder graduate who works as the NOLS Writer and PR Specialist. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, warm yoga, and drinking lots of coffee!

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Leading in the Avalanche Safety and Education Industry

By Kim Freitas on 12/19/18 12:34 PM


Musnicki climbing on Mt. Moran in the Tetons. Photo by Paul Rachele.

Editor's note: Adapted from the Fall 2016 issue of The Leader. 

When Jaime Musnicki was first introduced to skiing at age two, it led to a lifelong love of winter sports and an unexpected career path.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, avalanche, winter, story

How to Create an Eye-Catching Resume by Talking about Your NOLS Course

By Kim Freitas on 9/1/16 9:33 AM


Photo by Aaron Burden.

It can be challenging to clearly and concisely articulate your school and work history on just one page. Not to mention when you have to explain something like a NOLS course!

Luckily for you, a NOLS course gives you a competitive edge—it's unique, valued across industries, and gives you an opportunity to set yourself apart on an application.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, adventure, education, leadership, college prep

The Backpacker’s Guide to Happy Feet

By Kim Freitas on 7/14/16 12:01 PM

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!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, climbing, Backpacking, adventure, education, backcountry

Confessions from the Wilderness [Interview]

By Kim Freitas on 6/3/16 8:43 AM

Eli Marienthal’s final big-screen film role was in 2004’s Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Since then, Marienthal has left acting behind and gone on to discover a love of the wilderness as an outdoor educator. He founded W.I.L.D., which stands for Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development, and Back to Earth, where his longtime friend Jesse Sachs is his business partner, collaborator and co-trip leader.

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Topics: adventure, Live the Dream, education, backcountry, leadership

Leadership Reads for Housebound Adventurers

By Kim Freitas on 4/12/16 9:05 AM

It’s not always possible to take off on an adventure. Sometimes, life gets in the way. Picking up a book is a great way to escape your day-to-day routine, wind down, and relax.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, leadership

Scott Briscoe on NOLS: It’s a Game Changer [Interview]

By Kim Freitas on 4/7/16 8:13 AM

Scott Briscoe was a member of Expedition Denali in June 2013, the first all African American team to attempt this climb. After returning from the expedition, several expedition members toured around the country, where they told the story of the climb.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, education, backcountry

5 Strategies to Survive Mud Season

By Kim Freitas on 3/17/16 10:24 AM

As the snow begins to melt from the mountains, there is another season approaching as we transition into spring: mud season.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, LNT, leave no trace, education, wilderness, backcountry

Expedition Denali: Where Are They Now?

By Kim Freitas on 2/24/16 9:26 AM

 

Photo by Brad Christensen.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, instructor, mountaineering, education, backcountry, leadership

RM Interns Organize Community Garden Cleanup

By Kim Freitas on 10/6/14 8:43 AM

At NOLS Rocky Mountain, each season the interns are required to develop and facilitate a community outreach project.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain

Take Care of Things: Goodbye Alfred

By Kim Freitas on 9/30/14 8:45 AM

On the last night of my NOLS course Mandy Pohja pulled an essay out of her pack and we all sat down to debrief the course. We took turns reading “Briefing for Entry into a More Harsh Environment” by Morgan Hite.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Voice of America Visits NOLS to Profile YALI Fellow

By Kim Freitas on 9/25/14 8:50 AM

This week Andrea Tadic and Philip Alexiou, journalists from Voice of America visited NOLS Headquarters and NOLS Rocky Mountain in Lander, Wyoming.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

WMI Hosts Annual Staff Meeting

By Kim Freitas on 9/5/14 4:57 AM

This week, NOLS Wilderness Medicine professionals flocked to Lander from near and far for the annual Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) staff meeting.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

Exploration Film Tour Celebrates the Spirit of Adventure

By Kim Freitas on 8/22/14 4:21 AM

The first annual NOLS Exploration Film Tour features two and a half hours of exciting short films based on themes of wonder, discovery, curiosity, and the timelessness of the wilderness experience.

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Topics: Wilderness Films, Behind the Scenes, Events, Outdoors, Exploration Film Tour

In-Town Staff Value Out-of-Office Play

By Kim Freitas on 7/31/14 7:00 AM

It's no secret that NOLS is a great place to work. Listed in Outside Magazine's "100 Best Places to Work" for the last six years, NOLS has been recognized nationally for its commitment to outdoor education and encouraging a good work-life balance. [Read more on this recognition here.]

NOLS employees are allowed to work flexible schedules so they can get outside and play. Many staff members at NOLS take advantage of this perk. With support from supervisors, employees can take time out of the workday to participate in community-wide lunchtime bike rides, climb at the local crag or complete individual training regimens.

The organization also takes that support a step further by encouraging staff to participate in races and multi-day events, even when these events take place on weekdays. NOLS employees are participating in outdoor ventures all over the world but are also playing roles in Wyoming’s growing adventure race scene.

For example, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute employees Kira Gilman, Jill Moeller, and Anna Horn entered and competed in the inaugural REV3 Casper Strong Full Day Adventure Race at their supervisor's urging.

The team members cheered each other through a series of unique and entertaining events in Casper, Wyoming. The Casper Strong race was a team effort and these three ladies bonded while tackling challenges along the course.


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Topics: Behind the Scenes

This World and That (Part Three)

By Kim Freitas on 7/23/14 4:30 AM

By Jason BreMiller, Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educators Course ‘03

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Topics: Educators Notebook