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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.

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Topics: Gear, Expedition Prep, Outdoors, expedition

How the Wilderness Lets Us Be Our Best Selves [Q&A]

By Shelli Johnson on Mar 4, 2016

In this post, life coach, Brooks Range Backpacking - Adult graduate, and future NOLS parent Shelli Johnson talks about how the wilderness creates opportunities to develop resilience for everyday leaders. You can read her other post on the NOLS Blog, A Leader and Parent Reflects on Her Brooks Range Course.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, NOLS Alaska, Outdoors, education

Games to Stay Entertained in Camp

By Molly Herber on Jan 29, 2016

Whether you’re leading a group of novices on their first camping expedition or taking your friends on a casual weekend trip, the weather gets nasty, playing games is a great way to keep spirits high!

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Topics: Alumni, Outdoors, Becoming an Instructor, backcountry

10 Ways to #OptOutside on Black Friday

By Molly Herber on Nov 18, 2015

Planning to #OptOutside on Black Friday like our partners at REI, but not sure how? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Topics: Environment, adventure, Outdoors, Thanksgiving, Stories, #optoutside

5 Things You Already Do That Make You a Female Outdoor Leader

By Annalise Grueter on Oct 19, 2015


The author looking out at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado from Mount Adams at 13,931 feet. Photo by Ryan Richardson.

Backpacker magazine recently posted this piece online touching on the fact that, regardless of outdoor experience, their female readership were less likely to view themselves as leaders than their male readership, and that needs to change. We agree.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, Leadership Skills, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, cooking, communication, Backpacking, adventure, Kayaking, Outdoors, Mountaineering, all-women, wilderness, backcountry

The NOLS Guide to Fall Clothing

By NOLS Blog on Oct 2, 2015

We think clothes should be both stylish and functional. If you look good, then you probably feel good, too. As you get ready to head out in search of some leaves to crunch (so satisfying), check out our recommendations for this fall’s must-have clothing.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, adventure, Outdoors, backcountry

7 Great Activities for National Trails Day

By Molly Herber on Jun 4, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015: National Trails Day. Not sure what your plans are yet? Let us help you get your creativity flowing:

1. Take your bike for a spin.


Find some trails and get those wheels rolling! Photo by Mike Casella.
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Topics: Backpacking, adventure, Outdoors

Take a Ride! It's Bike to Work Week

By Molly Herber on May 13, 2015

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike."—JFK

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Topics: Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School, adventure, Outdoors

Our Guide to National Park Week 2015

By Molly Herber on Apr 17, 2015

 We can feel it in our bones: this year National Park Week, from April 18-April 26, is going to be excellent. It kicks off this weekend, April 18 and 19, with free admission for everyone. That’s right—you can go visit Old Faithful in Yellowstone or walk the rim of the Grand Canyon without paying any money.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Backpacking, adventure, Outdoors, outdoor education, wilderness, backcountry

Expedition Denali stories inspire in Lander and beyond

By Casey Adams on Mar 4, 2013

Last week, the Expedition Denali team traveled to Lander, Wyo., where they spent a day at NOLS Headquarters for their final gathering before they attempt to summit Denali in June. As part of this visit, they held a forum for local NOLS staff in which they shared their motivations, fears, and expectations for joining Expedition Denali. Each brought his or her own story to the team, creating a strong, diverse group that will be able to impact the lives of a variety of children across the nation.

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Topics: NOLS, Seattle, Adina Scott, Expedition Denali, Ryan Mitchell, National Outdoor Leadership School, active, adventure, youth of color, Outdoors, youth, Tyrhee Moore, expedition, climb, summer camp, Pacific Northwest, D.C. Philadelphia, Denali, wilderness

Expedition Denali: Team in Training

By Casey Adams on Oct 8, 2012

After a summer of training hard in Washington's Cascade Range, British
Columbia's Waddington Range, and Alaska's Chugach Range, the Expedition
team is poised to embark on their journey to Denali in June 2013.

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Topics: NOLS, Waddington Range, team, Expedition Denali, Mt. Baker, black, Cugach Range, African American, National Outdoor Leadership School, Cascade Range, Outdoors, British Columbia, Alaska, Denali, Washington