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Rich Brame

Rich Brame
Rich Brame came to NOLS in the 80's as a Fall Semester in the Rockies student and worked his first NOLS course at Wind Cave National Park in 1984. Since then, he's worked varied NOLS trips and courses on five continents—with a few more on the way. Rich does some frontcountry shenanigans for NOLS, too. He's headed up NOLS' public policy, research, LNT, Yukon programs and most recently in the Alumni Relations Department.

Recent Posts

A Rural Surprise: Utah Officials Support National Parks

By Rich Brame on Sep 25, 2019

Utah wildflowers.

Southern Utah is a land of contrasts. High peaks border deep canyons. Wide slickrock plateaus divide narrow, winding washes. Sought-after resources like coal, uranium, and natural gas lie beneath open space, wildlife habitat, and crystal skies. National parks, with their focus on visitors, are rimmed by rural communities with agricultural roots.

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Topics: Environment, stewardship, wilderness, leadership, activism

A New NOLS Experience - Llamaneering in the Wind River Range

By Rich Brame on Jul 19, 2011

Herschel and Shoshoni in the Wind River Mountains. Photo: Kary Sommers

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, Behind the Scenes, wind rivers, boy, Wyoming, mountains, llama, wilderness

NOLS NYC Grads Frolic in Vermont's White Fluff

By Rich Brame on Mar 3, 2011

NOLS expeditions tend to hook people on backcountry adventure. Not only that, our alumni also often gain the skills to get themselves, their friends and families back into the outdoors long after their course. Even grads who are now living in some of the world’s most intense urban wilderness can work together to pull off legitimate outdoor shenanigans.

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Topics: urban, snow, Alumni, NOLS, Vermont, city, ski, Live the Dream, NYC, wilderness

NOLS Heads to the Top of Africa

By Rich Brame on Feb 22, 2011

Standing at a breathtaking elevation of 19,298 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro ranks as the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Although it is not a technically challenging mountain, Kili's height and traversing route makes it a demanding climb.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Recognized as a Top Nonprofit

By Rich Brame on Feb 9, 2011


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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, human resources, outdoor, award, nonprofit, opportunity knocks, hiring, education, wilderness

NOLS Community Mourns Tucson Victims

By Rich Brame on Jan 18, 2011

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and friends of those whose lives were suddenly turned upside down on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Tucson, giffords, NASA, Live the Dream

Nolsapalooza in the Pacific Northwest

By Rich Brame on May 6, 2010

On May 1st a group of NOLS alumni, friends, supporters, staff and prospective students met at the NOLS base in Conway, Washington for a day of service projects, mini-skills classes, great food, camaraderie, and a showing of the historic film "30 Days to Survival".

The weather was mixed, but spirits were high as the intrepid team of volunteers tramped area lanes looking for trash. We pulled plenty of cans and other assorted items off the roadsides. Notable finds included a soccer and baseball!

Participants also played around on the climbing wall, reviewed NOLS' leadership curriculum, and baked up a whack of field-style pizzas.

Thanks to everyone who made our first "Nolsapalooza" in Washington such a success. Watch for similar alumni networking and reunion opportunities throughout the year. See: and see you there!

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, reunion, conway, Washington

NOLS Grad Kate Milliken's Counterpane

By Rich Brame on Dec 11, 2009

In December 2006 video producer and NOLS Wilderness Course grad Kate Milliken was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This surprising turn of events turned Kate's personal and professional life inside out as she struggled with increasing physical disability and emotional adjustment.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Louisville Alumni Hit a Home Run

By Rich Brame on Oct 27, 2009

Thanks to the hard-charging efforts NOLS Wind River Wilderness grad Ford Barr, a group of Louisville, Kentucky alumni recently got together for refreshments, snacks, a re-connection to NOLS and a brainstorm on future alumni activities.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Alumni Service Award - Yoshie Kumagae

By Rich Brame on Oct 21, 2009

Each year NOLS recognizes an outstanding graduate for their volunteer service to the school as we pursue our broad educational mission. This year's Alumni Service Award winner is Yoshie Kumagae of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

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Topics: Live the Dream

New Alumni Trip Completed: Photography & Fly Fishing

By Rich Brame on Aug 19, 2009

A band of intrepid NOLS grads and family members recently completed a new alumni trip in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains. This new trip's "focus" (pardon the pun) was on improving participants' travel photography and fly fishing skills.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Semester Grad Completes Marine Boot Camp

By Rich Brame on Jul 16, 2009

Spring Semester in the Rockies grad Peter Trausch recently returned from boot camp with the US Marines where he utilized his NOLS skills and then some during his training. Most notably was on a final test called “The Crucible,” during which recruits hiked a grueling 50 miles, throughout which their team of 20 was given obstacles to overcome together before finishing triumphantly at dawn 54 hours later.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Sox-Harris Wins Presidential Award

By Rich Brame on Jul 15, 2009

Former NOLS instructor, Alex Sox-Harris, has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work in mental health care quality with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. It’s the nation’s highest honor for beginning researchers, and Alex is one of 100 recipients to receive a grant for up to five years of research. The award honors the "pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology."

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Topics: Live the Dream

NOLS Grad Tapped for Leadership Role

By Rich Brame on Jul 1, 2009

Four-time NOLS grad, Ann Mills, recently accepted a position in the Obama Administration as USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, where she will be responsible for overseeing the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this position, Ann will oversee the agency’s land stewardship programs for privately held farm, ranch, and forestlands in the U.S. and she’ll work closely with USDA offices focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Talk about taking your NOLS leadership skills to the highest level possible!

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Topics: Live the Dream

New HQ Interns Land in Lander

By Rich Brame on Jun 17, 2009

Hey everyone, I’m Libby! I am an anthropology major at the University of Minnesota and a NOLS Baja Ocean Semester ’07 graduate. I am the new Alumni Department intern at the NOLS Headquarters in lovely Lander, Wyoming where I write for the alumni newspaper The Leader, help with alumni trip planning, bag rations for departing groups, and give alumni talks after students return from the field. I have high hopes to have another NOLS-inspired adventure next spring either by kayaking the full length of the Sea of Cortez, or doing the NOLS Year in the Sonoran course.

Hey, I’m Rachel! I am an undergrad student at Colorado College studying English and journalism. I am two-time NOLS grad. I took an Idaho Backpacking and Rafting course in 2006 and the Alaska Backpacking and Sea Kayaking course in 2007. I am the new publications intern and this summer, I will be writing for and designing the summer issue of The Leader and helping with the 2010 course catalog in addition to other smaller projects around HQ. I hope to do the NOLS Rock and River course sometime in the future.

We are just starting to settle in here in Lander and to the NOLS lifestyle. The weather is beautiful and we can’t wait to get up into the mountains. Keep a lookout for the upcoming issue of The Leader which features a delicious cheesy hushpuppies recipe contributed by a NOLS grad and tested by us!


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Topics: Behind the Scenes