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José González, Knight Campbell, & Kit DesLauriers on Their Trails To Success [Video]

By NOLS on Feb 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of José G. González

NOLS graduates are an inspiring bunch. Over the years, we’ve heard again and again that their NOLS courses impacted their trails to success.

Whether success means founding a nonprofit that empowers Latinx communities in the outdoors (José González), becoming the first person to ski the seven summits (Kit DesLauriers), or launching a company built around outdoor leadership training (Knight Campbell), NOLS courses can facilitate learning and growth along the way.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS alumni, video, Stories, #TrailsToSuccess, Alumni Accomplishments

Billycan Romance: A Lifetime Adventure

By Rich Brame on Feb 4, 2020
Photo by Nathan Page

In about 1983, two New York City bankers met at a party. There was the usual small talk, music by Culture Club, and some shop talk, too. Home loan rates were 13%; electronic games maker Coleco was a hot stock; hit movies were Flashdance and The Big Chill.

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Topics: Alumni, Wind River Wilderness, NOLS alumni, Wind River Range, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments, romance

Andrew Bobilya: Taking the Classroom Outdoors

By Brooke Ortel on Feb 20, 2019
Andrew teaches rock climbing during an “Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits” class. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bobilya.

As an undergrad studying outdoor education, Andrew Bobilya didn’t aspire to be a professor. He didn’t plan on going into academia. Like many expeditions, his career didn’t follow exactly the path he expected.

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, NOLS alumni, NOLS Grad, Baja Sea Kayaking, Kayaking, outdoor education, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments

A New Map: A NOLS Grad’s Journey to Walking Again

By Dan Kenah on Jan 14, 2019
Photo by Mireille Brown

In his 1997 Idaho Adventure Course evaluation, Jim Harris’ instructors noted that “map reading comes easily to Jim.”

He reflected on that skill recently, and how it felt like he "was given the keys to the castle. I could go anywhere on the planet" with it. But at the time he had no idea it would lead him down a path where few maps exist to show the way forward.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS alumni, Adventure Courses, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments

Why Car Camping With Kids Was Harder Than My NOLS Course

By Alyssa Walker on Sep 18, 2018
Photo by Alyssa Walker

On our last family car camping sojourn, a three-day affair two years ago, we learned that two- and four-year-olds are too young for anyone to enjoy any aspect of car camping. There were diapers. There were legions of biting insects. There was not one, but two kid backpacks. There was a frog potty. There were tantrums.

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Topics: Tolerance for Adversity, NOLS alumni, expedition behavior, kids, parenting, car camping, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments

A Colorful Partnership: NOLS Grad Teams up with Harry's

By Aleson Rietow on Feb 23, 2015

Fred R. Barncard once said, “A picture is worth ten thousand words.”

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Topics: NOLS alumni