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3 Months in the Rockies to 30 Countries in a Year: How a NOLS Alum Went Worldwide

By Erica Levine Weber on 8/18/16 9:46 AM

My choice of going on a NOLS Semester in the Rockies was as absurd as traveling to 30 countries with a baby before their first birthday. Apparently, I have a flare for the ridiculous!

I had never been canyoneering, kayaking, rock climbing, ridden a horse, or even camped before. Now, add to that dumbfounded look you're starting to picture, a 17 year old girl who was still mastering a command of her limbs (think a few clicks past klutzy), and not exactly an Olympic athlete. I'm pretty sure my parents cried when they dropped me off at the airport, not because they'd miss me, but because they weren't totally confident I'd survive.

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Topics: Alumni, travel, Family, adventure, Live the Dream, education, leadership

A NOLS Thanksgiving!

By Nate Robbins on 12/5/12 2:49 AM

This Thanksgiving I was able to
visit the Indian Creek climbing area in Utah. This was my first time spending Thanksgiving
away from my family. Instead of my
immediate family, this year I spent Thanksgiving with the NOLS family. I drove down with fellow NOLS intern
Mike Nerby and a mutual friend, Braden Herbst, to meet up with some other
NOLSies in Indian Creek. We met
with Training Manager Evan Horn, Research Projects Manager Mandy Pohja, and
Curriculum Publications Manager Adam Swisher our first days there. We shared gear, belays, and advice
about crack climbing. It was cool
to bring interns, instructors and people not affiliated with NOLS in our big
campsite. Upon his departure, Evan
generously lent Mike, Braden, and I his 36-piece rack of protection! Now we
could climb anything in the Creek!

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Topics: NOLS, Crack Climbing, Indian Creek, Intern, Family, community, Live the Dream, Thanksgiving