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Cold Weather Recipe: Cheesy Potato Soup

By Brooke Ortel on Jan 23, 2020

Photo by Jordan Cranch.

When you’re tired and chilly after a rainy hike or day of backcountry skiing, this hearty soup is a perfect way to refuel. A classic from the iconic NOLS Cookery, our favorite potato soup is guaranteed to warm you up. Even your grumpiest pal can’t stay hangry with a bowl of cheesy goodness!

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

How To Build a Winter Snow Shelter

By Erin Rooney Doland on Jan 13, 2020
A quinzhee snow shelter. Photo by Molly Hagbrand.

Winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere and snow camping is in the forecast. People who regularly camp in below-freezing temperatures and piles of snow know it has numerous advantages over warm-weather camping. That’s right, advantages.

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Topics: snow, skiing, camping, winter camping, winter, education, backcountry skiing, quizhee, snow camping

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

By Shelby Cranshaw on Nov 29, 2019

Whether you're shopping for your favorite sustainability nerd or a backcountry fashionista, here are some great gift ideas for anyone on your list.

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Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, camping, gift

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

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Camping

By Rob Motley on Feb 8, 2019

Students during dawn patrol. Photo by Katie Oram.
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Topics: camping, leave no trace, winter, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls when You’re Camping

By Molly Herber on Aug 21, 2018


Photo by Charlotte Klein.

Waking up to the buttery smell of hot cinnamon rolls is one of the best ways to start your morning.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, camping, cooking, "cinnamon rolls", backcountry recipe, backpacking recipe

How to Pack Your Backpack

By Molly Herber on May 23, 2018
Photo by Nadine Lehner
 

The first time I tried to pack a backpack, it took me over an hour to get everything inside. The result was a chunky, clunky pile that rose at least six inches over my head. It wasn’t pretty, but everything was inside.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, camping, Backpacking, backpacking, hiking, adventure

Easing Back Into Your Frontcountry Life

By Molly Herber on Dec 26, 2017

Photo by Hailey Arnold.
 

The first few days home after my month-long NOLS mountaineering course, I luxuriated in ordinary things—running water and reconnecting with friends, resting in my own bed after nights of camping in windy, cold mountains. But trading a crowded tent for my own bed also felt lonely. The foods I couldn’t wait to feast on went from exciting back to normal. Rest turned into restlessness. I learned that coming back to the frontcountry is as important a change as learning to live in the wilderness.

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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Prep, camping, expedition

Camping Recipe: Biscuits [Video]

By Molly Herber on Nov 10, 2017

You know you've found the perfect adventure partner when you wake up to the smell of baking in the morning. Fortunately, it isn't that hard for you to become that perfect adventure partner—all you need are one or two recipes.

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

9 Hygiene Tips for Your Camp Kitchen

By Ben Lerman on Sep 27, 2017

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 illness.

Taking turns cooking is a part of camping, and it helps when everyone has the same routines for kitchen hygiene, especially for friends who are new to cooking in the outdoors.

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Topics: camping, wilderness medicine, cooking, NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Camping Recipe: No-Bake Energy Nuggets

By Molly Herber on Sep 22, 2017

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, camping, cooking, no-bake

Make Your Gear Have Multiple Purposes

By Molly Herber on Sep 14, 2017

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: gear, Expedition Prep, camping

Camping Recipe: Potato Pancakes

By NOLS on Sep 8, 2017

Fill up for breakfast or dinner with this delicious camping recipe for potato pancakes. (Don't forget to top with your favorite hot sauce!)

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, camping

How to Fix Your Outdoor Gear

By Molly Herber on Sep 5, 2017

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, camping, Gear repair, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

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