As part of their 2018 gap year experience, Winterline students backpacked through the Gila National Forest on an eight-day NOLS expedition. Reflecting on their course, students touched on themes of leadership, tolerance for adversity, appreciation for the natural world—and fun.
For former park ranger Mark Kaufman, the NOLS Med Kit 4.0 makes the short list of recommended gifts for outdoorsy friends. Like wool socks, a good light, and water filtration devices, a NOLS med kit is a must-have for backcountry trips.
Three Wyoming counties recently opted out of a collaborative process allowing local stakeholders to partake in land management decisions surrounding wilderness study areas. NOLS Rocky Mountain Assistant Director Andy Blair commented that lifting protections in these areas and opening up them to energy development would disrupt student experiences in valuable wilderness classrooms.
Portland, Oregon—At the October 2018 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in Portland, Clare Dallat received the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award for her contributions to risk management in the outdoor industry. This award, presented annually at the WRMC, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management.
Photo by Claire Burgeson
Lander, WY—On October 13, 2018, NOLS presented its annual stewardship award to Jessica Wahl, Government Affairs Manager for the Outdoor Industry Association. The NOLS Stewardship Award, presented annually since 1990, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.
Alpinist, writer, outdoor educator, and former NOLS instructor Szu-ting Yi reflects on her 2017 traverse of the Wind River Range and its impact on her personal growth as a climber. She and her husband, Dave Anderson, also a former NOLS instructor, managed to climb 33 peaks in the Winds over the course of 20 days despite challenging conditions.
In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, SNEWS recognized five outstanding indigenous leaders in the outdoor industry, including NOLS Instructor and Senior Marketing Representative Erica Nelson, who’s also an ambassador for Brown Folks Fishing. In Erica’s words: “Our tribes were the caretakers and protectors of the land. I hope in my travels, I'm honoring their work.”
Former NOLS instructor Jimmy Chin and his wife believe that adventure is key to successful parenting. A climber, alpinist, skier, photographer, and filmmaker, Jimmy is committed to empowering his kids in the outdoors—for them, preschool is synonymous with ski school.
As NOLS horsepacking instructor Ari Hertz points out, the Wilderness Act stipulates that designated wilderness areas should be large enough to absorb the impact of a two-week packing trip. Reflecting on her own experience traveling in the backcountry with a mule, Stacey McKenna explores the history of bringing stock into the wilderness.
Backpacker magazine consults NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director Tod Schimpelfenig on how to prevent and treat the 10 most common hiking injuries and illnesses. Based on years of data collected on NOLS courses, the top 10 medical incidents that occur in the backcountry range from blisters to abdominal pain and allergic reactions.