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Camping Recipe: How to Make a Backcountry Pie

By Brooke Ortel on Nov 26, 2019

Photo by Jordan Cranch.

 Let’s face it: No meal is truly complete without dessert. Even (or maybe especially) when you’re camping. This classic fruit pie is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth after a long day of hiking—and put a smile on your friends’ faces.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, recipe, camping, NOLS cookery, dessert

Instant Camping Recipe: Geikie Curried Rice

By Molly Herber on Aug 25, 2017

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: backcountry cooking, Expedition Prep, recipe, camping, cooking, instant

Gado-Gado Spaghetti: A Classic NOLS Recipe

By Katherine Boehrer on Aug 5, 2016

This classic noodle dish with peanut sauce is a treat at the end of a long day of adventuring! Better yet, it can be eaten hot or cold, so you could even save some for lunch the next day. The credit for this popular NOLS Cookery recipe goes to Donna Orr, a former NOLS employee, and previous Cookery co-author.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, Expedition Prep, recipe, camping, cooking, backcountry recipe, backpacking recipe

An international menu in your pack

By Casey Adams on Nov 29, 2012

No matter where your hiking boots take you, you can enjoy the foods of the world over a Whisperlite Stove. This version of the Indian dish saag paneer replaces the paneer with tofu, but a white cheese instead of tofu would be a great option as well. The
Mexican cheese, queso fresco, is a great replacement for paneer.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, NOLS, menu, hiking, cheese, recipe, National Outdoor Leadership School, cooking, India, easy recipe, Backpacking, adventure, Whisperlite, international, Educators Notebook, saag, stove

What's All This "Leadership Week" Hullabaloo About?

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Feb 19, 2010

Before I found out the real scoop, "Leadership Week" brought to mind masses of NOLS employees wearing matching t-shirts and holding hands while singing Kumbaya around a campfire and generally extolling the wonderiferousness (yes, that's a word in my dictionary) of NOLS.

Well, I wasn't too far off base when I found out the real scoop. Leadership Week does involve masses of NOLS employees, alums, friends, and family wearing matching t-shirts and generally extolling the wonderiferousness of NOLS. It may or may not involve some hand-holding. And it will involve some singing, more along the lines of "Give me an N! Give me an O! Give me an L! Give me an S! What's that spell?" And it will definitely involve fire, although it will be cooking stove fire and not campfire.

But stay with me here. Leadership Week involves more. It's a call to all the NOLS alums, friends, and family who are hiding in the weeds to come out of the woodwork (yes, I realize I am mixing metaphors) and tell everyone about their NOLS experience. It's also a call to action - tune into the web-site, and pick an item or two (or create your own) to do yourself. You might decide to review a book on Or, if your friends don't know they can make cheesecake or calzones or cinnamon rolls in the wilderness, you might want to invite them to a Whisperlite FryBake to show them the wonders of NOLS cookery. Or, you might want to just have a good time and play outside!

There are also several key events occurring throughout next week all over the country, starting TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18! If you are in the Tucson area tomorrow, you should drop by NOLS Southwest for the Leadership Week Kick-off Party at 3:30 p.m. Yes, free food and lots of fun to be had. Do it! And if you are enjoying the snow in Sun Valley or Ketchum, put your snowboard aside for a day and join area NOLS grads and friends for cross-country skiing,
mini-seminars, NOLS updates and après ski refreshments at
Galena Lodge. Details for both events are on the web-site.

There are also several events scheduled to occur at NOLS HQ in Lander, including a Leadership Week Olympics that involves a cook-off and an animal call challenge (I am particularly versed in the "Mosquito call"). I will be attending as many as I can and will give you my thoughts on future blogs. Stay tuned!

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Topics: backcountry cooking, NOLS, leadership, Sunn Valley, Olympics, Behind the Scenes, Tucson, Frybake, Southwest, Ketchum, NOLS cookery, cooking in the wilderness