Get to Know NOLS Rocky Mountain

Posted by: Casey Adams on 4/11/14 6:44 AM

At the helm of NOLS Rocky Mountain is Gary Cukjati. Learn about why he loves all he can offer students from just one location:

Christensen_20120516_img_7254If you had one sentence to describe your staff, you would say:

NOLS Rocky Mountain staff are dedicated to helping each student have to opportunity for a life-changing experience in the backcountry.

How long have you been NOLS Rocky Mountain Branch Director?

7 years.

What is your background with NOLS? Or how did it all begin for you?

I was a Fall Semester in the Rockies student in 1982. I realized that being in the Wilderness was simply a wonderful experience and came back to work for NOLS in 1986.

What is your favorite aspect of running courses in your part of the world?

I know the landscape of the Rocky Mountains and the Canyons of Utah are simply stunning classrooms, which affords each student to have the opportunity of a positive, life-changing experience.

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What unique or particularly appealing aspect of this branch do you think potential students should know about?

There was a reason that Paul Petzoldt chose the Wind River Mountains to start NOLS. He had traveled the world and settled here in Wyoming because he knew how special of a place it truly was.

What would you say most surprises students when they arrive or during their course in the Rockies?

I believe most are surprised by the open spaces both in and around the mountains and hence the overall scarcity of people.

Casey worked as a writer and PR specialist for NOLS.