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Saag with Tofu - The NOLS Cooking Show

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

Submitted by Geoffrey Journeay-Kaler, NOLS Rocky Mountain

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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

Mourning the Loss of One of Our Own

By NOLS on 9/24/11 3:29 PM

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.”

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Transforming lives in the hills

By NOLS on 9/8/11 4:02 AM

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.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Lander, Wyoming Ranked #2 Top Town for Climbers

By NOLS on 8/15/11 9:41 AM

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.

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Topics: Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, Lander, wild iris, climbing, Wyoming, climbing magazine, climb

Grad to Attempt Speed Record of Pacific Crest Trail

By NOLS on 8/11/11 3:40 AM

2007 Waddington Range Mountaineering grad Sam Fox will embark on a great challenge this fall as he attempts to break the speed record of the Pacific Crest Trail."To do it he will need to finish in 60 days, covering an average of 44 miles each day."

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Topics: Live the Dream

A Message from Tori Murden McClure, NOLS Board Chair

By NOLS on 7/26/11 12:08 PM

On Saturday evening, a group of seven NOLS students on an Alaska backpacking course, was attacked by a brown bear while hiking up a small creek in the remote Talkeetna Mountains. Four of the students suffered injuries as a result of the attack.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Alaska Bear Incident Update

By NOLS on 7/24/11 6:35 AM
Original Post: 11:00 a.m. 7/24/11
UPDATE 7/27/11, 8:00 a.m.


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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Hello from the Backcountry!

By NOLS on 7/7/11 3:36 AM

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.

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Topics: letter, NOLS, Patagonia, Expedition Prep, video contest, rocky mountains, pictures, Kumari Ratnayake, hello, Outdoor Educator, drawing, journal, backcountry