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.Read More
We arrived in Bluff Lake, British Columbia at 1:30AM from various places: Roger and I driving 30 hours from Wyoming, Jeremy flying in from California and Dane just finishing up class in Vancouver. We had been talking about it for a while now, applied for the funding from the Instructor Development Fund, but still it had just been this idea: a ski expedition to the Waddington Range in British Columbia, home to some very remote, high peaks and endless miles of glaciers with real hazards.Read More
If you like to adventure outdoors, you’ll know during backpacking trips that your feet are your primary mode of transportation. Spending extra effort to keep your feet happy and dry is well worth your time and attention. After all, your feet are essentially your “wheels” in the backcountry!Read More
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.Read More
… Perhaps when I say the word Patagonia, most of you will think of legendary places like el Chaltén or Torres del Paine, but here is the difference, my Patagonia is a land unknown to many and familiar to few. Yes, that is what I speak of, of that land that still has magical air to explore, that which hides in maps without information, mountains without name and routes that definitely do not exist.Read More
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.
NOLS taught me two of life’s most valuable lessons: humility and gratitude.
On my course, I couldn’t climb the 5.10 crack in Joshua Tree National Park, although my knuckles were bloodied and my fingertips were raw from the attempt. I couldn’t carry my equal share of weight after throwing out my back in the Wind River Range, burdening my teammates by adding more mass to their already 70-pound packs.Read More
NOLS courses are pretty rigorous.
But with a little planning and determination, you can prepare for the physical challenges of your course, or any extended backcountry trip, by following these fitness guidelines.Read More