How to Prevent Hypothermia in Cold Climates

Navigating rugged terrain isn't the only challenge when venturing into the mountains—long periods of cold temperatures and unpredictable mountain weather can pose dangers for the unprepared. Photo by Kyle Duba For anyone who recreates outdoors, understanding...

What to Do About Snakebites

Editor’s Note: This case study was updated in 2024 to include more information about snakebites. You are sampling some of the north facing overhanging limestone outside the famed Sinks Canyon climbing area in Wyoming. While...

Cardiac Arrest at the Crag

While walking a trail to a local rock climbing area you notice a person in the group just ahead collapse. Quickly, someone is kneeling at the patient’s side, fingers on the carotid pulse while...

Wilderness First Aid vs. Wilderness First Responder

So you want to get wilderness medicine training.The two most common wilderness medicine courses are Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  Since you’ll be investing both your time and money in...

Case Study: Falling Through the Ice

Editor’s Note: This case study is based on a real-life incident from the early 1980’s. This study was updated in 2024 to include more information about treating hypothermia. You and three friends are on an...

Backcountry Splitboarding Gear, Techniques, and Training

Imagine the gravity-defying thrill of shredding down slopes on a snowboard combined with the versatility and uphill mobility of skiing. With a splitboard, backcountry travelers can carve through untouched powder on descents and climb...

Snowboarding for Beginners: Tips, Terms, and Techniques

Whether clipping into a board for the first time or getting ready to embark on your first backcountry expedition with NOLS, having a solid foundation of snowboard basics can benefit even the most experienced...

‘Society of the Snow’ and Roberto Canessa’s Life-Changing Experience

NOLS had the opportunity to chat with Roberto Canessa, one of the survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1978. Netflix released a movie, Society of the Snow, about the crash, its impacts on...

Sea Kayak Self-Rescue Techniques – NOLS

One crucial skill every sea kayaker needs to develop is the ability to perform a self-rescue. While kayaking in high-risk conditions should be avoided whenever possible, knowing a variety of self-rescue techniques in case...

Alumni Trips: Welcome Celia Ripple!

Celia Ripple recently joined the NOLS Alumni Trips team to help with program growth, customer service, and all things Alumni Trips. I am very excited that she has joined the office in Lander, WY...