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A Thorn In My Side for 39 Years (Part One)

By NOLS on 7/14/14 7:03 AM

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of The Leader

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Topics: Live the Dream

Overcoming Uncertainty: On and off the Battlefield

By NOLS on 6/12/14 3:29 AM

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of The Leader

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Topics: Live the Dream

The Journeys School Journeys to Wyss Campus

By NOLS on 6/5/14 5:13 AM

What does environmental sustainability have to do with social justice? How does a nonprofit like NOLS contribute to the economic base of small town like Lander? Who decides whether land is best used for ranching, hiking, or snowmobiling?

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Water World - Lynn Petzold's 9 Favorite Backcountry Locales

By NOLS on 9/12/13 7:51 AM

NOLS Senior Field Instructor and Professional Training Account Manager, Lynn Petzold is no stranger to stunning and captivating backcountry locales. Working NOLS courses in Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, British Columbia, and the U.S. and living in Bolivia and Spain has given her access to so many beautiful spots, it came as a real surprise when she agreed to whittle down her favorite spots to just nine. While she has experienced some of these places as an instructor on NOLS courses, there are a few that she has pursued on her own accord. Here they are, in no particular order...

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Topics: Live the Dream, instructors

Team WYO's Katie Everson reflects on Cowboy Tough Race

By NOLS on 7/30/13 2:31 AM

Race morning was full of excitement and nerves. We woke up
at 4:45 a.m. and drove from Casper to Curt Gowdy State Park where the race
began. We fueled up with bagels and coffee and slept for a few more hours along
the way. We were the first of the competitors to arrive, thanks to our
“personal chauffeur.”

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Topics: Alumni, Live the Dream

Two NOLS Employees prove to be "Cowboy Tough"

By NOLS on 7/22/13 5:44 AM

Sore muscles and vivid memories are the only things that remain after NOLS employees, Katie Everson and Adam Swisher completed the Cameco Cowboy Tough race yesterday in Casper, WY. Finishing 4th in their category and 17th overall, Everson and Swisher jogged through the finish line with wet clothes and vibrant grins. For three and a half days, they ran, biked, canoed, rappelled and floated sections of a ~400 mile course that challenged some of the most experienced adventure racers around the country. The Casper Star-Tribune followed their progress throughout the race and published a great recap of the event entitled, Cowboy Tough: Three days on the trail with Wyoming's two adventure racing teams. The main photo of the story shows the pair hiking through a barren landscape holding zebra-print "parasols" over their heads for sun protection.

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Topics: Alumni, Live the Dream

Watch the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus video

By NOLS on 3/22/13 9:42 AM


Completed in the fall of 2012, the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus provides classrooms, practice fields, residences and dining facilities for WMI students and instructors. With over twenty years of experience, we know what attributes a state of the art wilderness medicine facility should have, and ours is specifically crafted to aid in the delivery of the very best wilderness medicine training.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

Saag with Tofu - The NOLS Cooking Show

By NOLS on 12/5/12 8:08 AM

Submitted by Geoffrey Journeay-Kaler, NOLS Rocky Mountain
Intern

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Educators Notebook

REI joins Expedition Denali

By NOLS on 11/27/12 7:59 AM
REI is a proud sponsor of Expedition Denali - stay tuned for more details in 2013!
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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Year in Patagonia - Student Interviews

By NOLS on 8/24/12 3:28 AM

NOLS Patagonia Equipment Assistant Nathan Fry talked with grads from the 2011/2012 Year in Patagonia about their experience. Check out the video he put together:

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Topics: NOLS Patagonia, Expedition Prep

Instructor Q&A with Edmilson Fonseca

By NOLS on 2/27/12 10:01 AM

Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
Back in 1996 when I first started teaching rock climbing, navigation and leadership to a local outdoor store, in the Northeast of Brazil where I live. Then I took the Outdoor Educators course at OBB Outward Bound Brazil in 2005. It was a really good experience for myself.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors

Come to NOLS Mexico!

By NOLS on 2/21/12 3:15 AM

Imagine a land of stark contrasts: ocean and desert, cactus and pine, teeming seas and sparse shores. This is the Baja Peninsula, a land of unique wilderness opportunity. NOLS Mexico is the home of our ocean-based programs where you can learn how to sea kayak and sail as well as backpack.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Mexico

Be More Avy Savvy

By NOLS on 12/9/11 9:52 AM

Buy the Right Beacon for the Job, and Practice!
By Jaime Musnicki, NOLS Instructor
(Originally posted in The Leader, Fall 2010)

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Topics: Educators Notebook

A Little NOLStalgia

By NOLS on 10/20/11 10:02 AM

These photos were taken on a course in the Wind River Range in 1971. Thanks to Kathy F. for allowing us to post them. Click here or on the images to see more photos from the course.

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Topics: Live the Dream

NOLS Grieves Thomas Plotkin Tragedy

By NOLS on 9/24/11 3:30 PM

The NOLS community is saddened to share the tragic news that Thomas Plotkin, a student on a Semester in India course, is lost and presumed dead.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes