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How To Keep Your Feet Warm

By Molly Herber on 12/29/16 9:20 AM

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 3/17/16 7:56 AM
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 12/31/15 9:11 AM

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 12/21/15 2:18 PM

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, splitboarding

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

Winter Sections: A Student's Perspective

By Sophia Kim on 3/16/11 4:52 AM

In the past week and a half, we've had several semester courses come back through NOLS Rocky Mountain as they transitioned between their winter sections to river, canyons, or rock climbing. We had the privilege of catching up with Audi Morrison, an Outdoor Educator Spring semester student and previous NOLS Teton Valley snowboarding alum. Here is an account of her Winter section:

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Topics: A Student's Perspective, two nols courses, second course, Winter Sections, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Expedition Prep, feedback, perspective, ski, winter

Instructor Q&A with Matt Lloyd

By William Roth on 5/27/10 10:13 AM

Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
I got my start in outdoor education in rural Pennsylvania. As a little kid, my parents would shoo me out the back door with nothing more than a brown paper lunch sack containing a PB&J sandwich, carrot sticks, and a juice box. I'd spend entire days exploring the quiet woods, fishing the clear lakes and streams, and building secret tree forts behind my house.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, matthew lloyd, skiing, accomplishment, insructor, matt lloyd, Educators Notebook, leave no trace, stewardship, winter, backcountry

Continuing The Layering System Discussion

By William Roth on 2/15/10 7:46 AM

As a companion piece to our latest episode of the NOLS podcast, Jamie O'Donnell and Lara McLuskey have agreed to answer questions we didn't have time to ask during our discussion on the NOLS layering system. Most of the following questions are from followers of the NOLS Facebook page. Join the conversation!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and YouTube.

What is the most versatile layer in your pack?
Jamie: I like light to medium weight wind layers like the Marmot windshirt or the Patagonia Houdini. Often it's the wind that robs us of heat and makes us feel cold even when the temperatures aren't that cold.
Lara: I love my wind-shirt! I use either a Patagonia Houdini or a GoLite Wisp.On a lightweight course, what is the first layer to be left behind?
Lara: Likely, midweight to heavier weight fleece. It's heavy and bulky, and when it gets wet, it's even heavier.

How many socks and pairs of underwear would you bring for a 30 day trip?
Jamie: I recommend 3-5 pair of socks for a summer course. One pair becomes your "sacred sleeping socks" and are never hiked in. Liner socks are optional but no more than two pair. Winter courses 5 pair of socks would be the minimum.

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Topics: gear, outdoor clothes, jacket, layers, shirts, wool, pants, layering system, synthetic, Educators Notebook, hard shell, cotton, winter, soft shell

Staying Warm: The NOLS Layering System

By William Roth on 2/9/10 7:53 AM

Fresh from NOLS Teton Valley: The latest video from NOLSywood debuts today featuring the NOLS layering system.

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Topics: NOLS, clothing system, layering, Expedition Prep, wilderness education, winter camping, layering system, warm, outdoor education, winter, staying warm, outdoor clothing