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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: NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, packrafting

Where Should You Take Your Gap Year? [Quiz]

By NOLS Blog on 3/21/16 8:40 AM

You’re ready to spend some time exploring before heading to college—but where should you go?

Take the quiz and find out!

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, adventure, Gap Year, education, quiz

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, instructors, NOLS Southwest, IDF, Instructor Development Fund

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: Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

What Organizations Should Know about Risk Management

By NOLS Blog on 3/16/16 9:06 AM

 NOLS Risk Management Services helps organizations working in remote settings identify and manage risks so they can improve their programs and reach their full potential.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, leadership, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

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: NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

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: packraft, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, NOLS Southwest, backcountry

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, horsepacking, Behind the Scenes, Three Peaks Ranch, Prime

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: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

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

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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

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: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry

Why My Semester Group Thrived

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

By Shannon Reiser, Outdoor Educator Semester '15

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

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, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, Instructor Development Fund, leadership