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Camping Recipe: No-Bake Powerhouse Cookies

By Molly Herber on May 2, 2017

Here's a recipe for when you need a treat that also fuels you up after a long day.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking

Camping Recipe: 30-Minute Cornbread

By Molly Herber on Mar 20, 2017

If I’m totally honest, when I go camping I sometimes worry less about what the weather will be like and more about what I’m going to make when it’s my turn to cook.

To help with my cooking stress, I’ve focused on making just a few simple recipes and doing them well. That’s why I love this cornbread recipe.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cornbread

Camping Recipe: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Truffles

By Molly Herber on Mar 9, 2017

You can become a master of dessert on a camp stove with this recipe. The best part? It only takes four ingredients.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe

10 Useful Wilderness Medicine Posts To Read Before Your Next Adventure

By Molly Herber on Mar 2, 2017

Before getting ready for any trip, it’s important to review your wilderness first aid skills.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, wilderness medicine, NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Debunking 5 Myths about Gear

By Molly Herber on Jan 19, 2017

Before you head to the store, check out these five myths about gear to make sure you get what you need!

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Getting Ready: Mental and Physical Prep for My Gap Year

By Brooke Buchanan on Jan 9, 2017

While sitting in yet another mundane lecture in physics class, my phone vibrates.

Sneakily, I pull it out and glance at my new notification: an email.

I open up my Yahoo app expecting to see a pointless message from some telemarketer, but I’m caught by surprise. I click on the message and see that it’s from NOLS. It says my spot on the Patagonia Coastal Expedition has been reserved. Forgetting I’m in class, I squirm with excitement and the teacher takes my phone away.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

7 Ways to Make Coffee While Camping

By Molly Herber on Jan 6, 2017

Photo by Molly Herber.

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, recipe, cooking, video, coffee

How To Keep Your Feet Warm

By Molly Herber on Dec 29, 2016

Taking care of your feet while camping is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Here you’ll find advice from the pros—NOLS instructors, employees, even our wilderness medicine curriculum director Tod Schimelpfenig—on how to take care of your feet when they get cold.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, winter

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Shelby Cranshaw on Dec 7, 2016

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, gift

Gado-Gado Spaghetti: A Classic NOLS Recipe

By Katherine Boehrer on Aug 5, 2016

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 Aug 2, 2016

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 Jul 21, 2016

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

The Backpacker’s Guide to Happy Feet

By Kim Freitas on Jul 14, 2016

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!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, climbing, Backpacking, adventure, education, backcountry

7 Simple Items to Upgrade Your Backcountry Setup

By Sam Cook on Jul 11, 2016

Just because you’re in the backcountry doesn’t mean you need to stop being fabulous. You may think that your wardrobe is going to consist of khaki, black, and gray, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, Backpacking, adventure, expedition

10 Junk Foods to Indulge in after Your Expedition

By Sam Cook on Jul 1, 2016

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