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Kyle Courtaway

Kyle Courtaway
Kyle Courtaway is a partner at NinthEdge Inc., a leadership development firm based in Chicago, IL. He’s a graduate of the Yukon Outdoor Educator Backpacking and River in 2001 and Pacific Northwest Mountaineering in 2003 as well as four alumni trips. Little did he know that it would all just be training to keep up with his 6-year-old son, Elijah.

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Help Your Friends Love NOLS Alumni Trips

By Kyle Courtaway on 11/29/18 5:02 PM


Photo courtesy of Kyle Courtaway.

I’m looking down the long dinner table at a rifugio (mountain hut) in the Dolomites with my childhood friends mixed with new NOLS friends. As I sit, I'm reflecting on what it took to get my friends here. We're happy, enjoying our time together in these Italian mountains. 

Contrast that with a moment earlier that day: Our hiking group took a break and I spied one of my childhood friends lying prone on his back, giving me two thumbs up. But I was worrying that he was questioning his decision to go on this trip.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Alumni, Alumni Trip, Italy