MHYC Alum Inspired by Wilderness First Responder Course

Posted by Brooke Ortel on January 29, 2018 2:02:49 PM MST

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A recent MHYC alum used an AmeriCorps education award to successfully complete a NOLS First Responder Course in Yellowstone. This student intends to pursue a Community Emergency Response Team Certification in Thornton, Colorado, building on wilderness medicine skills learned at NOLS.

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The Ultimate Gifts for the Daring Adventurer

Posted by Molly Herber on December 14, 2017 11:34:22 AM MST

Editor's note: NOLS appeared in Healthline's 2017 holiday gift guide.

You know that friend — the one who can carve mountains, backpack continents, climb cliff faces, or simply thrive outside. The adventurer in your life, who keeps you updated about their trips and is always down to try something new.

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Higher Body Fat Percentage Helps Retain Muscle Mass In Physically Active Humans

Posted by Molly Herber on December 7, 2017 12:24:49 PM MST

Editor's note: Professor Cara Ocobock describes her latest findings on nutrition during extended wilderness expeditions in Science Trends.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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. 

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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.

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