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Molly Herber

Molly Herber
Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She 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. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber
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Camping Recipe: No-Bake Energy Nuggets

By Molly Herber on 9/22/17 8:28 AM

When you're rushing out the door on your way to rock climbing session or long hike, these little energy bites are the perfect snacks to have on hand to munch in the car or on the trail.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, no-bake

Learn Your Habits to Make Better Decisions

By Molly Herber on 9/20/17 8:56 AM

Humans’ ability to use patterns helps us make decisions faster, but can also lead us into what NOLS teaches in our leadership curriculum as decision-making traps.

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Topics: Live the Dream, leadership, decision making

Make Your Gear Have Multiple Purposes

By Molly Herber on 9/14/17 8:21 AM

Being intentional about the gear you pack for trips is one of the sneaky ways going to the outdoors teaches us about leadership. You don’t have a lot of room for “just in case” or “what if” when you’re carrying everything on your back or in the small hull of a boat.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, gear

How to Fix Your Outdoor Gear

By Molly Herber on 9/5/17 8:29 AM

Fortunately, fixing gear isn’t complicated, as long as you have a few of the right tools. We do it on NOLS courses all the time (since no one wants to sleep in a holey tent or walk around with ripped pants for a month).

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Topics: Expedition Prep, Gear repair, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Instant Camping Recipe: Geikie Curried Rice

By Molly Herber on 8/25/17 8:56 AM

Named for Mt. Geikie in Wyoming's Wind River Range, this is a tasty meal you can prepare at home before hitting the trail, then just add boiling water when you’re ready to eat.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, instant

New Courses for Winter and Spring 2018

By Molly Herber on 8/24/17 9:17 AM

We’re excited to announce our three new courses for winter and spring of 2018. Do service work at a school in Tanzania, explore remote cave paintings in Baja California, and grow your avalanche awareness with a winter ski training.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

How to Choose a Camera for Camping (That’s not your phone)

By Molly Herber on 6/20/17 7:29 AM

There are so many times when you try to explain the best moment of your last trip. You describe the rain, the way your muscles burned, and how big your smile was, but it doesn’t really sink in until you pull out the photo from that trip and show that moment of triumph in the rain.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, photography

When You Should Wear Cotton in the Outdoors

By Molly Herber on 6/13/17 8:47 AM

Some experienced campers’ favorite advice is “You should never wear cotton,” sometimes using the dramatic catchphrase “Cotton kills.”

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Prepare for the Unexpected with a Solid Trip Plan

By Molly Herber on 6/6/17 8:42 AM

I’m all out of layers, I thought as I turned my pack inside-out looking for something else we could use. Our patient had a broken femur and my team was scurrying to assemble materials for a splint. I only had what I normally brought on a day hike—a jacket, snacks, and a half-full water bottle—not even a first aid kit. My heart raced as I scrambled to think of what else we could do for this patient. I could hear the rising stress in my teammates’ voices.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

How to Hunker in Your Tent Without Getting Bored

By Molly Herber on 5/30/17 9:06 AM

Picture this: You’re snuggled in your sleeping bag on the third morning of your weeklong summer backpacking trip. You’ve been dreaming about this mountain getaway for weeks, and all you can think about is the next campsite, the one by the perfect fly-fishing spot.

Then—you hear it.

A patter of raindrops falling on your tent. You squeeze your eyes shut and hope this is just a passing cloud, but the patter intensifies to hammering, the wind picks up, and then you’re in the middle of a full-on gale that shows no signs of letting up any time soon.

Your friend looks at you and says, “Well, it’s time to hunker down.”

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Improve Your Appetite for Uncertainty

By Molly Herber on 5/15/17 8:36 AM

“Happy campers aren’t the ones with the fewest problems…They just have more positive attitudes and better coping strategies.”

NOLS Leadership Educator Notebook, 5th ed.

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Topics: Live the Dream, leadership education

Camping Recipe: No-Bake Powerhouse Cookies

By Molly Herber on 5/2/17 8:20 AM

Here's a recipe for when you need a treat that also fuels you up after a long day.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, recipe

Prevent Minor Trail Injuries with Advice from NOLS Staff

By Molly Herber on 4/25/17 9:30 AM

Before my first NOLS course, I got a lot of advice. For example, my brother told me to “Remember that you always have a way to get warm and dry,” and gave plenty of advice on how to be a good teammate (mainly, don’t complain).

But a lot of the little things I had to learn on my own—like, for example, the fact that your scalp can get sunburned. Ouch.

To help you prepare for the little things (which, in the end, usually aren’t so little, especially when it comes to blisters or the flu), a group of experienced NOLSies shared some of their favorite advice to help you be as prepared as possible before hitting the trail.

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Topics: NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness First Aid, wilderness medicine

Get Off the Grid for a Gap Year

By Molly Herber on 4/12/17 8:29 AM

Editor’s note: I asked staff around NOLS why they think it’s a good idea to get off the grid for a gap year. We do love our technology, but there’s also a whole lot of value in disconnecting for a while. Here’s why.

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Topics: Live the Dream, Gap Year

New Courses for Fall 2017

By Molly Herber on 4/10/17 8:49 AM

Editor’s Note: We’re introducing six new courses to our fall lineup that are all 10 days or shorter. Enjoy!

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Rocky Mountain