NOLS Blog

Browse by Category

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

By Shelby Cranshaw on Nov 29, 2019

Whether you're shopping for your favorite sustainability nerd or a backcountry fashionista, here are some great gift ideas for anyone on your list.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, camping, gift

How to Pack Your Backpack

By Molly Herber on May 23, 2018
Photo by Nadine Lehner

The first time I tried to pack a backpack, it took me over an hour to get everything inside. The result was a chunky, clunky pile that rose at least six inches over my head. It wasn’t pretty, but everything was inside.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, camping, skills, backpacking, backpacking, hiking, adventure, outdoor skills, food-gear

Make Your Gear Have Multiple Purposes

By Molly Herber on Sep 14, 2017

Being intentional about the gear you pack for trips is one of the sneaky ways going to the outdoors teaches us about leadership. You don’t have a lot of room for “just in case” or “what if” when you’re carrying everything on your back or in the small hull of a boat.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, camping

Make Your Camping Gear Last Longer

By Aaron Strubhar on Jul 6, 2017

It’s the tenth day of your backpacking trip, and you start to notice that some of your gear is holding up better than others. The cheap new rain pants you bought already have a gash in the thin nylon from venturing off-trail through thick patches of thorny blackberry bushes; yet the old, patched family tent you’ve been using for years is as sturdy and functional as ever. What’s going on here?

Read More

Topics: gear, camping, Environmental Stewardship, sustainability, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

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.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, gift

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.

Read More

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

The Ethics of Cheap: Why You Don't Need the Newest Gear

By Allie Maloney on Apr 22, 2016

If you’re new to backpacking and are getting ready for your first trip, to find the right gear you have a couple of options.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, adventure, instructor, backcountry

7 Tips for Dealing with Smelly Gear

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 8, 2016

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.

Read More

Topics: gear, Expedition Prep, Outdoors, expedition