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Backcountry Lessons for Today’s World: Tolerance for Adversity and Uncertainty

By Sophie Komornicki on Mar 26, 2020
Photo by Oscar Manguy

The term “uncertainty” has become a buzzword as we navigate a new normal—practicing social distancing, adjusting to working remotely, supporting our kids as they begin online classes, and searching stores for toilet paper or disinfecting wipes. However, enduring unexpected challenges is not a new concept, especially for those of us who regularly adventure outdoors. Almost every trip into the backcountry has some kind of uncertainty and adversity, and the skills you learned there can apply to today’s frontcounty.

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Topics: leadership, tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, Tolerance for Adversity, backcountry, leader-skills

Why Car Camping With Kids Was Harder Than My NOLS Course

By Alyssa Walker on Sep 18, 2018


Photo by Alyssa Walker.

On our last family car camping sojourn, a three-day affair two years ago, we learned that two- and four-year-olds are too young for anyone to enjoy any aspect of car camping. There were diapers. There were legions of biting insects. There was not one, but two kid backpacks. There was a frog potty. There were tantrums. Everything was sticky. It rained. We were too close to our neighbors. Fun, but not. At all.

We took a break for a year, thinking two potty-trained kids, at a minimum, would help. This time, we resolved, would be better, more fun, the stuff of memories and traditions. Our children, at four and six, were ready. So were we.

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Topics: Tolerance for Adversity, Live the Dream, expedition behavior, kids, parenting, car camping, stories

The Adventure Rolls On: Thriving through Adversity with Eric Thompson

By Sarah Buer on Mar 25, 2016

 

Photo courtesy of Eric Thompson.
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Topics: Alumni, leadership, Tolerance for Adversity, wilderness-medicine, WMI, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine