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Remote and Unyielding

By Cole Medders on 9/16/15 8:58 AM
Standing at the top of Goose Neck Glacier. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.
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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, climbing, adventure, Live the Dream, mountaineering

There and Back Again: An Intern's Tale

By Cole Medders on 8/31/15 11:15 AM

To the Wilderness

21 years old, working part time jobs, unsure about finishing school, and in desperate need of an adventure ... that's exactly where I found myself a little over a year ago. Where was I going? What was I doing with my life? These questions frequently ran through my mind and I desperately needed to find a solution.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain

Hot Tang or Hot Chocolate? The NOLS Experience in 1965 and Today

By Larkin Flora on 8/24/15 8:00 AM
Melty cheese is delicious no matter what year you took your course. Photo by Nicholas Byrne.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, leadership

Working to Keep Wyoming Streams Held to Higher Standards

By Evan Reimondo on 8/18/15 9:09 AM

NOLS is contesting a recent rule implemented by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that resulted in the downgrading of water quality standards for approximately 76 percent of streams in Wyoming. Many of these streams meander the lands used by NOLS courses throughout the Wind River Mountains, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming Range, and the Red Desert.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Environmental Stewardship, education, backcountry, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Partnerships Make NOLS Scholarships Possible

By NOLS Blog on 8/10/15 8:00 AM
Achieving at NOLS Patagonia. Photo by Mauricio Clauzet.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Backpacking, education, leadership

Slowing Down in the Absarokas

By NOLS Blog on 8/2/15 8:00 AM
The Outdoor Educator Course enjoying the Absarokas. Photo by Bill Minard.
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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Rocky Mountain, adventure, Live the Dream, leadership

4 Gear Tips for Lightweight Backpacking

By Molly Herber on 7/27/15 8:00 AM
Travel far and fast while lightweight backpacking. Photo by Jared Steinman.
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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Expedition Prep, adventure, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry, lightweight backpacking

Take Your Cooking Outdoors: Interview with Expedition Chef Mary Brent Galyean

By Molly Herber on 7/22/15 9:40 AM


Expedition chef and three-time NOLS grad Mary Brent Galyean. Photo from
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Topics: Alumni, Semester, NOLS Rocky Mountain, cooking, Live the Dream, video, NOLS East Africa

4 Unusual Ingredients to Enhance Any Backcountry Recipe

By NOLS Blog on 7/16/15 8:00 AM
Some tasty pre-dinner appetizers and "cheesetizers" (with hot sauce, of course). Photo by Meriwether Hardie.
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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Expedition Prep, cooking, backcountry

Creating Family Time—with Llamas

By NOLS Blog on 7/1/15 8:00 AM
Llamas enjoy taking selfies too. Photo by Brad Christensen.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, llama packing

Pathfinding on an Outdoor Semester

By Matt Kearns on 6/30/15 8:00 AM

Backpacking in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Photo by Jamie Taylor.

Matt Kearns spent the spring of 2015 on a NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester. From backcountry skiing to whitewater canoeing, he did it all. Read about his semester, funded in part with his veterans benefits, and how it helped give him the space and direction to consider a career in the natural sciences.

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Topics: Semester, NOLS Rocky Mountain, climbing, Backpacking, Live the Dream, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry skiing, canyoneering, Wilderness Medicine

How to Give Effective Feedback to Land Managers

By Dave Schimelpfenig on 6/17/15 8:00 AM

There are many uses of public land, and they don’t always align. For example, it would be challenging for NOLS to teach wilderness skills surrounded by oil and gas development. How do managers decide what should be done with a tract of public land? Ideally, they hear from the people who use the land.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Beyond My City Life: Horsepacking in the Rockies

By Molly Herber on 6/11/15 8:00 AM

By Kimberly Germain

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Topics: Alumni, horsepacking, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, leadership

Peter Metcalf: Living Big

By Casey Adams on 6/10/15 2:00 AM
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 6/9/15 2:00 AM

“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