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Best of NOLS Instagram in 2018

By Caleb Walker on Dec 21, 2018

Your favorite photos of wilderness, friendship, and leadership from NOLS Instagram.

Find a little inspiration as you start dreaming of your adventures for 2019… 

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Topics: NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream, river crossing, mountaineering, winter, tent, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, photography, photos, story

New Courses for Summer 2017

By Molly Herber on Feb 21, 2017

When we decide to create a new course, it comes from a combination of our faculty’s passion for the area and constant desire for growth, and from what students say they want to see more of.

So, here’s a peek at the new courses you can take starting the summer of 2017. You can focus on service learning, explore the far north of Norway, or walk through the heart of Alaska’s Talkeetna Range.

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Topics: service, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Scandinavia

How I Became a NOLS Nerd

By Jonas Alexanderson on Jun 14, 2016

“Next year I will turn 50 years old,” I told my wife. This was 2011 and I didn’t want any presents. Instead, I wanted to travel to Alaska from my home in Sweden to sea kayak.

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Topics: Alumni, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, adventure, Live the Dream, education

How You Can Be More Sustainable Every Day

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 22, 2016

Photo by Austin D.

At NOLS, we try hard to incorporate earth-friendly practices into our work every week, every day, around the world. We try new ideas, like planting native flower seeds, and stick with the old practices that we’ve been working on for years, like repairing gear to keep it in use.

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Topics: NOLS Yukon, NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Mexico, NOLS Australia, NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Environmental Stewardship, NOLS India, NOLS Scandinavia, NOLS Southwest, education, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Teton Valley, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, NOLS East Africa, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch

Scott Briscoe on NOLS: It’s a Game Changer [Interview]

By Kim Freitas on Apr 7, 2016

Scott Briscoe was a member of Expedition Denali in June 2013, the first all African American team to attempt this climb. After returning from the expedition, several expedition members toured around the country, where they told the story of the climb.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, education, backcountry

Educator Expedition: Golden Gate Sea Kayaking

By Mike Dooley on Apr 6, 2016

NOLS instructor Mike Dooley talks about lessons from a sea kayaking leader training course in San Francisco Bay.

Where did you go for your trip and how long was it?

In February 2016 I was a participant on a British Canoe Union (BCU) 5-Star Sea Kayak Leader Training. The three-day course was located at Golden Gate, the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

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Topics: Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF)

Educator Expedition: Kiwi Boot Camp

By NOLS Blog on Mar 29, 2016
A short paddle on the Landsborough River before the rains came: Aaron Reimer, Amy Christeson, Ben Weigl, Dulkara Martig (pictured left to right). Photo courtesy of Amy Christeson.
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Topics: NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, packrafting

Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By Kate Koons on Mar 10, 2016

 

The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.

For years, I have seen the pictures, heard the stories, and dreamt of skiing in Alaska.

A number of former NOLS instructors have made their way to Alaska to guide, many of them under the guidance of Don Sharaf, who still works as a forecaster and guide for Valdez Heli Ski Guides. If you are guiding in Valdez, you’re pretty much at the top of your game.

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Topics: NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

How the Wilderness Lets Us Be Our Best Selves [Q&A]

By Shelli Johnson on Mar 4, 2016

In this post, life coach, Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime graduate, and future NOLS parent Shelli Johnson talks about how the wilderness creates opportunities to develop resilience for everyday leaders. You can read her other post on the NOLS Blog, A Leader and Parent Reflects on Her Brooks Range Course.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Alaska, Outdoors, Live the Dream, education, leadership

A Leader and Parent Reflects on Her Brooks Range Course

By Shelli Johnson on Feb 19, 2016

 NOLS graduate, parent, and life coach Shelli Johnson talks with us about growth and lessons learned from her Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime course. 

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, education, leadership

Capturing Alaska, One Photo at a Time

By Kedyn Sierra on Dec 1, 2015

I grew up in a small village engulfed by jungle—Oxkutzcab, Yucatan in Mexico. I spent half of my life there. It allowed me to interact and learn alongside turkeys, cats, chickens, piglets and many other animals in the middle of the forest. Ever since, I have kept the outdoors in my life and now with cameras, a couple SD cards, and the support of sponsors, I get to tell the stories of my adventures through still photography and documentary film.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Alaska, Alaska Sea Kayaking, Live the Dream

No Borders in the Backcountry

By Jen Pontrelli on Nov 20, 2015

“What did I get myself into?!”

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, backcountry, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education

Living History in a New-Old Home

By Molly Herber on Aug 9, 2015
Travis during her 1995 Alaska Sea Kayaking course. Photo courtesy of Emma Caulkins
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Teton Valley, leadership

Ascent to the White House [Interview]

By Molly Herber on Jul 14, 2015

 


Tyrhee and Rosemary at the White House as the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage is announced. Photo courtesy of Tyrhee Moore.
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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, mountaineering, video, leadership

The Mountain that Was Almost a Cloud

By Molly Herber on Jun 24, 2015

By: Miranda Perrone, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, backcountry