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Explore the written word

By Casey Adams on May 10, 2012

As the NOLS community around the world is preparing for the Second Annual NOLS Faculty Summit, Central Wyoming College is preparing for an outdoor education experience of the literary persuasion. The college is currently accepting registration for the first Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference.

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Topics: free, Outdoor Inspiration Award, NOLS, Sinks Canyon, adventurer, Outdoor Industry Association, Lander, blind, workshops, Faculty Summit, Central Wyoming College, Erik Weihenmayer, Live the Dream, critiques, Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference, college credit

Adventure Medical Kits Supports the NOLS Scholarship Fund

By Larkin Flora on Jan 31, 2012

Demonstrating their commitment to outdoor education and safety, Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) raised money for NOLS last month at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market. During the first two days of OR, AMK sold their award-winning SOL Escape Bivvy with all proceeds going to the NOLS Scholarship Fund.

The bivvy is AMK’s new, heat reflective, highly water resistant, windproof, and, most importantly, breathable emergency shelter or primary sleep system for backcountry adventures. It weighs a trim 8.5 ounces, and at $50, it’s very affordable. Although it just began shipping this month, the SOL Escape Bivvy has already gleaned awards for 2011 Gear of the Year from both Gear Junkie and National Geographic Adventure.

So why did AMK decide to donate their proceeds to the NOLS Scholarship Fund?

“The question is more like, why didn’t we do this earlier?” explained AMK Chief Marketing Officer Frank Meyer, “I think the opportunity to learn outdoor and leadership skills should be afforded to as many people as possible regardless of income level.”

Each year, NOLS offers more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to applicants who demonstrate great potential to excel as NOLS students but lack the financial means to attend. Without the generous support of staff, alumni, the broader NOLS community, and organizations like Adventure Medical Kits, many students would not be able to experience an NOLS education.

“Adventure Medical Kits’ donation to the NOLS scholarship fund through the sales of Escape Bivvys at Outdoor Retailer was a great way to show our support to a core group of outdoor users,” concluded Meyer, “We look forward to continuing to support NOLS in the future.”


To learn more about the NOLS Scholarship Fund and Campaign NOLS: Endowing Our Core Values, click here.

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, awards, National Outdoor Leadership School, amk, scholarships, sol escape bivvy, fundraising, Adventure Medical Kits, Outdoor Retailer

OR holds fundraiser, celebration for NOLS

By Casey Adams on Jan 17, 2012

If you’re planning on attending the Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market this week, be sure to stop by the NOLS booth and congratulate them on their recent award and visit Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) to get your hands on a bivvy.

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, outdoor gear, National Outdoor Leadership School, OIA, amk, scholarships, OR, Adventure Medical Kits, Outdoor Retailer, honors, adidas Outdoor, Outdoor Inspiration Awards, fundraiser, John Gans

NOLS recognized for ‘rejuvenation and spirit’

By Casey Adams on Jan 10, 2012

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced its Outdoor Inspiration Awards today, and NOLS was among the recipients. The awards “[celebrate] the rejuvenation and spirit that inspires so many people to embrace the active outdoor lifestyle.”

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, OIA Outdoor Inspiration Awards, National Outdoor Leadership School, award, Outdoors, honors, adidas Outdoor, John Gans