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Learning Expedition Behavior With Kids: Winter Edition

By Alyssa Walker on Feb 28, 2019

Photo by Alyssa Walker.
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Topics: leadership, expedition behavior, winter, parenting, story

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Camping

By Rob Motley on Feb 8, 2019

Students during dawn patrol. Photo by Katie Oram.
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Topics: camping, leave no trace, winter, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding, story

Case Study: Is That Frostbite?

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Jan 24, 2019

Rescuers practice giving patient care. Photo by Aron Gooch.
 

The Setting

You’ve been leading an outdoor skills course for young adults, most of it taught indoors or on day hikes. This weekend is the culminating overnight snowshoe trip where you plan to sleep in hollowed-out snow shelters, called quinzhees.

The snowshoe hike went according to plan and you and your group arrive at your planned campsite. Everyone appears weary, happy, and healthy. You note that it is much colder than any previous trip you’ve led, with temperatures hovering near 0°F (-18°C).

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Topics: Wilderness First Responder, first aid, wilderness medicine, case study, winter, frostbite

Best of NOLS Instagram in 2018

By Caleb Walker on Dec 21, 2018

Your favorite photos of wilderness, friendship, and leadership from NOLS Instagram.

Find a little inspiration as you start dreaming of your adventures for 2019… 

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Topics: NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream, river crossing, mountaineering, winter, tent, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, photography, photos, story

Leading in the Avalanche Safety and Education Industry

By Kim Freitas on Dec 19, 2018


Musnicki climbing on Mt. Moran in the Tetons. Photo by Paul Rachele.

Editor's note: Adapted from the Fall 2016 issue of The Leader. 

When Jaime Musnicki was first introduced to skiing at age two, it led to a lifelong love of winter sports and an unexpected career path.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, avalanche, winter, story

Meeting the Experts: NOLS Winter Instructor Kate Koons

By Caleb Walker on Dec 18, 2018


Kate Koons takes a photo of her friends on an expedition in Alaska.

Kate Koons has a love affair with winter sports.

It began when she learned to ski as part of an after-school program in northern New Jersey.

"There was one lift and one Poma and many of my first memories revolved around trying to push my sister off the Poma lift, or not fall down while skiing the icy moguls to the bottom."

These days she is referred to as the "winter guru" around NOLS.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, winter camping, winter, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding, story

Case Study: A Hard Fall While Skiing

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Nov 7, 2018


Photo by Brian Fabel.

Editor’s Note: This case study is based on an actual incident that NOLS Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid graduates responded to.

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Topics: Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, first aid, wilderness medicine, case study, winter

Case Study: Falling Through the Ice

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Jan 24, 2018

Editor’s Note: This case study is based on a real-life incident from the early 1980’s.

The Setting

You and three friends are on an early winter ski trip. To shorten the route, the group decides to cut across a lake, despite previously agreeing to avoid the lakes due to thin ice.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, case study, winter, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, hypothermia

Quiz: Winter Injury and Illness

By NOLS on Nov 16, 2017
 
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Topics: wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, winter, quiz

How To Keep Your Feet Warm

By Molly Herber on Dec 29, 2016

Taking care of your feet while camping is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Here you’ll find advice from the pros—NOLS instructors, employees, even our wilderness medicine curriculum director Tod Schimelpfenig—on how to take care of your feet when they get cold.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, winter

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on Mar 17, 2016
Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

Do You Know Your Winter Leave No Trace?

By Molly Herber on Dec 31, 2015
Photo by Lindsay Yost.

We know you’re a pro at cleaning up after yourself when it’s warm out, but do you know what to do when the temperatures drop?

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

Our Favorite Winter Photos

By Molly Herber on Dec 21, 2015

We know you might be busy working or studying right now, so here are some amazing photos to feed your soul until the next time you can play outside.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, winter, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding

11 Ways to Get Outside This Winter

By Molly Herber on Dec 16, 2015

Photo by Kristen Lovelace.

We know it's chilly outside, but all that snow (if you live in a place that gets snow) is the perfect opportunity for you to get outside and play!

Can't think of anything to do beyond watching episode 246 of whatever television series you're on? Here are a few ideas.

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Topics: winter camping, adventure, Live the Dream, winter, backcountry

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