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Self-Care in the Backcountry: Red Flags You Shouldn't Ignore

By Sarah Buer on 4/28/16 2:15 PM

“Walk it off.”

“Toughen up!”

“Rub some dirt on it.”

“Get over it.”

Have you ever heard one of these phrases? Chances are you have, and it may have shaped the way you think of “minor” discomforts.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, video, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

Recording Herding Songs of the Mongolian Steppe

By Dimitri Staszewski on 4/8/16 3:14 PM

NOLS graduate Dimitri Staszewski tells the story of his work recording the songs of Mongolian herders in this excerpt from the spring 2016 issue of The Leader.

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Topics: Alumni, Live the Dream, video, education, backcountry, leadership

The Cold Truth: Debunking Hypothermia Myths

By Sarah Buer on 3/2/16 10:14 AM

Get your facts straight with these five common myths about hypothermia (and the truths of the matter according to Tod Schimelpfenig, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director!):

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, risk management, video, Wilderness Medicine

30 Days to Survival: The Documentary That Put NOLS in the Spotlight

By Anne McGowan on 1/20/16 10:38 AM
Photo from the 30 Days to Survival documentary.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, video, backcountry, leadership

4 Ways You Can Get Cold (And How Not To)

By Molly Herber on 12/18/15 9:27 AM

Hypothermia is always a concern when you spend time in the outdoors, but when cold winter temperatures hit it’s especially important to pay attention to how you’re losing heat.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, wilderness medicine, risk management, Backpacking, video, backcountry, hypothermia

How to Sleep Warm Outside This Winter

By Molly Herber on 11/24/15 9:05 AM

Winter doesn’t stop avid campers and it doesn’t stop us, either! It’s easier to stay warm during the day when you’re hitting the slopes or snowshoeing through aspen groves, but what about when it’s time to sleep? Follow these tips to snuggle up and stay warm.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, risk management, video, winter, backcountry

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

By Annalise Grueter on 10/19/15 8:00 AM

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, video, wilderness, backcountry, leadership

3 Delicious Breakfast Spreads [Video]

By Molly Herber on 9/18/15 10:42 AM
He can't wait to get some cinnamon-honey butter on his pancakes. Photo by Rick Bieterman.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, video, backcountry

Do You Know These Tips to Spice Up Your Backcountry Cooking?

By Molly Herber on 9/11/15 4:00 PM

Food may be fuel, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a delicious-smelling cookpot can perk up your mood and turn people from a bunch of hangry grouches into very helpful kitchen assistants.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, video

5 Cool Things You Learn From Sailing

By Molly Herber on 9/10/15 1:12 PM

Is sailing just for people like this?

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, Expedition Prep, sailing, video

What To Do When You Sprain Your Ankle in the Wilderness [Video]

By NOLS Blog on 8/21/15 8:00 AM

After a long day day of hiking, you walk down to the lake to fill up your pot to start cooking dinner. Then, suddenly—you slip. Your ankle twists and you land hard on your butt. As you sit up, you’re relieved to discover that nothing really hurts except your ankle. And then you start to worry.

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Topics: WMI, video, backcountry, leadership, Wilderness Medicine

4 Gear Tips for Lightweight Backpacking

By Molly Herber on 7/27/15 8:00 AM
Travel far and fast while lightweight backpacking. Photo by Jared Steinman.
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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Expedition Prep, adventure, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry, lightweight backpacking

Take Your Cooking Outdoors: Interview with Expedition Chef Mary Brent Galyean

By Molly Herber on 7/22/15 9:40 AM


Expedition chef and three-time NOLS grad Mary Brent Galyean. Photo from
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Topics: Alumni, Semester, NOLS Rocky Mountain, cooking, Live the Dream, video, NOLS East Africa

How to Prevent and Treat Blisters [Video]

By NOLS Blog on 7/21/15 8:00 AM

Blisters, a common occurrence in the outdoors whether you’re day hiking, through-hiking, or not even hiking at all, can be debilitating. Blisters are caused by friction—imagine your foot rubbing the wrong place in your boot, or the skin on your hands rubbing on a canoe paddle.

Luckily, preventing blisters is fairly simple as long as you pay attention to what your skin is telling you and keep an eye out for the warning signs, as outlined by NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

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Topics: WMI, Backpacking, video, leadership, Wilderness Medicine

Ascent to the White House [Interview]

By Molly Herber on 7/14/15 8:00 AM


Tyrhee and Rosemary at the White House as the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage is announced. Photo courtesy of Tyrhee Moore.
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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, mountaineering, video, leadership