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6 Lessons I Did Not Expect to Learn from NOLS

By Travis Burhart on 8/30/17 8:47 AM

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: Live the Dream, NOLS Pacific Northwest

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

By Genevieve Bartlam on 7/22/16 9:55 AM

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: education, Educators Notebook, leadership, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Sea Kayaking

Thanking the Wilderness for Letting Me In

By Maya Johnston on 6/7/16 9:12 AM

To family and friends alike (and to the other people who care to read my rambling with the hope that I might, just might go into detail about how long my armpit hair is, or how many times I had to poop in a bag over the course of two and a half months):

I am writing from the train as I think about the past 80 days.

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Topics: Alumni, backcountry, Live the Dream, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Semester

How You Can Be More Sustainable Every Day

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/22/16 8:34 AM

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

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

By NOLS Blog on 1/26/16 9:40 AM

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership, NOLS India, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Educator Expedition: Washington Climbing, Back to Where It Began 

By NOLS Blog on 1/21/16 11:30 AM
Photo by Mick Pearson, KAF Adventures.
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Topics: backcountry, climbing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Educator Expedition: Climbing and Bike Touring in the Northwest

By NOLS Blog on 11/25/15 9:36 AM

By Sarah Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: adventure, climbing, Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Who Moved My Wag Bag?!

By NOLS Blog on 9/30/15 8:00 AM

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

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Topics: education, leadership, Live the Dream, mountaineering, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Public Lands We Love to Love

By NOLS Blog on 9/25/15 10:53 AM

September 26 is National Public Lands Day. That means we get to appreciate 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: backcountry, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Southwest

Terrifying and Beautiful

By Alexa Rosenthall on 9/9/15 8:25 AM

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: adventure, backcountry, climbing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership, mountaineering, NOLS Pacific Northwest

Educator Expedition: Entry Point to Mountaineering

By NOLS Blog on 7/8/15 8:00 AM

By: Anne Drew Potter, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Alumni, climbing, Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership, mountaineering, NOLS Pacific Northwest

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

By Molly Herber on 5/17/15 3:00 AM

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, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream

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

By Molly Herber on 5/4/15 12:00 AM

By Willy Oppenheim, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, backcountry

Life on the Borders

By Mike Betz on 1/22/15 6:25 AM

“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: Behind the Scenes, Semester, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Southwest

Facility Efficiency Improvements at NOLS Pacific Northwest

By Becca Sage on 1/16/15 6:12 AM

When it comes to sustainability, every little bit counts. Even a toilet. When Karly Copeland, NOLS Sustainability Coordinator, made a call to NOLS Pacific Northwest to do an annual facility efficiency audit, toilets came up a lot. As it turns out, there is a lot that goes into sustainably updating a facility. Everything from appliances, light bulbs, and pipes, to weather stripping, sink fixtures and toilets must be taken into account. Some fixes are simple while others require much more attention, planning and funding.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Pacific Northwest