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Northern Absorption: Backpacking & Canoeing in the Yukon

By Katie Raymond on Mar 9, 2020
Photo by Ari Bruns

We rounded the last bend in the river and I could finally see our campsite. The sun had broken through the clouds and a bald eagle flew overhead, not more than 30 feet away. I looked at Sarah. Relief was in her eyes.

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Topics: Canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Backpacking, Yukon, whitewater canoeing, Stories, Locations

Taking a NOLS River Expedition

By Rob Motley on Jun 5, 2019
Photo by Austin Danicic

“It’s impossible to be bored running a rapid,”according to Fabio Oliveira.

He would know. Despite spending 289 weeks in the field as NOLS instructor, he’s never gotten tired of leading river expeditions. A long-time instructor from Brazil, Fabio has spent the last five years primarily teaching whitewater courses that are full of rapids, cheering, and giggling.

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Topics: Canoeing, whitewater, Skills, Kayaking, River, education, whitewater rafting, NOLS Expeditions

NOLS Instructor Expeditions of 2017

By Molly Herber on Jun 6, 2018
Photo by Eric Page.

How do you become a better educator? There’s no one best answer, but continuing to be a learner yourself is certainly up there.

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Topics: Canoeing, Himalaya, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Alaska, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), packrafting, Instructor expedition, Stories, Instructor Stories

Growing Confidence through Solo Canoeing

By Rumi Kodama on Jun 14, 2017
Photo courtesy of Rumi Kodama

Editor’s note: Instructor Rumi Kodama takes us inside the connection between person and paddle as she develops her whitewater canoeing skills.

Knowing and understanding a canoe stroke goes much deeper than the movement of the paddle. It’s all about the interplay between the paddle, the canoe, and the movement of the water.

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Topics: Canoeing, whitewater, Skills, nols instructor, inspiring women, whitewater canoeing, women in leadership, Stories, Instructor Stories

Educating the Educators: Instructor Development with the American Canoe Association

By Justin Kleberg on Nov 23, 2015

Instructor development workshops are a cornerstone of the American Canoe Association. Each fall, Mike Mather of Mather Rescue hosts an annual swiftwater instructor workshop in collaboration with ZOAR Outdoors and the ACA on the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Having obtained training from several individuals who dramatically impact the swiftwater rescue world, I was eager to study under Mike's tutelage.

Dropping into Tunnel, Gore Canyon on the Colorado River. Photo by Adam Mayo.
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Topics: Leadership Skills, Canoeing, National Outdoor Leadership School, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, Instructor Development Fund (IDF)

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part Two

By Stéphane Terrier on Oct 29, 2015

Editor's note: After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more. Stéphane had already built a relationship with our design department thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, Canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part One

By Stéphane Terrier on Oct 28, 2015

After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more.

Stéphane had already built a relationship with NOLS thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, Canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep, Backpacking, backcountry, photography, Stories

Who Needs a Hat? A Lesson from My Australian Adventure

By NOLS Blog on Oct 26, 2015

 

Hats provide shade during mapreading. Photo by Brian Hensien.
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Topics: Alumni, Canoeing, NOLS Australia, Backpacking, adventure, culture

Exploring Alaska's Brooks Range with My Camera

By Alex Phillips on May 29, 2015

Editor's note: Some students write journals in the field, while others bring sketch pads. NOLS student Stéphane Terrier, however, chooses to go with a slightly heavier medium to record his memories from the field: a DSLR with two lenses. While we typically discourage students from bringing more gear into the field, Stéphane, a PhD student from Switzerland, was adamant that his camera was an essential item. 

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Topics: Alumni, Canoeing, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, backcountry