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Dream with Your Eyes Open: Women's Baja Sea Kayaking Expedition

By Jessey Jansen on Apr 15, 2019

Jessey shares rhythm and memories from the spring 2019 Women’s Baja Sea Kayaking - Prime course.

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, Baja Sea Kayaking, story, women in leadership

Andrew Bobilya: Taking the Classroom Outdoors

By Brooke Ortel on Feb 20, 2019

Andrew teaches rock climbing during an “Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits” class. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bobilya.

As an undergrad studying outdoor education, Andrew Bobilya didn’t aspire to be a professor. He didn’t plan on going into academia. Like many expeditions, his career didn’t follow exactly the path he expected.

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, NOLS alumni, NOLS Grad, Baja Sea Kayaking, Live the Dream, outdoor education

My Semester in Baja, as Told in Food and Sunsets [photo essay]

By Claire Burgeson on Jan 22, 2019

On the seventh day of my Spring Semester in Baja, we bought a goat.

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Topics: sailing, Baja Sea Kayaking, culture, Live the Dream, photos, Semester in Baja, NOLS Expeditions, story

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

By Sarah Buer on Jan 25, 2017
Photo courtesy of Tucker Cunningham.

Tell us a little about your 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 15 students and 4 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 May 22, 2015
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 Apr 8, 2010

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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 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