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Reprinted from The Leader, Fall 2000, Vol. 16, No.  1

NOLS has recently published new editions to two of their leading wilderness texts. NOLS Wilderness First Aid, Third Edition, hit the streets this past summer and NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering, Second Edition, was published this fall. Both books are published by Stackpole Books in cooperation with NOLS.

NOLS Wilderness First Aid, by Tod Schimelpfenig and Linda Lindsey, was first published in 1991. At the time, the book set the standard for first aid books with a focus on outdoors medicine. That is still true today. The third edition includes chapters on leadership and communication in emergency procedures, new wilderness medicine protocols and more. It's a practical, hands-on text written in an easy-to-understand style. It is the ultimate field text for wilderness medicine.

NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering by Phil Powers, a well-known mountaineer, is also a practical, hands-on guide written in good style. The second edition has been updated to include advances in techniques, equipment and safety protocols. It is filled with common sense advice for budding and veteran climbers alike. Chapters on climbing and wilderness ethics take the book beyond the run-of-the-mill climbing book.

For more information on either of these new editions, tap into the NOLS website at or visit Stackpole Books at

Happy reading!



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