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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

7 Tips for Dealing with Smelly Gear

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/8/16 1:16 PM

So you love to work hard and play hard? Is your best day when you go the extra mile and sweat it out, no matter the weather? We do too, so we know that you have smelly shoes, gear, and clothing—just like us.

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Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, Outdoors, expedition

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

5 Strategies to Survive Mud Season

By Kim Freitas on 3/17/16 10:24 AM

As the snow begins to melt from the mountains, there is another season approaching as we transition into spring: mud season.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, LNT, leave no trace, education, wilderness, backcountry

9 Tips to Help You Deal with Homesickness

By Molly Herber on 3/9/16 11:58 AM

No matter how excited you are about heading out on a trip, it’s likely that you’ll feel homesick at least some of the time you're away. Being away from family and friends can be tough. Luckily, there are a few things you can do before and while you’re on your trip to manage homesickness when it strikes.

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Topics: Semester, Expedition Prep, adventure, backcountry

How to Plan for Your Gap Year

By Molly Herber on 2/26/16 2:45 PM

Taking a gap year is a big decision, and figuring out how to do it can be overwhelming.

If you’re struggling to make a plan for your gap year, take a look at these guidelines to get ideas for how to plan (financially, academically, and personally), a successful gap year.

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Topics: Semester, Expedition Prep, adventure, Gap Year, education, backcountry, leadership

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
Ready for adventure! Photo courtesy of Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, climbing, cooking, risk management, Backpacking, education, backcountry

Fitness Guidelines to Get Expedition-Ready

By Molly Herber on 1/29/16 2:49 PM

NOLS courses are pretty darn rigorous. Whether you’ll be paddling from camp to camp, hauling gear onto a glacier, or managing a rambunctious packhorse, you’re going to be pretty tired by the end of the day. 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 guidelines!  

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Topics: Expedition Prep, Sea Kayaking, climbing, Backpacking, 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

Do You Know Your Winter Leave No Trace?

By Molly Herber on 12/31/15 9:11 AM

We know you’re a pro at cleaning up after yourself when it’s warm out, but do you know what to do when the temperatures drop?

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Topics: Expedition Prep, risk management, winter, backcountry, leadership

Reasons We Love Hot Drinks

By Molly Herber on 12/22/15 9:45 AM

We love a good hot drink at any time of year, but we appreciate them even more when the temperatures drop. Here are a few reasons why:

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