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Simple Views Teach Profound Lessons: Sunrise in the Himalaya

By Chris Pouch on 10/2/18 8:45 AM

Students en route to Camp 1 on a cold, clear morning, with Nanda Devi (middle) and Nanda Devi East (right) in the background. Photo by Chris Pouch.
 

Nanda Devi, according to the legend of villagers in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of India, was a beautiful princess. When a prince fell in love with her and asked to marry her, she refused, sending him into a rage. The prince declared war and forced Nanda Devi to flee to the mountains. She climbed to the heights of a snow-covered peak in search of refuge. When she could go no higher, she rested, looking down from the top of the world. This summit proved to be her final resting place as she merged with the mountain, leaving behind only her spirit, present in the wind and snow, and her name, which now belongs to the place that took her: Nanda Devi.

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Topics: Live the Dream, NOLS India, Himalaya, mountaineering

NOLS Instructor Expeditions of 2017

By Molly Herber on 6/6/18 9:36 AM


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: Instructor expedition, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), packrafting, leadership, kayaking, mountaineering, Himalaya, Alaska, canoeing

Must love long walks in the mountains …

By Casey Adams on 8/24/12 1:47 AM

NOLS is a diverse and fascinating community, something
reality TV star and NOLS grad Ames Brown can attest to.

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Topics: NOLS, Bachelorette, horsepacking, Tolerance for Adversity, Mexico, Himalaya, Ames Brown, love, Baja, sailing, National Outdoor Leadership School, curriculum, experiential learning, Live the Dream, mountaineering, Bachelor Pad, challenge, reality TV

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