Managing loose dry sluffs in "Mozambique." Photo by Mike Poborsky, Course Director.
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).Read More
Your favorite photos of wilderness, friendship, and leadership from NOLS Instagram.
Find a little inspiration as you start dreaming of your adventures for 2019…Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
Editor’s Note: This case study is based on a real-life incident from the early 1980’s.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More