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Molly Herber

Molly Herber
Molly loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming.
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Debunking 5 Myths about Gear

By Molly Herber on 1/19/17 8:53 AM

Before you head to the store, check out these five myths about gear to make sure you get what you need!

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Topics: Expedition Prep

7 Ways to Make Coffee Outside

By Molly Herber on 1/6/17 9:03 AM

The morning ritual of making a hot beverage is precious to many an outdoorsperson (and a pain for the ones who like to get out of camp quickly). Interrupting that ritual could mean a full day of silence until you make up for it by giving up your last Snickers bar or promising to do dishes for the rest of the trip.

You might think that options are limited for making coffee while you’re camping, but you really have all kinds of choices.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, coffee

Enjoying the Tiny Life

By Molly Herber on 1/3/17 10:48 AM

Twelve years ago, Dee Williams decided to radically downsize. With excessive work hours, a hefty home loan, and a period of poor health, she realized she couldnt pursue her real joys. “I wanted to have time and energy and resources to offer to other folks and other issues that were important to me,” she said.

Inspired by an article she read about a tiny house, Dee decided to build her own, an 84-square-foot home on wheels.

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Topics: Live the Dream

How To Keep Your Feet Warm

By Molly Herber on 12/29/16 9:20 AM

Taking care of your feet while camping is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Here you’ll find advice from the pros—NOLS instructors, employees, even our wilderness medicine curriculum director Tod Schimelpfenig—on how to take care of your feet when they get cold.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, winter

An Astronaut Candidate’s Take on Goals and Leadership

By Molly Herber on 12/21/16 10:43 AM

When I asked Canadian astronaut candidate Shawna Pandya about which of her many roles she identified with first, she said,

“It really depends on the day.”

Given the number of roles she has, this answer isn’t a surprise. Pandya’s a resident physician finishing her residency in family practice, training as a citizen science astronaut and aquanaut, and is a competitive martial artist—just to name a few.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The NOLS Logo

By Molly Herber on 12/13/16 9:04 AM

On the very first NOLS course, students walked into the mountains wearing the same outfit. A single patch decorated every shirt: the stars and shield logo that represented the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

5 Gap Year Tips from the Wilderness

By Molly Herber on 10/13/16 8:55 AM

Sometimes, school gets to start with a little adventure.

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Topics: Gap Year

Busting Popular Leave No Trace Myths

By Molly Herber on 10/4/16 7:39 AM

Maybe it’s something about disposing of orange peels, or letting your friend wash the dishes by the lake at the end of a long day. No matter what, you’ve probably heard of at least one of these popular Leave No Trace myths—and maybe even believe some of them yourself!

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Big Agnes Co-Owner Len Zanni: Finding His Way in the Outdoor Industry

By Molly Herber on 9/13/16 11:59 AM

At last summer's Outdoor Retailer event, we were able to connect with Len Zanni, co-owner of Big Agnes, Inc. and a NOLS grad! Len talked with us about what he’s learned from NOLS and from his years of working in the outdoor industry.

Len Zanni first found the outdoors when he headed to Colorado for college. Finding himself in one of the West's best places for the outdoors just after finishing a Wind River Wilderness course in Wyoming, he drank in everything he could.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, education, leadership

Growing Your Comfort Zone in the Wilderness

By Molly Herber on 9/2/16 9:47 AM

We read in plenty of places that getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing—it seems these days that everyone wants us to step outside of it and push its boundaries.

You can imagine the comfort zone place as a big pile of cozy pillows, with the temperature set at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit and with fuzzy socks on your feet. You’re safe. You know what to say and how to behave. You can complete tasks without even thinking. In all probability, you like your comfort zone.

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Topics: risk management, Educators Notebook, education, leadership

5 Things You Learn from Climbing (That Also Matter in Real Life)

By Molly Herber on 8/19/16 8:47 AM

Like with most sports, it's not just about getting to the top. Read on to see some of the best lessons you learn from rock climbing.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, climbing, adventure, education, leadership

Tips for Visiting 12 Iconic National Parks

By Molly Herber on 7/8/16 10:18 AM

We know you love to get down and dirty in the wilderness for weeks at a time—it's what you do.

Luckily, for the times in between when you have just one day to explore, our national parks have plenty of activities—and will spark your appetite for bigger trips in the future.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, climbing, Backpacking, adventure, education

13 Signs You’re Having Trouble Getting Back into City Life

By Molly Herber on 6/24/16 12:50 PM

Spending days at a time in the outdoors is pretty darn awesome, but at some point, we all come back to the frontcountry. For some of us, it can be hard to make that transition happen.

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Topics: adventure, Live the Dream, backcountry

How to Choose Wildness Every Day

By Molly Herber on 4/2/16 8:00 AM

If you’ve spent any time in the wilderness, you know that how you feel there is special. Wilderness isn’t just a space, an empty shoreline or a quiet grove of trees—it’s a state of mind, too.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Backpacking, adventure, wilderness, backcountry

Go Camping—With Your Cat

By Molly Herber on 4/1/16 7:04 AM

We know you love your feline friend, your beclawed bestie, your clawsome companion, but you wish they could enjoy going to the wilderness as much as you do.

Now, when you head to the meowntains or coast for an advenpurr, you don’t have to leave them behind.

Introducing the newest NOLS course: Catpacking.

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Topics: climbing, Backpacking, adventure, Live the Dream, backcountry, cat