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Climbing Denali, in Photos

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/24/17 9:18 AM

When I arrived at NOLS Alaska for my 2011 Brooks Range Backpacking and River course, I learned that the Denali expedition, a trip for NOLS alumni, had just returned from a successful ascent. It was easy to distinguish its members from all the other students, since they hadn’t had the chance to shower yet! That memory stayed with me not just because of the smell, but also because I was fascinated with Denali ever since I first saw the mountain during a visit to Denali National Park in 2004.

Covered with white glaciers, Denali towers incredibly high above all the other Alaska Range peaks and the surrounding green tundra. With its summit at 6,190 m/20,310 feet, it's the highest mountain of North America and one of the coldest mountains on Earth, notorious for its storms. I was instantly impressed by it.

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Topics: Live the Dream, mountaineering, Alaska, Denali

Expedition Denali Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Feature Film

By Casey Adams on 4/11/13 5:24 AM

This June, nine mountaineers will attempt to become the first all-African-American expedition
to climb Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley) in Alaska. This team’s goals go far
beyond summiting North America’s highest peak and making history. Their
ultimate objective is to inspire people of all colors, young and old, to get
more engaged in the great outdoors.

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Topics: inspire, nature, Behind the Scenes, NOLS course, first, Expedition Denali, African American, media, feature-length film, tax-deductible, film, role models, history, youth of color, Outdoors, Mount McKinley, summit, race, video, Alaska, prizes, Kickstarter, Diversity, Denali, documentary

Expedition Denali stories inspire in Lander and beyond

By Casey Adams on 3/4/13 5:39 AM

Last week, the Expedition Denali team traveled to Lander,
Wyo., where they spent a day at NOLS Headquarters for their final gathering
before they attempt to summit Denali in June. As part of this visit, they held
a forum for local NOLS staff in which they shared their motivations, fears, and expectations for joining Expedition Denali. Each brought his or her own story to the team, creating a strong, diverse group that will be able to impact the lives of a variety of children across the nation.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Seattle, Adina Scott, Expedition Denali, Ryan Mitchell, National Outdoor Leadership School, active, adventure, youth of color, Outdoors, youth, Tyrhee Moore, expedition, climb, summer camp, Pacific Northwest, D.C. Philadelphia, Denali, wilderness

Expedition Denali: Team in Training

By Casey Adams on 10/8/12 6:04 AM

After a summer of training hard in Washington's Cascade Range, British
Columbia's Waddington Range, and Alaska's Chugach Range, the Expedition
Denali
team is poised to embark on their journey to Denali in June 2013.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Waddington Range, team, Expedition Denali, Mt. Baker, black, Cugach Range, African American, National Outdoor Leadership School, Cascade Range, Outdoors, British Columbia, Alaska, Denali, Washington

From our history into the future, together

By Casey Adams on 7/11/12 4:01 AM

NOLS’ and Skander Spies’ histories have weaved through one another extensively over the past five years.

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Topics: Missoula, responsible, NOLS, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, LEED, Serious, American made, wilderness medicine, Northwestern University, Energetechs, windows, Live the Dream, energy efficiency, Alaska, sustainability, Montana, Denali

Dream Expedition Video Contest: Sharing A Few Videos - Part 1

By William Roth on 9/24/10 6:35 AM

We have seen more and more videos start rolling in for our the NOLS Dream Expedition Video Contest, with a surge of entries coming in over the last few weeks. They range from the simple and straightforward to wild stop-motion animation techniques, with dreams about hiking the Appalachian Trail, summiting far-off peaks, high altitude tight-rope walking, trekking to remote Africa to give medical aid, and more.

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Topics: NOLS, dream expedition, Behind the Scenes, Patagonia, cassin ridge, appalachian trail, video, lleif ericson, stop motion, Denali

Instructor Q&A with Evan Horn

By William Roth on 5/10/10 4:35 AM
Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
I started by going on weekend outdoor trips with my middle school. By the time I was in high school, I was a trip leader for weekend backpacking trips for middle schoolers. It was a great opportunity to learn to lead when I was young! Then I led trips for the outing club at my college, and finally worked a little bit of wilderness therapy.
 
What is your favorite class to teach?
I love teaching any class that I can make into an activity! I like to teach by doing, and I am most engaged when I can find ways to involve my students in the class.
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Topics: NOLS, packraft, leadership, fresh fruit, course, veggies, answer, evan horn, outing club, wilderness therapy, Educators Notebook, instructor, question, education, Denali

Everest Climber & NOLS Alum Anne Parmenter to Give Talk at Vassar College on Monday

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 2/11/10 2:22 AM

If you are anywhere near Poughkeepsie, New York on Monday, February 15, 2010 (and you have snow tires, an all-wheel-drive, or some skis and a craving for some exercise), trudge over to Vassar College.

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Topics: leadership, Mont Blanc, Himalayas, Rocky Mountain Instructor Course, McKinley, NOLS Grad, Ama Dablam, Everest, Anne Parmenter, Parmenter, Aconcagua, Cotopaxi, Live the Dream, Dynamics, teamwork, NOLS Alum, Denali, Rocky Mountain IC