Submitted by Geoffrey Journeay-Kaler, NOLS Rocky Mountain
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.
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.Read More
When NOLS Executive Director John Gans told me over the phone one of our students had slipped from a well-traveled path in India, I heard in his words a margin of hope. But something behind his words told me he was visiting the darkest abyss that any parent, teacher, or person of leadership can face. I heard the pain in John’s voice say, “We have lost one of our own.”Read More
Topics: Behind the Scenes
As part of the Semester in India, all students spend ten days in a village home stay high in the Himalayas. For this semester section, we partner with Malika Virdi and her company Himal Prakriti to support student environmental and cultural learning. The good work Malika is doing in rural Himalayn villages was recently profiled by the Times of India.Read More
Topics: Expedition Prep
Those of us that get to live here in Lander, Wyoming often claim that our town is an incredible place to live. It’s nice to have those claims validated in the September issue of Climbing magazine. Lander is listed as one of the top 5 towns to live in as a climber, and we can’t help but agree.Read More
When it comes to hearing about how courses are going, no news is good news... but good news is great! Kumari Ratnayake, a student on a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator course sent this letter out from a food re-ration to us here at NOLS HQ.Read More