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Team WYO's Katie Everson reflects on Cowboy Tough Race

By NOLS on Jul 30, 2013

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 Jul 22, 2013

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 Mar 22, 2013

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 Dec 5, 2012

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 Nov 27, 2012
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 Aug 24, 2012

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 Feb 27, 2012

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 Feb 21, 2012

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 Dec 9, 2011

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 Oct 20, 2011

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 Sep 24, 2011

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 Sep 24, 2011

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 Sep 8, 2011

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 Aug 15, 2011

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 Aug 11, 2011

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