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Get some tips on how to sleep comfortably outdoors on winter camping expeditions, read the incredible story of one grad’s journey back to walking after a debilitating accident, and see how to make tasty backcountry mac & cheese.

How to Sleep Warm Outside This Winter

four smiling NOLS students sitting up in their sleeping bags in a tent

Photo by Tracy Baynes

A little snow doesn’t stop avid campers. But it’s easier to stay warm during the day when you’re hitting the slopes than when you're trying to fall asleep at night. Get some tips on how to snuggle up and stay warm when you’re ready to sleep after a day of activity!

Go to Learn How to Stay Warm While Winter Camping

A New Map: A Grad’s Journey to Walking Again

NOLS grad in physical therapy recovering after accident that caused paralysis

Photo courtesy of Jim Harris

In November 2014, NOLS grad Jim Harris woke up to find himself paralyzed after a catastrophic accident. Days later, without any evidence to support it, he wrote that it was going to be a “beautiful and frustrating process to relearn how to edge skis or bike tires through a turn.”

Go to Read the Amazing Story of Jim’s Recovery

Watch: How to Make Deluxe Mac & Cheese in the Backcountry

instagram video on how to make deluxe mac & cheese in the backcountry with image of mac & cheese on campstove

Who doesn’t crave some warm, cheesy comfort food after an active day? Especially if you’re winter camping, this tasty backcountry mac & cheese recipe is sure to be a hit!

Go to See How to Make Backcountry Mac & Cheese

Last Chance for an Epic Spring Break Adventure

NOLS winter course participant launches into the air on a snowboard with snow-covered mountains in the backgroundPhoto by Amy Whitaker

Dive into an unforgettable wilderness adventure this spring. Escape the cold and sea kayak in Baja, rock climb in the Southwest, or backcountry ski in the Rockies. No matter where you go, you can look forward to a week of laughter, challenge, and real-life leadership experience.

Go to Don't Miss the Opportunity to Take a Spring Break Course

Are You Hypothermic, Or Just Cold and Grouchy?

hypothermia patient in a NOLS Wilderness Medicine practice scenarioPhoto by Kirk Rasmussen

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director Tod Schimelpfenig explains that when handling a potential hypothermia case in the wilderness, it’s far more important to act early than to try to estimate the patient’s body temperature.

Go to Learn More about Managing Hypothermia in the Wilderness

Win a Prize in Our Winter Giveaway

NOLS participant skis backcountry powder on a sunny day in the mountainsPhoto by Wilson Cheung

It’s week two of our 2019 winter giveaway! Enter your name for the chance to win a camper mug, buff, or NOLS hoodie. Your name will also go into the drawing for the contest's grand prize: a BCA Stash 20 Backpack Kit.

Go to Enter Your Name to Win the Grand Prize

Pacific Northwest Spring Quarter

NOLS participants gather in a circle for a lesson in the mountains of the Pacific NorthwestPhoto by Willy Oppenheim

Push your comfort zone while mountaineering in the Cascades and sea kayaking in British Columbia. Earn an industry-recognized Wilderness First Aid certification. Return from an academic quarter in the wilderness with lifelong leadership skills—forever changed.

Go to Go Sea Kayaking & Mountaineering This Spring

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