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!

Recent Posts

Genius Tips to Master Campsite Baking

Posted by Kim Freitas on August 2, 2017 8:48:31 AM MDT

A week into her first-ever NOLS class, deep in the wilderness, Katherine Boehrer experienced the biggest shock of the trip, at dinnertime. “They made this chocolate cake. I didn’t know you could make a cake in the backcountry,” she says. “And it was so comforting; it was like a taste of home.”


How to Ford a River

Posted by Kim Freitas on August 1, 2017 11:06:39 AM MDT

Outdoor Recreation Bolsters Wyoming's Economy with $5.6 Billion Annually in Consumer Spending and 50,000 Jobs

Posted by Kim Freitas on July 26, 2017 1:47:05 PM MDT

BOULDER, Colo. – July 26, 2017 — Outdoor recreation is a huge economic force in the state of Wyoming. It generates $5.6 billion annually in consumer spending, directly contributes a whopping 50,000 jobs and contributes $514 million in state and local tax revenue, according to the Outdoor Recreation Economy state report released today by Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.