Veterans group uses the outdoors, mountaineering to prevent suicides

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 24, 2017 9:48:35 AM MDT

It wasn’t one event in the outdoors that saved Andrew Collins’ life.

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Getting Kids Into the Outdoors Starts in the Backyard

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 21, 2017 8:09:00 AM MDT

Any parent who grew up ruling the neighborhood streets on their bike, climbing trees, or flipping over rocks to see what they could scare up will want their kids to do the same.

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NOLS Joins “We Are Still In” Paris Agreement Coalition

Posted by NOLS on July 20, 2017 7:51:41 AM MDT

On July 17, 2017, NOLS joined the “We Are Still In” coalition of Paris Agreement supporters within the United States following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from this international climate accord. This coalition of nine states, 235 cities and counties, 319 colleges and universities, and 1,680 businesses and investors are publicly recommitting to their climate change goals signaling leadership from within a divided country to our international partners.

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Should You Become a Wilderness First Responder?

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 18, 2017 8:59:07 AM MDT

Exploring Arizona can be beautiful, breathtaking and sometimes even thrilling. From rocky Grand Canyon trails to the secluded Sedona wilderness, thousands of hikers venture away from civilization.

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How To Be a Nature Lover Without Leaving a Footprint

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 12, 2017 10:47:33 AM MDT

“It’s a madhouse” is the first thing that my wife and I thought as we arrived at Anza-Borrego on a Thursday morning in March. We wanted to see the wildflower superblooms and thought we’d beat the crowd by visiting midweek. Everybody else clearly had the same idea. Hundreds of cars were trying to shoehorn into the tiny lot of state park headquarters. We aborted and drove past the dozens of frustrated drivers that had just pulled themselves off the road haphazardly like pick-up-sticks.

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Why good leaders need to be comfortable with uncertainty

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 6, 2017 2:02:48 PM MDT

As the first American—and first woman—to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo, Tori Murden McClure is no stranger to challenges.

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Backcountry Delight

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 29, 2017 8:25:58 AM MDT

A camp-kitchen upgrade. 

If you’re like us, you secretly love rehydrated backpacking meals. One, they’re super easy to make. Two, there’s almost no cleanup involved. And three, they taste better and better all the time. But sometimes you want a fresh meal when you’ve been hoofing it through the backcountry. Here’s a simple recipe to try:

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3,600 Miles and a dream

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 27, 2017 9:30:26 AM MDT

Brakes—Hold. Fuel selector—Both tanks. Mixture—Full rich. Carburetor heat—Off. Circuit breakers—In. Primer—Three pumps. Throttle—Open quarter-inch. Battery master/alternator switch—On. Beacon—On. Propeller area—"Clear!" Ignition—Start.

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How Learning Wilderness First Aid Seriously Upped My Hiking Game

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 26, 2017 8:21:47 AM MDT

I skid down the side of the mountain the moment I see the crash. My trail runners burn rubber as I launch myself over a boulder to get to the victim, a 44-year-old hang glider who caught a gnarly gust of wind coming over Big Bear Lake.

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The 10 Best Alternative Summer Trips for College Students

Posted by NOLS on June 14, 2017 10:16:04 AM MDT

Cast the tanning lotion aside and jump, skip, hop, camp, hike or eat your way through summer vacay. With only three short months before we hit the books, you have to make the most of your break from accounting and biology. Broaden your summer landscape to include destinations other than those same sandy beaches you’ve vacationed to since you were five. Your Instagram fans will thank you. You might even acquire your next record-breaking photo.

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