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The Big Picture: How I Found My Grit on a Semester in Baja

By Sarah Buer on 1/25/17 8:20 AM

Tell us a little about your NOLS course.

Three years ago as part of a gap year, I took part in a semester-long, eighty day NOLS course in Baja California.

This course consisted of fifteen students and four highly-trained instructors embarking on a 100-mile hike from San Juanico to Mulegé, a 120-nautical mile sail on the Sea of Cortez from Loreto to just about south of Puerto Agua Verde, and ending with a 250-mile sea kayaking journey from Puerto Agua Verde to a town called Tecalote. (I also received sixteen college credits for my course, ranging from wilderness first aid to Leave No Trace principles!)

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Topics: Semester, Baja, sea kayak, Baja Sea Kayaking, Live the Dream, NOLS semester, Gap Year, education, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Weathering Storms and Riding Waves: Interview with Jim Acee (Part 2)

By Molly Herber on 5/22/15 2:00 AM
Jim on his student course in the Rockies in 1974. Photo courtesy of Jim Acee.
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Topics: NOLS Mexico, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Baja Sea Kayaking, adventure, instructor, Live the Dream

NOLS Instructor's Film "Arctic Cliffhangers" Shows in Banff

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 4/8/10 5:29 AM

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Topics: Best Wildlife Film, NOLS, NOLS Yukon, Arctic Cliffhangers, Baja Sea Kayaking, Julia Scuzs, Educators Notebook, Outdoor Educator, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

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

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 3/26/10 3:48 AM


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