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"Anyone who says they're not scared is a fool or a liar or both"

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 26, 2010

For the second time, NOLS Wind River Mountaineering and Baja Sea Kayaking grad Anderson Cooper is gracing the cover of Outside magazine, this time in Outside's April 2010 Adventure Issue. Anderson is one of 11 intrepid adventurers who answer the question, "Why do you do it?" That is, why do you jump into planes and head to war or disaster-torn regions and take huge risks (like going to Somalia alone with no protection or a place to stay)? The full interview can be found at Outside on-line.

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Topics: Haiti, NOLS alumni, Anderson Cooper, NOLS Grads, the Coop, Baja Sea Kayaking, NOLS Wind River Mountaineering, risks, Live the Dream, Outside Magazine, fear

Notable NOLSies for $500 Please

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 15, 2010

Next time someone points an accusatory finger at you calls you a "NOLSie," be proud! Answers to the following quiz will show that you are in good company.

Answers (and photos) are after the quiz, but don't cheat! The grand prize is the sense of satisfaction and pride that you know more than the average person about NOLS Who's Who - or maybe the realization that you have been a NOLSie for longer than you thought.

(1) She was the first woman and first American to travel over land to the South Pole AND the first woman to row across the Atlantic by herself in a plywood boat.

(2) He wrote a true story about man versus the sea that was made into a successful Hollywood blockbuster movie, and won this year's US Documentary prize at the Sundance Festival for directing a visceral
account of a year in the lives of 15 Americans fighting in

(3) He leveraged the success of his first beverage company to start changing the world, one beverage at a time, with Adina for Life (a drink company with a social conscience)

(4) He is a dapper and award-winning CNN anchor, reporter, author and television personality.

(5) He is the founder of one of the most respected environmental news web-site, which touts itself as a "beacon in the smog."

(6) She is a media magnate (hint, the founder of iVillage) whose recent marriage to another media magnate (hint, the president of Random House) was much talked about in the Big Apple

(7) He is a dishy famous actor who starred in such 80's flicks as St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and my own personal favorite, Weekend at Bernie's.

(8) She is an "Ultra Mom" who teaches for NOLS and WMI, has a 2-year-old son, and was recently clocked as the fastest woman on trail at the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile run.

(9) He is one of our newest interns in the NOLS Headquarters video department who is a hometown hero in Alexandria, where a local on-line paper published a piece about his Semester in Patagonia.

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Topics: South Pole, tori mcclure, NOLS, Adine for Life, CNN, Chip Giller, Anderson Cooper, Grist, Candice Olson, NOLSie, Rocky Raccoon, iVillage, Sebastian Junger, WMI, Perfect Storm, Liza Howard, Live the Dream, Greg Steltenpohl, Restrepo, Semester in Patagonia, Pearl in the Storm, Odwalla