Outdoor Skills and Advice – Beyond the Edge

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Ease Your Kids Into the Outdoors

For parents, few joys compare to sharing a favorite activity with their kids—of rediscovering a thrill through a child’s eye. This especially rings true with outdoor experiences, where a budding adventurer might need a little nurturing to bloom. Take backpacking, for example. I think it is one of the most sublime activities. I love the…

Camping Cooking – Baker’s Backcountry Cake and Lightweight Jalapeno Grits

By Casey Dean, NOLS Backcountry travel requires planning: route planning, anticipating weather, organizing gear with travel-mates, and much more. Meal planning doesn’t often get much attention, what with the relatively tasty and ridiculously convenient freeze-dried meals (and beer?) at our fingertips. Nonetheless, backcountry cooking is a wonderful way to spend an evening in the most…

Smoke Signals: Wildfire Safety Precautions for a Fiery Year

Written and reported by guest contributor Casey Dean Skies across the nation have been darkened by smoke from forest fires. These same forests are the very destinations we set for adventures, so it is of utmost importance this summer to plan with particular attention to fire risk and wildfire danger. First and most simply, reconsider…

NOLS: High Altitude Tips – How to Stay Safe and Feel Good

Contributing writer Casey Dean helped with this post. We have peaks on the brain here at NOLS, as one of our own returns from an expedition to the highest point in the world and our Expedition Denali team prepares for a summer of training on glaciers in Alaska, the Waddington, and the Wind River Range.…

NOLS: Ditch the Gym With the 30-Minute Denali Workout

NOLS is training the Expedition Denali team for their 2013 attempt to summit Denali. With the help of Climb Strong, we’ve set up a rigorous fitness regimen that will whip the team into shape. They’ve already established a base level of fitness and have started building it up with a simple 30-minute metabolic workout. Follow…

OIA: In Kayaking Kauai and in Life, When Adventures Go Awry, Remember: It’ll Work Out

When my husband and I went to Kauai last September, the one thing we really wanted to do was kayak the Na Pali Coast. It’s touted as one of National Geographic’s 100 Best American  Adventures. And with good reason. Picture paddling 17 pristine miles of Kauai’s rugged and breathtaking northwestern shore. We envisioned sparkling blue…

NOLS: Are You Fit for Adventure? Three Simple Workouts to do Anywhere

We adventurers often daydream of climbing rugged peaks, swimming in pristine high alpine lakes, traversing across blue-green glaciers, or trekking along rugged ridgelines with dramatic views  … while we’re sitting at our desk eating donuts. Do you feel like reaching for your next adventure is just making your arms sore? At NOLS, we’re working with…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: Backcountry Quiche Moraine Recipe (Video)

NOLS’ local backcountry chefs Casey Pikla and Amy Rathke prove once again that backcountry food is fit for a king (or a picky princess like me). High-calorie, high-protein food is a must when you’re active all day, and what better way to pack a high-protein, high-calorie punch than a breakfast quiche before you begin the…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: Beautiful and Dangerous – Spring Plant Safety Tips

Oh, I only wish I were talking about myself. But alas, I’m referring to something just a tad prettier and more fragrant. Flowers. A year ago, I was bundled up in a down jacket and there was a foot of snow on the ground in town (and much more in the mountains). This weekend I’m…

Everest 2012: Dispatch From Phil Henderson – Even Everest is a Small World

NOLS Rocky Mountain River Base Manager and senior field instructor Phil Henderson sent us a lovely little e-mail from his approach to Everest Base Camp as part of a North Face and National Geographic-sponsored expedition to summit Everest. Before you read his note, let’s set the stage. As one of few African Americans in the…