5 Reasons to Take a NOLS WFR Course

You might have noticed that it's been a little bit slow around here lately. This book can be blamed. I just spent 10 days knee deep in the NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. Al spent the weekend doing his WFR recertification. The 10 days cost us a whole lot of money ( $699.00 for the WFR course + $235.00 for the recert + a babysitter ) and a whole lot of time (80 hours for the WFR + 24 hours for the recert). But,  I can say that every single penny was worth it. Here's why. The instruction was incredible. The…

Hiking in Bear Country

On the trails we're obsessed with finding bear scat.  Bears are amazing animals that we hope to see from a safe distance when we're out on the trails and not in a surprising up close way. A few days ago I stumbled upon a talk given by bear expert Dr. Tom Smith at the 2012 NOLS Faculty Summit.  I was intrigued, it was fascinating.  He dispelled many common bear myths and ended the presentation with some good old fashioned bear spray fun. If you're looking for a good Saturday night date, cuddle up with the love of your life, pop…