Nora the Explorer
The Outfit Explored
Take a look in Nora's closet, barn or beat up Bronco and this is some of what you'd find. Tough and versatile gear with a definite purpose. Most of this stuff has seen some rough circumstances. There's the search and rescue vest and rope, the empty growler, the well-worn boots and of course, the loyal and loveable dog. And each play their part.
Because of its diverse and demanding backcountry, Wallowa County - otherwise known as Nora's backyard - needs a skilled search and rescue team when the going gets tough. Nora has been on a few treacherous rescue missions - but so far, she hasn't needed to be on horseback for any of them.
After her first season in Antarctica, Nora spent time in New Zealand interning as a cheese maker at an artisan creamery. She learned how to make cow, sheep, goat, and buffalo cheeses - brie, gouda, blue, romano, chevre, wendsleydale, feta and haloumi. And she helped milk a herd of 370 does, twice a day.
A natural born writer and history buff, Nora went to college in Massachusetts because of its importance to the early development of the United States. She studied different religions, cultures and history so that she could better understand the people and world around her.
After graduating college, Nora was ready to take on a writing internship when a friend asked her for a favor. She ended up helping that friend, and it evolved into a 6-year stint. Nora became a brewer for her friend's Terminal Gravity Brewery in Enterprise, OR. She even had a vat with her name on it!
Nora preserves a fruitful harvest by canning. Here she's got peaches, meats, vegetables and jams. She also pickles vegetables, meats and eggs. An easy way to pickle? Put infused vinegar in a room temperature crock with a variety of vegetables. As they seep in the vinegar, they'll lose some of their crunch and pick up the pickled flavor.
Nora puts her clothes to the test. Daily. A couple of favorites? Her boot cut jeans in a 35" inseam, Ariat Billy Cowboy Boots - so comfortable, they never needed to be broken in, and her trusty cowboy hat, purchased in Christchurch New Zealand after her first Antarctic adventure.
As a Wilderness Outfitter, Nora uses knowledge acquired from growing up on the Wallowa mountain range, knowledge passed down from generation to generation. For drop camps, Nora packs the adventurers with their food, supplies, and tent equipment into the wilderness on horses, mules or donkeys and leaves them there until a designated pick up time. For tent camps, she's more of a tour guide, protector and even short order cook. She's the first up in the morning, looking for water or scouting the weather and the last to sleep, once everyone's settled in.
Oola, her loyal pup, has weathered Nora's adventures with and without her. Oola's a trusty trailhand, helping Nora while she packs horses or mules into the wilderness. She's also a patient protector of the homestead, staying home while Nora explores the world abroad, ready and waiting for her favorite person's safe return.
Read more about Nora in her online Duluth Woman Biography »