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5 Things I Learned from Going on a Paddling Expedition with My Spouse

By Ashley Drake on May 13, 2019

Going on an expedition is one thing—going with your spouse can be something else entirely. NOLS Instructor & Custom Education Operations Supervisor Ashley Drake shares how, with intentional planning and plenty of good humor, adventuring with your spouse can be some of your best time spent outdoors.

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Topics: River, inspiring women, whitewater rafting, NOLS Expeditions

Finding What Makes Others Tick on a Baja Semester

By Alison Peterson on May 8, 2019
Photo by Alison Peterson.
 

Two months into our fall semester in Baja and dinner had just ended, wrapping up a weary day of classes and cleaning the kayaks. I strolled over to my coursemate, who was writing on the beach, asking if I could join in. In waves, a few more came to join us.

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, Baja, inspiring women, story

Turnback Canyon: A NOLS instructor shares lessons from whitewater paddling the Alsek River

By Natalie Sands on Apr 9, 2019

I sit on a rocky shelf, studying the colours and rock formations of a mountain across the river that seems to stare back. The ridge below Bates Creek has bright orange scree that contrasts against the nearby grey and black rock, still scarred by the ancient glaciers lining this valley.

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Topics: whitewater, kayaking, Educators Notebook, Yukon, instructor, inspiring women, paddling, Instructor expedition

Discovering My—Slightly Strange—New Normal on a NOLS Gap Year

By Tricia Ballard on Mar 7, 2019

 

Photo by Kevin Castellanos
 

I’m normally apprehensive about opening up to people—so I was nervous when I showed up to a random bus stop three plane rides away from home for the start of my Semester in New Zealand. That day, I met nine strangers who would supposedly become my new best friends during the following 77 days in the mountains of New Zealand.

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Topics: Gap Year, inspiring women, leadership, Semester in New Zealand, story

NOLS Leaders: Tori Murden McClure

By William Roth on May 5, 2010

A boat called Pearl, Muhammad Ali, and an impressive list of firsts all feature prominently in the newest addition to our NOLS Leaders video series.

This time we sit down with Tori Murden McClure. Her accomplishments give new meaning to the word determination and will inspire you to take on the world.

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Topics: South Pole, tori mcclure, NOLS, leadership, nols leaders, ski, Live the Dream, atlantic, video, first woman, inspiring women, women in leadership

"If you can do a NOLS course, you can ski to the South Pole"

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Feb 25, 2010

"If you can do a NOLS course, you can ski to the South Pole" 

Tori Murden McClure, Author of A Pearl in the Storm (Harper Collins 2009)

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Topics: Tori Murden McClure, NOLS, leadership, Debbie Armstrong, Kelly Pyke, Reena Dharmashaktu, Candice Carpenter Olsen, Arianne Zwartjes, Michelle Murphy, Deb Armstrong, Live the Dream, Louisa Willcox, women, Catherine Stifter, ann mills, inspiring women, women in leadership