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

By Cristina Edwards on Nov 19, 2018
Photo 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, stories, student-stories

Meeting the Real Horses of NOLS Rocky Mountain: Wilderness Horsepacking

By Austin Hardin on Feb 9, 2016


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 Dec 14, 2015

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 Jun 11, 2015

By Kimberly Germain

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