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Start Dreaming: Summer 2020 Expeditions Now Online

By NOLS on Jul 31, 2019

Camping on a summer day in the Yukon. Photo by Ari Bruns. 

Dreading the end of summer? We are too, just a little.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Adventure Courses, NOLS semester, education, announcement, classic courses

A New Map: A NOLS Grad’s Journey to Walking Again

By Dan Kenah on Jan 14, 2019


Photo by Mireille Brown.

In his 1997 Idaho Adventure Course evaluation, Jim Harris’ instructors noted that “map reading comes easily to Jim.”

He reflected on that skill recently, and how it felt like he "was given the keys to the castle. I could go anywhere on the planet" with it.

But at the time he had no idea it would lead him down a path where few maps exist to show the way forward.

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Topics: Alumni, Adventure Courses, Live the Dream, stories

From the Sears Tower to the Adirondack Mountains

By Lindsay Yost on Jun 3, 2015

16-year-old Charlie Knepper transforms from a "city boy" to a competent, confident outdoor traveler.

Feeling at home in the outdoors. Photo by Meriwether Hardie.
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Topics: Adventure Courses, Backpacking, Live the Dream, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Teton Valley