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Wilderness and Identity: Q&A with NOLS LGBTQ+ Canyonlands Backpacking Grad

By NOLS on Jan 27, 2020

Exploring the out-of-this-world views of Utah on NOLS' first LGBTQ+ Backpacking Expedition. Photo by Emi Birch.
 
Mat is the Summer Program Manager at Summer Search—a nonprofit that empowers young people who face systemic oppression by providing a unique combination of social-emotional mentoring, post-secondary advising, and summer leadership experiences—such as a custom course hosted by NOLS. He has directed a summer camp that taught peace, social justice, and environmental stewardship. He has also engaged high school students in community service and led service trips to developing countries. 
 
Mat and his husband were part of a group of nine students that completed NOLS’ first LGBTQ+ expedition into the canyonlands of Utah. We caught up with Mat after his course to learn more about his experience.

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Topics: backpacking, hiking, adventure, canyoneering, LGBTQ, q&a, affinity, stories

How to Pack Your Backpack

By Molly Herber on May 23, 2018
Photo by Nadine Lehner
 

The first time I tried to pack a backpack, it took me over an hour to get everything inside. The result was a chunky, clunky pile that rose at least six inches over my head. It wasn’t pretty, but everything was inside.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, camping, Backpacking, backpacking, hiking, adventure

10 Things That Will Happen to You in the Backcountry

By Shelby Cranshaw on Sep 22, 2016

1. You will remember songs that you have not heard in forever.

2. But, you will only remember one or two lines of those songs and will have to sing them over and over again, or combine them all into one new song.

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Topics: backpacking, hiking, adventure