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7 Ways to Make Coffee Outside

By Molly Herber on 1/6/17 9:03 AM

The morning ritual of making a hot beverage is precious to many an outdoorsperson (and a pain for the ones who like to get out of camp quickly). Interrupting that ritual could mean a full day of silence until you make up for it by giving up your last Snickers bar or promising to do dishes for the rest of the trip.

You might think that options are limited for making coffee while you’re camping, but you really have all kinds of choices.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, coffee

Gado-Gado Spaghetti: A Classic NOLS Recipe

By Katherine Boehrer on 8/5/16 12:18 PM

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, cooking, backcountry recipe, backpacking recipe

6 Secret Ingredients to Try on Your Next Camping Trip

By Jeff Mogavero on 8/2/16 11:06 AM

In NOLS rations, there is certainly no shortage of ingredients to whip up the most scrumptious of backcountry meals. But some instructors and students like to take backcountry cooking to the next level.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, Backpacking, education, backcountry

11 Essentials to Complete Your Backcountry Kitchen

By Sam Cook on 7/21/16 10:48 AM

Having a complete cooking for camping set does not come easy. Outdoor gear can be expensive, and usually has to be bought in small doses. You might have a stove, but no spice kit. You may have a knife, but no fry-bake.

It’s a smart idea to figure out which friends have which items so you can divide and conquer, but if you are on a mission to have your own complete cook set, here are the essentials you will need.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, adventure, expedition, backcountry

Reasons to Take a Longer Trip

By Shelby Cranshaw on 7/12/16 1:47 PM

Spending an extended period of time in the backcountry can seem challenging even to the most experienced of wilderness travelers, but you can learn a lot of humorous and valuable lessons when you're removed from civilization for a long time.

Here are few reasons why you should go into the wild for more time than you think.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, cooking, adventure, Gap Year, education

10 Junk Foods to Indulge in after Your Expedition

By Sam Cook on 7/1/16 9:22 AM

Everyone has their food cravings, and being far out in the backcountry just makes them worse. We desire things like Starbucks frappuccinos, funnel cake, and fried chicken when we are miles away from them. We have hourlong conversations on the trail about what foods we love and hate, what our favorite home-cooked meal is, and where we splurge back home.

But this list isn’t about the foods you can’t get. It’s about what to do when you're done with your expedition.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, adventure

How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals

By Katherine Boehrer on 4/20/16 10:27 AM

Sometimes we love the convenience of those pre-made, just-add-water 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, cooking, adventure, expedition, backcountry

5 Steps to Plan a Camping Menu

By Molly Herber on 3/22/16 12:40 PM

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, cooking, expedition

What to Know Before You Go: Common Pre-Course Questions

By Molly Herber on 2/22/16 1:24 PM

Before you go, a NOLS course can seem like a mystery. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the common questions we get about our courses—we hope they help you out!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, Backpacking, adventure, education, backcountry, leadership

How to Make Pizza When You're Camping

By NOLS Blog on 2/5/16 11:14 AM

 

Photo by Nicholas Byrne.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

6 Ways to Get Ready for Your Next Expedition Now

By Molly Herber on 2/2/16 12:18 PM

It’s great to stay busy with outdoor activities during the winter, but winter is also a good time to rest and get your stoke up for your next expedition while sipping cocoa.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, climbing, cooking, risk management, Backpacking, education, backcountry

Competence and Leadership: Making a Good Cup of Cocoa

By Molly Herber on 1/27/16 1:04 PM

When it comes to leadership, whether you are a team member or a designated team leader, if you don’t know what you’re doing it’s going to be difficult for you to contribute to the group.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, outdoor education, leadership

4 Classic NOLS Desserts

By Katherine Boehrer on 1/22/16 8:00 AM

There’s nothing better than enjoying a well-prepared dessert in the backcountry! Over the years, a few favorites have stood out on NOLS courses. These range in difficulty from mix-and-eat to baking with a twiggy fire. We encourage you try—and enjoy—them all!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

6 Oatmeal Recipes Worth Getting Out of Your Sleeping Bag For

By Katherine Boehrer on 1/6/16 11:22 AM

Oatmeal is staple breakfast food for many campers looking to start the day off right. Make sure your oatmeal is never boring with these cooking and topping tips!

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

Your Favorite Posts of 2015

By Katherine Boehrer on 12/28/15 9:37 PM

'Tis the season for top 10 lists! We've had a great year on the NOLS Blog thanks to you, our readers! To celebrate, we took a look back your favorite posts from this year.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, wilderness medicine, cooking, instructor, education, backcountry, leadership