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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 - Prime 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, NOLS Alaska, Outdoors, Live the Dream, education, leadership

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, Behind the Scenes, Outdoors, instructors, 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: adventure, Outdoors, Thanksgiving, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, 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, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, cooking, communication, Backpacking, adventure, kayaking, Outdoors, Live the Dream, mountaineering, all-women, wilderness, backcountry, leadership

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, Live the Dream

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: Behind the Scenes, 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, Backpacking, adventure, Outdoors, Live the Dream, outdoor education, wilderness, backcountry

Exploration Film Tour Celebrates the Spirit of Adventure

By Kim Freitas on Aug 22, 2014

The first annual NOLS Exploration Film Tour features two and a half hours of exciting short films based on themes of wonder, discovery, curiosity, and the timelessness of the wilderness experience.

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Topics: Wilderness Films, Behind the Scenes, Events, Outdoors, Exploration Film Tour

Youth Leadership Conference - North Cascades Institute

By Chris Agnew on Nov 13, 2013
John Harnetiaux and Courtney Kuhl represented NOLS Pacific Northwest at the fourth annual Henry M. Jackson Youth Leadership Conference on Nov. 10th at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.
The conference brought together diverse students, partners, and regional organizations to participate in discussions on leadership, advocacy, stewardship, and collaboration. The event is primarily targeted to high school-aged students, and culminates with an Opportunity Fair, giving them a chance to connect with local and regional organizations to discuss potential opportunities as program participants and future employees.
John and Courtney spoke with many students about NOLS, highlighting opportunities like internships, in-town employment, and taking NOLS courses. A NOLS course has been a first step for many with long careers in outdoor related professions. On an Outdoor Educator Mountaineering course, students learn the skills and gain the experience for successful work in outdoor education, public land management, guiding, or even research.
John and Courtney also participated in an Open Space partnership forum and had the opportunity to share ideas with members from such organizations as The U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, Skagit Fisheries, and Northwest Youth Core in an effort to build collaborative ties with other conservation professionals in the region.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Behind the Scenes, NCI, Outdoors, youth

Expedition Denali Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Feature Film

By Casey Adams on Apr 11, 2013

This June, nine mountaineers will attempt to become the first all-African-American expedition
to climb Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley) in Alaska. This team’s goals go far
beyond summiting North America’s highest peak and making history. Their
ultimate objective is to inspire people of all colors, young and old, to get
more engaged in the great outdoors.

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Topics: inspire, nature, Behind the Scenes, NOLS course, first, Expedition Denali, African American, media, feature-length film, tax-deductible, film, role models, history, youth of color, Outdoors, Mount McKinley, summit, race, video, Alaska, prizes, Kickstarter, Diversity, Denali, documentary

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, Behind the Scenes, 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

Linda Lindsey named to Governor's Council

By Casey Adams on Oct 10, 2012

Linda Lindsey, NOLS human resources and inclusion director, has been named to the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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Topics: NOLS, Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and, Behind the Scenes, human resources, educate, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, inactivity, Inclusion, physical activities, nurse, mission, health, benefits, Outdoors, Leadership Wyoming, obesity, well-being

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, Behind the Scenes, Waddington Range, team, Expedition Denali, Mt. Baker, black, Cugach Range, African American, National Outdoor Leadership School, Cascade Range, Outdoors, British Columbia, Alaska, Denali, Washington