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Natalie Sands

Natalie Sands
Natalie is a whitewater kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and backpacking instructor for NOLS. She grew up in a small community in Canada's north and calls the Yukon home. She is passionate about plant identification, empowering introverts, and has recently (moderately successfully) taken up grouse hunting.

Recent Posts

Turnback Canyon: A NOLS Instructor Shares Lessons from Whitewater Paddling the Alsek River

By Natalie Sands on Apr 9, 2019

I sit on a rocky shelf, studying the colours and rock formations of a mountain across the river that seems to stare back. The ridge below Bates Creek has bright orange scree that contrasts against the nearby grey and black rock, still scarred by the ancient glaciers lining this valley.

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