LANDER, Wyo.—The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) presented the eighth annual Charles (Reb) Gregg Wilderness Risk Management Award last week in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gap years are the perfect opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime. Fresh out of high school and old enough to be considered an adult, but not quite old enough to be completely responsible for yourself—the world is yours for the taking. First-year Mackenzie Davis made the most out of her gap year with an epic trip around the world that included three months in Southeast Asia, a NOLS Patagonia program, a trip around Chile, and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification.
During the summer season, camping is the ultimate escape for city dwellers taking a break from traffic and crowded tourist spots. In addition, there are few things more gratifying than going off the grid for an uncomplicated life in the woods. However, it seems that the fresh air we seek cannot be easily attained because of pesky mosquitoes.
Tod Schimelpfenig, the curriculum director at NOLS Wilderness Medicine, a Wyoming school for wilderness medicine education, said that Mr. Orr was lucky the bear did not bite into an artery, penetrate his chest or skull, or rip off a large hunk of flesh. That would have made the bleeding unmanageable alone (though had he had help, he could have contained it with an expertly placed tourniquet).
LANDER, WY—On Saturday, Oct. 8th, NOLS, a global wilderness education school headquartered in Lander, WY, will award the 2016 Stewardship Award to Jay Pence who is the Teton Basin District Ranger for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Presented annually since 1990, The NOLS Stewardship Award and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to know someone who graduated from the United States Naval Academy. It is extremely prestigious, so much so, that nominations for admission are routinely received from congressmen, senators and the Vice President. To gain admission, applicants must meet rigorous requirements and be competitive in areas most high school students do not have to consider. Ally Warnimont is one of those impressive few to be offered admission, and she is certainly making the most of it!
The overwhelming majority of college-bound high school seniors heads off to college just a couple of months after graduating. It is, of course, the normal path. A small but growing percentage of graduating seniors defer college enrollment to take what is commonly referred to as a gap year. This is the alternative path.
Pomona College’s Outdoor Education Center hosted a film screening and discussion on Friday, Sept. 23 to create a dialogue around racial representation in the outdoors.
Titled “Race and the Outdoors,” the event took place in Edmunds Ballroom and featured the film “An American Ascent.”
The documentary details the journey of the first team of African American climbers to attempt to reach the summit of Denali in 2013. By following their journey on the mountain, the film explores the complexities of African American representation in the outdoors.
Before you grab your gear and head out on a fall excursion, take some time to familiarize yourself with some wilderness first-aid basics.This list was compiled with a lot of help from Hartley Nature Center’s own Tiffany Smith, who has been a certified Wilderness Responder for eight years through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Wyoming.We hope this information will help prepare you for the worst, while you enjoy the best of the Northwoods.