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Willy Oppenheim

Willy Oppenheim
Willy Oppenheim has been playing in the mountains all his life, and has been working in the mountains since 2009, when he began leading mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing courses for NOLS. Willy has led numerous mountaineering expeditions in the North Cascades and the Waddington Range of British Columbia, and has also worked in India’s Kumaon Himalaya and the Wind River Range of Wyoming. His personal climbing trips have brought him to locations including Ecuador, Chile, France, Morocco, and Pakistan. When he is not climbing or skiing in the mountains, Willy spends his time leading an international education non-profit, Omprakash (www.omprakash.org) and enjoys playing guitar, baking bread, running, and fly fishing.
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Recent Posts

The Places that Scare You: First Ascents on Patagonia’s Northern Icefield

By Willy Oppenheim on 2/4/19 8:38 AM

Approaching Pantragruel (left). The peak at right is Gargantua. Photo by Willy Oppenheim.
 

Months later, I still find myself wondering what brought me there, and what I brought back.

Always it is like this: from the warmth of home, the mind moves towards cold and distant lands. From known to unknown, from comfort into fear, from one set of questions towards another at once more vast and elemental. From union into aloneness, and then back again—but never to stay.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, Instructor expedition, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), mountaineering, Patagonia, story

Educator Expedition: The Good Life, Eleven Days on the Bugaboos–Rogers Pass Ski Traverse

By Willy Oppenheim on 5/4/15 12:00 AM

Our intrepid team. Left to right, Willy Oppenheim, Jake Perkinson, and Evan Miller.
 

Thanks to the generous support of the NOLS Instructor Development Fund (IDF), I recently had the privilege of completing an ambitious ski traverse in southeastern British Columbia along with two fellow NOLS instructors, Evan Miller and Jake Perkinson.

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Topics: skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, backcountry