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Business Undergrads Look to Wilderness Expeditions for Leadership Training

By Stephanie Cantu on Aug 26, 2019

Editor’s note: Dozens of candidates from undergraduate business and MBA programs across the U.S. go on wilderness expeditions with NOLS each year. Stephanie Cantu, Senior Student Program Coordinator and academic advisor for the Canfield Business Honors Program at The University of Texas, shares what she sees her students gain from these expeditions, and how they’re set up for success in the ever-changing business world.

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Topics: leadership, wilderness education, Business School, students, MBAs, wilderness, NOLS Custom Education

USNA Midshipman Turned NOLS Instructor

By Mike Titzer on May 16, 2019
 Photo by Nick Valentine

It was the second week of our course, and our hiking group of US Naval Academy Midshipmen sat on the side of an Alaskan mountain overlooking a giant herd of caribou.  

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Topics: leadership, nols instructor, Alaska, military, service academy, US Naval Academy

Learning Expedition Behavior With Kids: Winter Edition

By Alyssa Walker on Feb 28, 2019

Photo by Alyssa Walker.
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Topics: leadership, expedition behavior, winter, parenting, story

New Courses for Winter & Spring 2019

By NOLS on Nov 5, 2018


Photo by Nikole Wohlmacher.

For winter and spring 2019, we’re excited to offer two new women-only courses, backpacking in the Southwest and backcountry skiing and snowboard touring in the Tetons, and a new service expedition.

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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, expedition, all-women, new courses

Your Favorite Stories from 2017

By Molly Herber on Dec 20, 2017

The stories we tell reveal a piece of ourselves. This year, the stories you loved told of people changed by the mountains and steps to achieve goals; that busted myths and shared ways to care for each other in the wilderness, both in mind and body.

Looking at the stories you loved reading, you can see where this community’s values are: in people and the environment. We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the seven most-read stories from 2017.

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Topics: leadership, tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, first aid, Live the Dream

Learning a Helping Mindset While Camping

By Molly Herber on Oct 12, 2017

The start of a course, or any trip with new people, is usually a little bit messy. Setting up the tent just took 45 minutes and, when you finally finish, you realize that no one has started cooking dinner yet. On top of that, you don’t even have water to cook with yet.

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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, expedition behavior

Peter Metcalf: Living Big

By Casey Adams on Jun 10, 2015
Peter poses in front of Gannett Peak during his NOLS course. Photo courtesy of Peter Metcalf.
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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, mountaineering

Peter Metcalf: The Dawn

By Casey Adams on Jun 9, 2015

“It was the cool gray dawn, and there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded upon great Nature's meditation ... Gradually the cool dim gray of the morning whitened, and as gradually sounds multiplied and life manifested itself. The marvel of Nature shaking off sleep and going to work unfolded itself to the musing boy ... All Nature was wide awake and stirring, now; long lances of sunlight pierced down through the dense foliage far and near, and a few butterflies came fluttering upon the scene.”

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, mountaineering, backcountry

Four Key Leadership Roles

By Casey Adams on Jun 4, 2015
Photo by Brent Day
 

Effective leaders need a variety of skills in order to confront the challenges that come up in day-to-day life, whether that's in the office, at school, or in the wilderness.

At NOLS, we focus on developing each individual's leadership skills with Four Key Leadership Roles. Which leadership style is most comfortable for you? Which could you practice more?

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Topics: leadership, Educators Notebook, education

Educator Expedition: Skills to Paddle the Great Blue Sea

By Molly Herber on Jun 1, 2015

By Faroe Des Roches, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: leadership, NOLS sea kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor

From A Gap Year to Yahoo! Sustainability

By Karly Copeland on May 27, 2015

Chris Page is passionate about a lot of things, but when we started talking about her time as a student at NOLS Mexico, the delight in her voice was apparent.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Mexico, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Baja, Environmental Stewardship, instructor

Prevention and Self-Awareness: Medicine and Leadership Intertwine

By Tod Schimelpfenig on May 26, 2015

I once heard lightning expert Mary Ann Cooper, M.D. say that the primary risk factor in lightning danger is not the lightning itself; it's the inconvenience of risk mitigation, the unwillingness to change plans in the face of inopportune weather. I've heard altitude illness expert David Shlim, M.D. say that to prevent altitude illness, ambition and schedules must be tamed.

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Topics: leadership, wilderness medicine, WMI, backcountry

Educator Expedition: Reading the Rapids on the Colorado River [Video]

By Molly Herber on May 25, 2015
Ledges camp. Photo by Michael Dooley.
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Topics: leadership, adventure, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor, expedition, education

Weathering Storms and Riding Waves: Interview with Jim Acee (Part 1)

By Molly Herber on May 21, 2015

Jim Acee, a Pittsburgh native, took the first NOLS semester course, a Semester in the Rockies in 1974. After that, he filled various positions: a NOLS instructor in the Rockies, Baja, and Utah, scrap metal salesman, corporate marketer, professor, director of Boise State’s Center for Executive Management Development, caregiver, dancer, whitewater rafter, and more. We caught up with him to hear the stories of his adventures (and he has many) with NOLS and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Mexico, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, instructor, Live the Dream

Nepali Medics Perform in the Face of Disaster

By Molly Herber on May 18, 2015
Himalayan Medics practice spine stabilization in a scenario during their WFR course. Photo by Evan Horn, WMI instructor.
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Topics: leadership, wilderness medicine, WMI, education, backcountry