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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, Events, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Just for Fun, river crossing, Mountaineering, winter, tent, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, photography

6 Lessons I Did Not Expect to Learn from NOLS

By Travis Burhart on Aug 30, 2017

Finally, I could breathe a sigh of relief. After hiking all morning, my NOLS expedition team and I finished ascending a peak in the McCall Gulch Cirque of the North Cascades Wilderness. I looked to the north, catching sight of Canada only miles away. Turning around, I observed the mountains to the south. Dense, snow-covered forests filled in the landscape, and I could not believe my team and I had traveled through that.

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Topics: tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Pacific Northwest Backpacking, Stories

Educator Expedition: Assistant Overnight Guide Course - Learning the Ways of the Ocean

By Genevieve Bartlam on Jul 22, 2016

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

For this 9 day course we explored two different areas around Vancouver Island off of the west coast of British Columbia. We spent the first 3 days working on skills base camped on the south part of Gabriola Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands then drove across Vancouver Island to the west coast and spent the next 5 days in Clayquot Sound just north of Tofino.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, education

Thanking the Wilderness for Letting Me In

By Maya Johnston on Jun 7, 2016

Photo by Adam Stoumen.

“T’is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

From the poem “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Topics: Alumni, Semester, NOLS Pacific Northwest, backcountry

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, Environment, NOLS Australia, NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS India, NOLS Scandinavia, NOLS Southwest, education, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS East Africa, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

By NOLS Blog on Jan 26, 2016

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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Topics: Leadership Skills, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, NOLS India

Educator Expedition: Washington Climbing, Back to Where It Began 

By NOLS Blog on Jan 21, 2016


Photo by Mick Pearson, KAF Adventures.
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Topics: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, backcountry

Educator Expedition: Climbing and Bike Touring in the Northwest

By NOLS Blog on Nov 25, 2015

By Sarah Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Leadership Skills, climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor

Who Moved My Wag Bag?!

By NOLS Blog on Sep 30, 2015

By Aloke Surin, a.k.a. “ADawg,” Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educator ‘02

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Topics: Leadership Skills, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Mountaineering, education

Public Lands We Love to Love

By NOLS Blog on Sep 25, 2015

National Public Lands Day takes place on the fourth Saturday in September each year. 

It's an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful public lands where we play, explore, connect with nature, and reconnect with ourselves. Plenty of people use Public Lands Day to rebuild trails at a local park, clean up trash, or do other awesome service projects.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Northeast, public lands

Terrifying and Beautiful

By Alexa Rosenthall on Sep 9, 2015

I believe the best things in life are terrifying and beautiful. This was something I thought a lot about on my most recent trip into the mountains.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, Mountaineering, education, backcountry

Educator Expedition: Entry Point to Mountaineering

By NOLS Blog on Jul 8, 2015

By: Anne Drew Potter, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, Mountaineering

Adapting to Mother Nature: Interview with an AmeriCorps & NOLS Alum

By Molly Herber on May 17, 2015

Maureen Murphy is an alumna of both NOLS and AmeriCorps, and she used her AmeriCorps award to fund her NOLS Pacific Northwest Trip Leader Seminar in the Pasayten Wilderness in 2012. She found some time between running her dog walking business and playing with her family to ask a few questions about how NOLS and AmeriCorps worked together and helped her become the successful woman she is today.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Educator Expedition: The Good Life, Eleven Days on the Bugaboos–Rogers Pass Ski Traverse

By Willy Oppenheim on May 4, 2015

Our intrepid team. Left to right, Willy Oppenheim, Jake Perkinson, and Evan Miller.

Thanks to the generous support of the NOLS Instructor Development Fund (IDF), I recently had the privilege of completing an ambitious ski traverse in southeastern British Columbia along with two fellow NOLS instructors, Evan Miller and Jake Perkinson.

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Topics: Skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, Mountaineering, backcountry

Life on the Borders

By Mike Betz on Jan 22, 2015

“Semester on the Borders students experience two very distinct and complimentary bioregions on this course: the desert Southwest and the Pacific Northwest marine environment. I can't think of another course that integrates such extremely different environments into one expedition,” said NOLS Instructor and Pacific Northwest Operations Manager John Harnetiaux.

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Topics: Semester, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Southwest