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Looking Within, Stepping Forward

By NOLS Blog on 2/15/17 11:56 AM

NOLS was born in a time of tumult in the United States. In 1965 the Vietnam War was expanding, the Selma March paved the way for the Voting Rights Act, the Watts riots raged and Malcolm X was assassinated. NOLS was not an accident. It was a response to a void that existed.

Fifty two years later in another time of considerable division, now is a good time to reflect on our values, our purpose and our place in the world.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Instructor Expedition: A Grand Canyon Trip with Friends

By NOLS Blog on 1/16/17 12:49 PM

NOLS instructors write about paddling the Grand Canyon with family and friends.

Ribeye steaks on day eleven? This was not a NOLS course. This was a descent of the Grand Canyon, made possible by the NOLS instructor development fund—the classic journey, with all the iced sodas you can drink and rapids that might keep an oarswoman awake at night.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Educator Expedition: Kiwi Boot Camp

By NOLS Blog on 3/29/16 4:04 PM
A short paddle on the Landsborough River before the rains came: Aaron Reimer, Amy Christeson, Ben Weigl, Dulkara Martig (pictured left to right). Photo courtesy of Amy Christeson.
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Topics: education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, packrafting

Educator Expedition: Multi-pitch Climbing in Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 3/18/16 2:04 PM
Climbing the Birdland route. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Martin.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, IDF, Instructor Development Fund, instructors, NOLS Southwest

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on 3/17/16 7:56 AM
Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), instructors, leadership, NOLS Teton Valley, winter

Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By NOLS Blog on 3/10/16 10:18 AM
The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.
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Topics: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, Instructor Development Fund, leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Teton Valley

Educator Expedition: A Multimodal Loop in Texas Big Bend Country

By NOLS Blog on 2/16/16 8:57 AM
Two vehicles = amazing yardsale for switching gear. Photo by Lindsay Nohl.
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Topics: adventure, backcountry, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, NOLS Southwest, packraft

Meeting the Real Horses of NOLS Rocky Mountain: Wilderness Horsepacking

By NOLS Blog on 2/9/16 10:11 AM
From Cooper's perspective. Photo by Austin Hardin.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, horsepacking, Prime, Three Peaks Ranch

How to Make Pizza When You're Camping

By NOLS Blog on 2/5/16 11:14 AM

 

Photo by Nicholas Byrne.
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Topics: backcountry, cooking, Expedition Prep, recipe

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

By NOLS Blog on 1/26/16 9:40 AM

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership, NOLS India, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Educator Expedition: Washington Climbing, Back to Where It Began 

By NOLS Blog on 1/21/16 11:30 AM
Photo by Mick Pearson, KAF Adventures.
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Topics: backcountry, climbing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Why My Semester Group Thrived

By NOLS Blog on 1/14/16 7:44 AM

By Shannon Reiser, Outdoor Educator Semester '15

Dean squishes water out of his boots while Lucila looks on all smiles. Photo by Luke Fortezzo.

 

As I reintegrate into normal life after my NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester in the Rockies, I am frequently asked about the group of people I spent three months with. My group, cohort, squad, crew ... whatever you want to call it remained intact for the whole 90 days: no evacuations, few breaks from each other, and many tears shed when we said goodbye.

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Topics: adventure, Alumni, backcountry, leadership, Live the Dream, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Semester

Educator Expedition: A November Trip to Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 1/7/16 11:08 AM
Ready to start climbing. Photo by Hadley Warner.
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Topics: climbing, education, Educators Notebook, Instructor Development Fund, instructors, leadership

Educator Expedition: Mountaineering in Ecuador

By NOLS Blog on 1/4/16 6:53 AM

By Travis Magaluk, NOLS instructor

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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, leadership, mountaineering

Educator Expedition: Horsepacking through the Gros Ventre and Wind River Mountains of Wyoming

By NOLS Blog on 12/14/15 8:38 AM

By Kelsey Wicks, NOLS backpacking and horsepacking instructor

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Topics: backcountry, Educators Notebook, horsepacking, instructor, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Three Peaks Ranch