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Back to School We Go!

By Casey Adams on Aug 22, 2013

While students across the country
are gearing up for a return to standard classrooms with new backpacks and
shoes, the first groups of NOLS students of the new season are embarking on educational adventures of an entirely different
realm—many of them with beefy new backpacks and hiking boots.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Behind the Scenes, Environment, hiking, classrooms, shoes, course, eye opening, skills, backpack, fall, back to school, curriculum, educational, backcountry, campus

An international menu in your pack

By Casey Adams on Nov 29, 2012

No matter where your hiking boots take you, you can enjoy the foods of the world over a Whisperlite Stove. This version of the Indian dish saag paneer replaces the paneer with tofu, but a white cheese instead of tofu would be a great option as well. The
Mexican cheese, queso fresco, is a great replacement for paneer.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, NOLS, menu, hiking, cheese, recipe, National Outdoor Leadership School, cooking, India, easy recipe, Backpacking, adventure, Whisperlite, international, Educators Notebook, saag, stove

Find adventure like Bilbo Baggins

By Casey Adams on Oct 24, 2012

“Home is now behind you. The world is ahead,” Gandalf says
in a trailer for
the upcoming The Hobbit. His advice to Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who dared
embark on a wonderful adventure, rings true for NOLS students as well. Of
course, NOLS graduates return home, but not after encountering the world in
ways never before experienced.

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Topics: Hobbiton, MacKenzie High Scountry, Dark Lord Sauron, NOLS, LOTR, props, Pelorus River, The Two Towers, Behind the Scenes, Gondor, Semester, Christchurch, hiking, Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park, The Hobbit, Matamata, wonder, Misty Mountains, Battle of Pelennor Fields, Queenstown, Mount Richmond State Park, Twizel, students, New Zealand, scout, Peter Jackson, Backpacking, adventure, Hobbit, film tourism, Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Southern Alps, Gandalf, helicopters, Bilbo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien, South Island, dwarfs, home

Foot Care & Blisters

By William Roth on Jan 5, 2010

A blister is your body's way of telling you your boots don't fit, they aren't broken in, or your feet are too tender for the miles you are covering. The body is kind enough to warn you first with "hot spots," and it's a warning you would do well to heed.

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Topics: hike, NOLS, hiking, camping, wilderness medicine, fit, Backpacking, blister, foot care, boots