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.


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.


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.


Every Animal Adopted At BLM–Honor Farm Wild Horse And Burro Adoption

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 25, 2017 4:08:58 PM MDT

Wyoming's 2017 wild horse and burro adoption season is off to a strong start after all animals offered at Saturday's Bureau of Land Management-Wyoming Honor Farm event were adopted. Twenty saddle- and halter-started horses and 10 saddle- and halter-started burros found new homes in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana after being gentled by inmate trainers.


Mountain Skills: Essential Education

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 23, 2017 10:13:05 AM MDT

The list of skills and knowledge needed to get into the mountains is never ending. In fact, it’s subject matter that numerous careers are built on, but safe and efficient backcountry travel doesn’t necessarily require a PhD in snow science or a guide’s certification. It takes common sense, good partners, a willingness to learn and, above all, the following 10 things that every skier and rider should know.


Green Frequency

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 19, 2017 8:30:18 AM MDT
There are more and more initiatives seeking to reconnect children, young people and adults with nature. Entries of a trend at the local and world level.

The Quiet Confidence of Wilderness Medicine

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 15, 2017 9:49:53 AM MDT

It had been a disastrous day on Mount Rainier and night was falling. I keenly felt the loss of the sun as a chill seeped through my light down jacket and my teeth began to chatter. A few feet away, my climbing partner lay on the ground with a life-threatening chest wound that our rescuers had sealed with a nitrile glove and some tape. My own broken ankle was snugly ensconced in a makeshift splint fashioned from a backpack, various articles of clothing, and an elastic bandage. It wasn’t pretty, I thought, noting the sleeve, sock, and other bits and pieces that poked out, but it would certainly do.


NOLS Continues to Boost Wyoming Up

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 1, 2017 7:46:09 AM MDT

NOLS brings more money and jobs to Wyoming.

News 13’s Landon Harrar showed us the numbers from last year and the new opportunities for this year.

NOLS Admission and Marketing Director Bruce Palmer said, “NOLS is an international organization so last year we educated over 26-thousand people and about five thousand of those would have been on NOLS expeditions went through our wilderness medicine training.” NOLS operates internationally and thousands of students took courses.


Wilderness First Aid

Posted by Kim Freitas on April 20, 2017 8:32:28 AM MDT

In my continuing effort to not die while out on the Pacific Crest Trail, or in general, I recently attended a NOLS Wilderness First Aid class, which was hosted by REI, with my girlfriend Cristina. The class was two full days and covered everything from treating blisters to what to do when someone is struck by lightning.  Luckily this class was nearby and didn’t require a long drive to some shady place like my ice axe class.


You never stop learning leadership — nor should you

Posted by Kim Freitas on April 19, 2017 8:04:21 AM MDT

They say that you learn everything you need to know in life in kindergarten. Treat others as you want to be treated, play fair, clean up your own mess, naps are good — the list goes on.