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Stéphane Terrier

Stéphane Terrier
Stéphane Terrier is a four-time NOLS alumni from Switzerland, having taken his courses in Alaska and the Yukon. He recently finished a PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and is now working as a civil engineer. During his free time, he seeks adventure while hiking, climbing and skiing in the Alps. An avid photographer, many of Stéphane’s course photos have been published in NOLS publications. Follow his adventures on Instagram, @stephaneterrier and his website, sterrier.com.
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Climbing Denali, in Photos

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/24/17 9:18 AM

When I arrived at NOLS Alaska for my 2011 Brooks Range Backpacking and River course, I learned that the Denali expedition, a trip for NOLS alumni, had just returned from a successful ascent. It was easy to distinguish its members from all the other students, since they hadn’t had the chance to shower yet! That memory stayed with me not just because of the smell, but also because I was fascinated with Denali ever since I first saw the mountain during a visit to Denali National Park in 2004.

Covered with white glaciers, Denali towers incredibly high above all the other Alaska Range peaks and the surrounding green tundra. With its summit at 6,190 m/20,310 feet, it's the highest mountain of North America and one of the coldest mountains on Earth, notorious for its storms. I was instantly impressed by it.

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Topics: Live the Dream, mountaineering, Alaska, Denali

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part Two

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/29/15 8:58 AM

Editor's note: After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more. Stéphane had already built a relationship with our design department thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part One

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/28/15 8:00 AM

After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more. Stéphane had already built a relationship with our design department thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep, Backpacking, backcountry

The Engineer, His Camera and an Alaskan Love Affair: Part Two

By Stéphane Terrier on 5/31/15 2:00 AM

In this post, NOLS student Stéphane Terrier continues to tell the story of his Brooks Range Backpacking and River course through his camera. He gives us a glimpse of the small victories, like cooking a good meal; the surprises, like seeing a caribou swim a river; and the hard work that are a part of every NOLS expedition.

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking