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José González, Knight Campbell, & Kit DesLauriers on Their Trails To Success [Video]

By NOLS on Feb 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of José G. González

NOLS graduates are an inspiring bunch. Over the years, we’ve heard again and again that their NOLS courses impacted their trails to success.

Whether success means founding a nonprofit that empowers Latinx communities in the outdoors (José González), becoming the first person to ski the seven summits (Kit DesLauriers), or launching a company built around outdoor leadership training (Knight Campbell), NOLS courses can facilitate learning and growth along the way.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS alumni, video, Stories, #TrailsToSuccess, Alumni Accomplishments

Cold Weather Recipe: Cheesy Potato Soup

By Brooke Ortel on Jan 23, 2020
Photo by Jordan Cranch

When you’re tired and chilly after a rainy hike or day of backcountry skiing, this hearty soup is a perfect way to refuel. A classic from the iconic NOLS Cookery, our favorite potato soup is guaranteed to warm you up. Even your grumpiest pal can’t stay hangry with a bowl of cheesy goodness!

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Topics: backcountry cooking, recipe, Camping, NOLS cookery, video, backcountry recipe, Food and Gear, Food

Camping Recipe: How to Make a Backcountry Pie

By Brooke Ortel on Nov 26, 2019
Photo by Jordan Cranch

Let’s face it: No meal is truly complete without dessert. Even (or maybe especially) when you’re camping. This classic fruit pie is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth after a long day of hiking—and put a smile on your friends’ faces.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, recipe, Camping, NOLS cookery, dessert, video, Food and Gear, Food

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls when You’re Camping

By Molly Herber on Aug 21, 2018
Photo by Charlotte Klein

Waking up to the buttery smell of hot cinnamon rolls is one of the best ways to start your morning.

With this recipe from the NOLS Cookery, you can get that delicious, gooey cinnamon roll even when you're camping. Cinnamon rolls are longtime NOLS classic, and this recipe is perfect for home, car camping, or to change up the routine of instant oatmeal on a longer trip.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, Camping, cooking, video, cinnamon rolls, backcountry recipe, backpacking recipe, Food and Gear, Food

What to Do When You Hook Yourself: Removing a Fishhook

By Ben Lerman on Mar 14, 2018
Photo by Brad Christensen

It's the first fair-weather Saturday of the month. Most people are sleeping in—but not you. It’s time to fish!

Typically, you fish a barbless fly because you know it's easier to get the hook out of the fish’s mouth, but today you and your buddy are trying to catch your limit for a fish-fry later. You choose an obnoxiously large streamer with the biggest, nastiest, barb you have in your fly-box.

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Topics: First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, video, fishing, Wilderness Medicine, Illness and Injuries

7 Ways to Make Coffee While Camping

By Molly Herber on Jan 6, 2017
Photo by Molly Herber

The morning ritual of making a hot beverage is precious to many an outdoorsperson (and a pain for the ones who like to get out of camp quickly). Interrupting that ritual could mean a full day of silence until you make up for it by giving up your last Snickers bar or promising to do dishes for the rest of the trip.

You might think that options are limited for making coffee while you’re camping, but you really have all kinds of choices.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, video, coffee, Food and Gear, Food

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

By Sarah Buer on Apr 28, 2016

“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: WMI, video, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

Recording Herding Songs of the Mongolian Steppe

By Dimitri Staszewski on Apr 8, 2016

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, Leadership Skills, video, education, backcountry

Debunking Myths: What Should You Do If Someone has Hypothermia?

By Sarah Buer on Mar 2, 2016

When your core temperature drops below normal, with heat loss exceeding heat gain, hypothermia can result. It may be caused by winter weather, cold water immersion, or wind, rain and hail in summer.

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Topics: WMI, Risk Management, video, Wilderness Medicine

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

By Anne McGowan on Jan 20, 2016

Photo from the 30 Days to Survival documentary.
 

Forty-six years ago this month …

The year was 1969. NOLS was five years old—a small school in a small town in a sparsely populated western state. In the first half-decade, only a little over 1,000 students had graduated from NOLS.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, National Outdoor Leadership School, video, backcountry

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

By Molly Herber on Dec 18, 2015

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, Risk Management, Backpacking, video, backcountry, Wilderness Medicine, hypothermia

How to Sleep Warm Outside This Winter

By Molly Herber on Nov 24, 2015

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

3 Delicious Breakfast Spreads [Video]

By Molly Herber on Sep 18, 2015

 

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 Sep 11, 2015
That hangry face ... so scary. Photo by Mauricio Clauzet.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, video

5 Cool Things You Learn From Sailing

By Molly Herber on Sep 10, 2015

Is sailing just for people like this?

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, Expedition Prep, Sailing, video