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Find inspiration from lessons learned in the backcountry with this video, get suggestions on how to apply wilderness medicine training to frontcountry emergencies, and read an instructor’s reflection on patience in adversity.

Watch: At NOLS, We Believe…

NOLS video with image of tents on a beach at sunset overlaid by We Believe text

In a time that doesn’t feel very hopeful—when the packs are heavy, when it feels like we’ve stepped off the edge of the map—turning to core values, formed in the outdoors, may offer some solace.

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Applying Wilderness Medicine Skills to Frontcountry Life

NOLS wilderness medicine student radios in to communicate a SOAP note in the outdoors
Photo by Colleen Kelley

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, you may have the opportunity to put your wilderness medicine training to use and alleviate strain on overwhelmed healthcare services. Here are some tips from NOLS Wilderness Medicine on how to take action responsibly—and when to seek care from a medical professional.

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The Hurrier I Go: What This Winter Taught Me about Patience in the Mountains

two backcountry skiers make their way to the top of a slope at sunset, accompanied by a small dog
Photo by Michelle Yarham

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. When she was sidelined with a ski injury this winter, NOLS instructor Navarana Smith made this maxim her mantra. Her story speaks to the power of patience in the face of adversity and how to reimagine the path forward.

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New Summer Quarter Expeditions

backpackers walk alongside a glassy alpine lake toward a rocky peak with permanent snowfields in the Wind River RangePhoto by Juan Queirolo

Looking forward to this summer, we’ve introduced two new extended expeditions: the Alaska Summer Quarter and the Rocky Mountain Summer Quarter. Get excited to climb mountains, paddle whitewater, and go sea kayaking this July.

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How to Repair Your Outdoor Gear

blue and green NOLS windpants draped over a sewing machinePhoto by Molly Herber

If you’re looking for a project at home, now might be just the time to tend to that broken tent zipper, ripped windpants, or damaged rainfly that you’ve been studiously avoiding.

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How to Make the Best Cinnamon Rolls

holding out a fry bake containing five cinnamon rollsPhoto by Charlotte Klein

These yummy cinnamon rolls are a staple on NOLS courses—and they taste just as good in the frontcountry! If you’re looking for a breakfast treat, give this recipe a try.

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Featured Course: Fall Semester in the Southwest

woman wearing yellow life preserver sits in the bow of a canoe while paddling in a river canyonPhoto by Ashley Wise

Start planning a different kind of semester for this fall. Build lifelong leadership and outdoor skills while backpacking, canoeing, caving, and rock climbing in the U.S. Southwest.

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