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6 Things You Didn’t Know About NOLS

In Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Paddling, Skiing, Water by ZoeGatesLeave a Comment

Since 1965, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has been the preeminent leader in wilderness education. Since then, NOLS has established comprehensive leadership, wilderness medicine, and risk management programs. Offering intensive backcountry expeditions across the globe, NOLS challenges students to realize their full potential as leaders and create memories of a lifetime. If you haven’t been on a NOLS course, …

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Safety Regulators are Cracking Down on Climbing, and Your Campus Wall May be Effected

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As a historically niche activity, indoor climbing has long flown under the radar when it comes to enforcement of safety regulations. Technically, climbing facility operations like route setting and wall maintenance are held to the same worker safety standards as other industries such as roofing and window washing. But the fact is, governing bodies like the Occupational Safety and Health …

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Climbing Safety Education in College Outing Clubs: Rappelling

In Climbing, Gear by Tal ShutkinLeave a Comment

Rappelling isn’t the most glamorous part of climbing, or the hardest. Despite these facts, and perhaps because of them, rappelling is one of the most dangerous aspects of climbing. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine analyzed climbing related search and rescue incidents in Boulder, Colorado between 1998 and 2011. For technical roped climbing, researchers …