NOLS Wilderness Medicine: A Genius Way to Use Your PTO

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 12, 2019 1:12:46 PM MST

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Outdoorsy, a company that coordinates RV rentals, recommends NOLS Wilderness Medicine training as one of their top five picks for using paid time off. If you camp and recreate in remote areas, completing a wilderness medicine course is a great way to spend your PTO. 

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Outside Magazine Recognizes NOLS Instructor Liza Howard for Ultrarunning Wins

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 6, 2019 11:54:22 AM MST

As a professional ultrarunner, NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor, and mother of two, Liza Howard is pretty busy—to say the least. But juggling work, family life, and training hasn’t stopped her from winning big races like the Leadville 100 and competing in the 100K World Championships. In fact, she says, her busy schedule is key to her success.

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UC Santa Cruz Students Recognized for Completing WFR Training

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 5, 2019 4:46:06 PM MST

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The Mercury News recognized 30 students at the University of California Santa Cruz who completed a NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification course this winter. Founded in 1965 by Paul Petzoldt of the 10th Mountain Division, NOLS has expanded to include the world’s leading wilderness medicine program.

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NOLS Med Kit Rated Top Gift for Outdoorsy Friends

Posted by Brooke Ortel on November 2, 2018 8:34:43 AM MDT

For former park ranger Mark Kaufman, the NOLS Med Kit 4.0 makes the short list of recommended gifts for outdoorsy friends. Like wool socks, a good light, and water filtration devices, a NOLS med kit is a must-have for backcountry trips.

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The Top 10 Hiking Illnesses and Injuries

Posted by Brooke Ortel on October 2, 2018 8:34:42 AM MDT

Backpacker magazine consults NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director Tod Schimpelfenig on how to prevent and treat the 10 most common hiking injuries and illnesses. Based on years of data collected on NOLS courses, the top 10 medical incidents that occur in the backcountry range from blisters to abdominal pain and allergic reactions.

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Building a Proper First Aid Kit

Posted by Brooke Ortel on September 28, 2018 11:56:34 AM MDT

Outside Online looks to NOLS Wilderness Medicine for tips on how to build a well-stocked first aid kit. The first step? Making sure you know how to use all of the supplies you're planning to packconsider taking a wilderness first aid course to prepare.

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One Grad’s Journey from Denali to Emergency Room Medicine

Posted by Brooke Ortel on June 20, 2018 2:43:31 PM MDT

Andy Elsberg, NOLS grad and former instructor, originally came to Alaska to climb Denali, but taking wilderness medicine courses inspired him to ultimately pursue a medical degree. Today, he works in the emergency department at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, working to combat gun violence, a drug epidemic, and a struggling mental health care system.

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Idaho Rescue Training Brings NOLS Wilderness First Aid to Magic Valley

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 16, 2018 9:05:58 AM MDT

Idaho Rescue Training recently hosted a two-day NOLS Wilderness First Aid course for Magic Valley residents. It’s a good way to prepare for outdoor recreation this summer, says senior instructor Paul Holle: “knowing what to do in an emergency, especially when you don’t have access to calling 911…is really important.”

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Be Prepared: Pack a Premade First Aid Kit

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 21, 2018 11:51:19 AM MST

With input from Shana Tarter, assistant director of NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Outside’s Gear Guy discusses the advantages of purchasing a premade first aid kit. The bottom line? It’s much more economical than trying to construct your own, plus you’ll be prepared for a range of situations without adding a lot of weight to your pack.

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