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How to Take the Mountains Home: A Gateway Scholar Reflects on Horsepacking

By Cristina Edwards on 11/19/18 7:40 AM


Picture captured by Eve Cinquino.

Before Rebeca Espinosa set off on her Wilderness Horsepacking course, she wasn’t sure she’d be challenged on the 21-day expedition. With horses carrying all the gear, and students and instructors riding on horseback, it was hard to see what about the course could be difficult.

At 5:45 a.m. the next day, it became clearer. 

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Topics: horsepacking, scholarship, Live the Dream, Gateway Partner, Gateway Scholar, story

Meeting the Real Horses of NOLS Rocky Mountain: Wilderness Horsepacking

By Austin Hardin on 2/9/16 10:11 AM

 

From Cooper's perspective. Photo by Austin Hardin.


There were several reasons I picked a horsepacking course with NOLS. I had first considered backpacking, but after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail several years ago with a pack weight of 35 pounds or less, I knew I wasn’t up for the rigors of carrying 40% or more of my body weight on a traditional backpacking course. I also had an AmeriCorps award that would cover part of the course tuition that I needed to use before it expired. I’d never been to Wyoming, and I always enjoy exploring new places, but the biggest draw was the opportunity to experience the backcountry with horses.

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Topics: Alumni, horsepacking, Behind the Scenes, Three Peaks Ranch, Prime

Educator Expedition: Horsepacking through the Gros Ventre and Wind River Mountains of Wyoming

By NOLS Blog on 12/14/15 8:38 AM

By Kelsey Wicks, NOLS backpacking and horsepacking instructor

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Topics: horsepacking, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Three Peaks Ranch, Educators Notebook, instructor, backcountry

Beyond My City Life: Horsepacking in the Rockies

By Molly Herber on 6/11/15 8:00 AM

By Kimberly Germain

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Topics: Alumni, horsepacking, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, leadership

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