This was the challenge Heather Boucher of Stonington faced a few weeks ago when taking a course run by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), an international organization recognized as the gold standard in teaching how to survive in the wilderness.
Gareth Tate has been a wilderness first responder and NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor for more than a decade, so he’s treated countless backcountry accidents. I called him up to find out how to pack a proper first-aid kit. “My approach is pretty minimal. So many of these products are sold to you, and so few of them are actually important,” Tate says. “Many of the items become comfort items. You need to differentiate between comfort and essential.” What follows is the gear he thinks is absolutely necessary to have in your car or pack.
When Evanston Township High School graduate Jack Cleave was thinking about taking a gap year between high school and college, the 19-year-old said he never dreamed he'd end up hiking mountains and kayaking over raging rivers in Patagonia.
Every decision has a repercussion- with those outcomes, an opportunity to learn is created. Relying heavily on experiential education, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) works with over 24,000 students a year. Students are pushed to their potential in courses in rock climbing, backpacking, sailing, skiing and more.
Perhaps you’ve decided to take a year off from the daily grind. or maybe your career allows you to work from anywhere. Or you might be recently retired and ready to see the world.
Whatever the reason, if you've some serious time on your hand, don't just sit around. These adventures will get you exploring the globe.
At the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, NOLS joined other bear experts from around the world to share their knowledge last week.
At this year’s AGA Conference I caught up with Bruce Palmer, long time Admission and Marketing director at the AGA accredited Gap Year organization, National Outdoor Leadership School and father of a student who completed a NOLS program. We talked about the importance of outdoor education, Gap Years and the value of this kind of experience in the life of a young person.