Kim Freitas

Kim is a Wind River Wilderness and Wilderness First Responder graduate who works as the NOLS Writer and PR Specialist. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, warm yoga, and drinking lots of coffee!

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Michael Foale, astronaut extraordinaire teaches on leadership and teamwork

Posted by Kim Freitas on November 8, 2017 8:15:38 AM MST

Summary: Michael Foale explains the highly successful teamwork and leadership training model used by NASA and ISS. It has clear application in the corporate world.


Drilling Near Dinosaur National Monument Draws Criticism

Posted by Kim Freitas on October 18, 2017 1:53:38 PM MDT

Changes loom near remote Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. It’s a rough region of 1,000-foot cliffs and canyons, two wild rivers — the Green and the Yampa — ancient rock art and archaeological evidence of 10,000 years of human history.


Medicine in the Middle of Nowhere

Posted by Kim Freitas on October 18, 2017 7:38:32 AM MDT

There was still some light in the sky that evening after supper, when everybody started shuffling over to find a spot near the fire. The heat of the day had faded only slightly. Still, they were carrying extra layers and puffy jackets.


How to Keep Your Camp Kitchen Clean

Posted by Kim Freitas on October 17, 2017 8:35:14 AM MDT

Your food will taste better, and you'll stay healthier

There are acceptable levels of grime I’m willing to put up with when cooking outdoors. For example, my buddies and I refer to our dishes and utensils as “river clean,” “hut clean,” or “camp clean,” depending on the trip. Basically, we let them remain pretty dirty. But that has also led to me contracting nasty infections like giardia, norovirus, and any number of (admittedly undiagnosed) South American bugs that I was never tested for but had powerful—ahem—gastrointestinal effects.


Working With Difficult Teammates You Didn't Choose

Posted by Kim Freitas on October 12, 2017 8:54:21 AM MDT

High performing teams do their absolute best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. When individuals are put together without their own choosing, they can accelerate joint progress by learning each other’s stories, rallying around shared purpose and building relationships by helping each other and being open to help.


“Exploration Film Tour” challenges stereotypical norms on the outdoors

Posted by Kim Freitas on October 4, 2017 11:02:11 AM MDT

Ohio State’s Outdoor Adventure Center will challenge stereotypes and promote engagement with outdoors when the “Exploration Film Tour” makes a stop on campus.


My Drowning (And Other Inconveniences)

Posted by Kim Freitas on September 25, 2017 8:50:10 AM MDT

Now, on the matter of my death in the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, specifically after an alarming swim in Lava Falls—universally considered the canyon’s nastiest and most difficult rapid—I confess that I miscalculated badly. I miscalculated previous to the run and then again in the aftermath of the excitement to come. 


Why it's a Real Mistake To Count on a Cellphone When You Go Hiking

Posted by Kim Freitas on September 18, 2017 7:46:07 AM MDT

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn’t know which way to turn. She had been eager to explore the Appalachian Trail when she moved to Pennsylvania and discovered that her house was near an access point. But not long after she took off from the trailhead, the path branched in different directions. She wasn’t carrying a cellphone or a map. Nervous, she turned back.


Renowned Astronomer Jill Tarter Says Eclipse Reminds Us We're Earthlings

Posted by Kim Freitas on August 24, 2017 8:15:57 AM MDT

An award-winning astronomer famous for her search for extraterrestrial intelligence spoke to a sold out audience at the Lander high school the night before the eclipse.


Recreation economy accounts for 50,000 Wyoming jobs

Posted by Kim Freitas on August 7, 2017 8:00:44 AM MDT

Recreation continues to play an important and growing role in Wyoming’s economy, according to a report released July 26 by the Outdoor Industry Association, a trade organization.


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