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.


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.


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.