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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

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

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

"An MBA from Nature"

By Kate Straney on 4/21/11 10:50 AM

NOLS Executive Director John Gans discusses how expedition leadership transfers from the tent group to the boardroom this week on the Harvard Business Review blog. Several NOLS grads have commented on it, including the founder of Nantucket Nectars and an IBM executive.

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Topics: leadership, team, business, Harvard Business Review, HBR, Educators Notebook, boardroom, expedition, leader, NOLS Professional Training

Biking, Climbing, Running, and Trekking Their Way To A NOLS Course

By William Roth on 7/12/10 10:14 AM

We made a few example videos to help folks understand what we're hoping people will submit for the Dream Expedition Video Contest. Check out Paul and Pearson's Dream Expedition videos below.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, creative, pearson smith, competition, paul ronto, dream, expedition, video, contest

Reena Dharmshaktu - First Indian Woman to Ski to South Pole

By William Roth on 1/12/10 7:41 AM

When Reena isn't teaching students on NOLS courses in the Himalayas, she is achieving other fantastic dreams, like becoming the first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole.

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Topics: South Pole, NOLS, Himalaya, India, woman, ski, Live the Dream, expedition

Know Your Knots - The Trucker's Hitch

By NOLS on 11/11/09 8:38 AM

The trucker's hitch is a great thing to have in your quiver of tricks. It's often the first knot we teach students on NOLS courses to use for pitching a tent. It is simple to tie, easy to adjust, and easy to
untie.

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Topics: NOLS, survival, knots, Educators Notebook, expedition, education, wilderness