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5 Things You Already Do That Make You a Female Outdoor Leader

By Annalise Grueter on 10/19/15 8:00 AM

Backpacker magazine recently posted this piece online touching on the fact that, regardless of outdoor experience, their female readership were less likely to view themselves as leaders than their male readership, and that needs to change. We agree.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, cooking, communication, Backpacking, adventure, kayaking, Outdoors, Live the Dream, mountaineering, video, wilderness, backcountry, leadership

In Their Words: NOLS New Zealand

By Casey Adams on 5/13/14 1:35 AM

Students who turn to NOLS for their semester abroad treasure the experience. Wendy Cirko and Cory McDonald both took NOLS semesters as their semesters abroad last year. Both Spring Semester in New Zealand graduates, shared their reflections on the experience and the education with us recently, and we had to share. Learn more about upcoming semesters in New Zealand here.

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Topics: Semester abroad, listen, NOLS, leadership, academic credit, self confidence, Behind the Scenes, Semester, outdoor recreation, graduates, active learner, navigation, sailing, future, college, first aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, feedback, communication, Semester of campus, natural resource recreation management, New Zealand, university credit, risk management, Backpacking, environmental studies, kayaking, life-changing, self-awareness, perseverance, degree, outdoor education, wildlife, leave no trace, philosophy, route planning, team member, college credit, education, Salisbury University, wilderness, backcountry

Notes from the Field: Summitting or not, the work doesn’t stop

By Casey Adams on 8/29/12 4:40 AM

The last time we heard from Phil Henderson on
this blog
, he had returned to Everest base camp with a bad chest cold. He was unable
to heal quickly due to the elevation, so he descended and took over the team’s
communication.

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Topics: NOLS, outdoor industry, National Geographic, Everest Days, Everest, National Outdoor Leadership School, travel, communication, Outdoor Festival, Mountain, Educators Notebook, expedition, summit, Phil Henderson, Kathmandu, weather, festival, success, Base Camp

Introducing Nate Robbins!

By Casey Adams on 6/21/12 9:59 AM

Hey there! My name is Nate Robbins. I’m from the DMV or the D.C., Maryland, Virginia metro area. It sounds bigger than it is.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Lander, Marketing, moutaineering, D.C. Maryland, Earth Treks, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, Virginia, Public Relations, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, communication, Ecuador, Cotopaxi, University of Maryland

Faculty Summit workshop examines technology in the backcountry

By Casey Adams on 5/18/12 3:21 AM

As the final day of the second annual NOLS Faculty Summit began to wind down, the final workshops of the week imparted final insights and discussions.

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Topics: cameras, NOLS, navigation, wilderness education, workshop, technology, forum, Faculty Summit, communication, information, radios, GPS, Kindle, Educators Notebook, NOLS.TV, outdoor education, PLBs, distractions, education, wilderness, iPhone

Notes from the Field: Phil Henderson touches Camp III

By Casey Adams on 5/6/12 10:31 AM

Yes, things are very real up here. Some are unfortunate accidents; other things are risk of being in the mountains. The incident where the Sherpa fell into the crevasse was totally avoidable. I have gone through the Khumbu Icefall four times now, once completely alone. I clipped into almost every fixed rope, which are many, most so that I would not fall into a crevasse, others so that my body could be found at the next fixed anchor should anything cut loose.

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Topics: Khumbu Icefall, NOLS, decision making, avalanche, Lhotse Face, Everest, skills, communication, Sherpa, Khumbu, Live the Dream, expedition behavior, expedition, Phil Henderson, Camp I, Camp II, judgment, Nuptse