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Keep Calm and Medic On: How a WEMT Course Can Transform Your Backcountry Experience

By Hadley Warner on 4/19/16 8:05 AM

I had been considering taking a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course for almost three years, but something always came up to prevent it. In October of last year the idea finally became a reality and I found myself driving up a winding dirt road to the picturesque Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus on a sunny fall afternoon. The course offered by WMI combines urban and wilderness medicine while preparing participants to sit for the National Registry exam. I was not sure what the next 25 days had in store for me, but I knew the course would serve me well in the future.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, WEMT, leadership, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

Educator Training: AIARE Avalanche 1 Course

By Miles Turner on 4/15/16 12:15 PM

After taking the December NOLS Winter Training Trip, an introduction to backcountry winter travel and camping, I became passionate about learning everything that goes into backcountry skiing and the decision-making surrounding this wonderful sport. For those of us who grew up skiing the slush and ice of East Coast resorts, the feeling of skiing deep untracked powder in the backcountry out west is truly incredible.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, splitboarding

Educator Expedition: Golden Gate Sea Kayaking

By Mike Dooley on 4/6/16 5:05 AM

NOLS instructor Mike Dooley talks about lessons from a sea kayaking leader training course in San Francisco Bay.

Where did you go for your trip and how long was it?

In February 2016 I was a participant on a British Canoe Union (BCU) 5-Star Sea Kayak Leader Training. The three-day course was located at Golden Gate, the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

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Topics: Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF)

Educator Expedition: Kiwi Boot Camp

By NOLS Blog on 3/29/16 4:04 PM
A short paddle on the Landsborough River before the rains came: Aaron Reimer, Amy Christeson, Ben Weigl, Dulkara Martig (pictured left to right). Photo courtesy of Amy Christeson.
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Topics: NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, packrafting

Educator Expedition: Multi-pitch Climbing in Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 3/18/16 2:04 PM
Climbing the Birdland route. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Martin.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Southwest, IDF, Instructor Development Fund

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on 3/17/16 7:56 AM
Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

Risk Management in the Outdoors: Beyond the NOLS Course

By Logan Claytor on 3/16/16 9:23 AM

At NOLS, we believe in the value of spending time in wild places. We also know there is risk involved in what we do. We strive to practice and teach thoughtful risk management that emphasizes the health and well-being of our students and staff, and have for over 50 years.

At NOLS Risk Management Services (RMS), we draw on this expertise to support other programs that work, play, and travel in remote environments around the world. Our goal is to help organizations think critically about the risks their programs face and then manage those risks responsibly.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, leadership, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

What Organizations Should Know about Risk Management

By NOLS Blog on 3/16/16 9:06 AM

 NOLS Risk Management Services helps organizations working in remote settings identify and manage risks so they can improve their programs and reach their full potential.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, leadership, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By NOLS Blog on 3/10/16 10:18 AM
The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.
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Topics: NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

Educator Expedition: A Multimodal Loop in Texas Big Bend Country

By NOLS Blog on 2/16/16 8:57 AM
Two vehicles = amazing yardsale for switching gear. Photo by Lindsay Nohl.
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Topics: packraft, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, NOLS Southwest, backcountry

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

By NOLS Blog on 1/26/16 9:40 AM

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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Topics: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, NOLS India, leadership

Educator Expedition: Washington Climbing, Back to Where It Began 

By NOLS Blog on 1/21/16 11:30 AM
Photo by Mick Pearson, KAF Adventures.
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Topics: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry

Educator Expedition: A November Trip to Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 1/7/16 11:08 AM
Ready to start climbing. Photo by Hadley Warner.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

Educator Expedition: Mountaineering in Ecuador

By NOLS Blog on 1/4/16 6:53 AM

By Travis Magaluk, NOLS instructor

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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, mountaineering, instructors, leadership

Educator Expedition: Horsepacking through the Gros Ventre and Wind River Mountains of Wyoming

By NOLS Blog on 12/14/15 8:38 AM

By Kelsey Wicks, NOLS backpacking and horsepacking instructor

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Topics: horsepacking, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Three Peaks Ranch, Educators Notebook, instructor, backcountry