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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, story

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

By Shelby Cranshaw on Nov 27, 2018

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

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Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, camping, gift

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 Climate Change Might Impact Your Next Backpacking Trip

By Brooke Ortel on Aug 13, 2018


Backpacking in New York. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.

It’s a familiar scene: piles of food and gear, a trusted backpack unzipped, ready to be (carefully) stuffed full. You’re getting ready for your next backpacking adventure in the mountains.

As you run through your mental checklist, your friend casually asks, “So, you’re going to see those glaciers while they’re still there?” You pause, thinking for a moment. They’re only half kidding.

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Topics: camping, Wyoming, Backpacking, Environmental Stewardship, Alaska, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, climate change

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

How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals

By Katherine Boehrer on Apr 20, 2016

Artwork by Elizabeth Simons

Sometimes we love the convenience of those pre-made, just-add-water, instant backpacking meals. At the end of a long day outside, it can be great to skip the dishes and still enjoy a tasty and filling dinner. Not to mention that just-add-water meals are often lighter-weight than traditional bulk rations, and require less fuel for cooking since you only need to boil water.

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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Prep, recipe, camping, cooking, adventure, expedition, backcountry

5 Steps to Plan a Camping Menu

By Molly Herber on Mar 22, 2016

We’re getting into expedition planning season, and one of the critical elements of a great camping trip is good food.

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

Emily's Version of NOLS' Rice in Nut Curry Sauce

By William Roth on Apr 14, 2010
Emily McGalliard, mother of Semester in Baja grad Elena, snagged her daughter’s copy of the NOLS Cookery during a recent camping weekend with friends and made a few changes to some classic NOLS field grub.She took the Rice in Nut Curry Sauce recipe and made it a one-pot meal with a more distinctive Thai taste by using red curry, powdered coconut milk, and instant mashed potatoes as a thickener. The recipe adds up to a tasty and filling dinner with the protein and carbohydrates you need to hike the trail all day. Thanks, Emily!

Emily's Version of NOLS' RICE in Nut Curry Sauce

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Topics: NOLS, rice, curry, recipe, camping, cookery, sauce, Educators Notebook, backcountry, variation