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There and Back Again, a Patagonia Tale: The Patagonia Cultural Expedition

By Jen Antocci on May 29, 2019

Photo courtesy of Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition.

I was sitting in my doctor’s office, awkwardly fussing with my johnny gown and glancing down at the NOLS health form in my hands. My doctor comes in and after some formal chitchat I ask her to complete the health clearance for this month long hiking and cultural expedition in Patagonia.

“A month of hiking? Sleeping in tents? In South America? Are you being punished?” she half joked. “No, I’m paying to do this” I joked back. “Well good for you, I don’t even like going out in my backyard.” She signed the form and I left the office, mentally checking off the final item on my expedition to-do list.

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Topics: Patagonia, culture, Live the Dream, story, cultural expedition

The Places that Scare You: First Ascents on Patagonia’s Northern Icefield

By Willy Oppenheim on Feb 4, 2019

Approaching Pantragruel (left). The peak at right is Gargantua. Photo by Willy Oppenheim.

Months later, I still find myself wondering what brought me there, and what I brought back.

Always it is like this: from the warmth of home, the mind moves towards cold and distant lands. From known to unknown, from comfort into fear, from one set of questions towards another at once more vast and elemental. From union into aloneness, and then back again—but never to stay.

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Topics: Patagonia, Educators Notebook, mountaineering, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), Instructor expedition, story

Cornell Cultivates Leadership, Elementally

By Erin Daily on Feb 28, 2013

As both a NOLS instructor and an MBA student at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Jamie Hunt acts as a one-of-a-kind
bridge between individuals typically sporting an array of Patagonia apparel and
those who don blazers and button-ups on a more regular basis. Hunt’s distinctive
perspective helped forge the pathway for the first Johnson Leadership Expedition, a 10-day hiking course in Patagonia for academic credit
that took place in January.

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Topics: Tolerance for Adversity, Patagonia, Cornell, Jamie Hunt, Alex Chang, Peer Leadership, Active Followership, Jerry Rizzo, Educators Notebook, Leadership Expedition, Johnson School of Management, NOLS Professional Training

Columbia Business School Students Tackle Patagonia

By Erin Daily on Feb 19, 2013

Last December, 11 Columbia Business School (CBS) students completed the first 10-day CBS Leadership Expedition to Patagonia. Maya Mandel, CBS class of 2013 and president of the Outdoor Adventures Club was responsible for bringing the course to fruition. Initially introduced to NOLS through a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Maya was interested in what NOLS could offer her and her peers. After discussing several different options, it was determined that an expedition to Patagonia would best suit the CBS students.

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Topics: NOLS, Patagonia, Columbia Business School, Expedition Prep, CBS, Leadership Expedition

Hello from the Backcountry!

By NOLS on Jul 7, 2011

When it comes to hearing about how courses are going, no news is good news... but good news is great! Kumari Ratnayake, a student on a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator course sent this letter out from a food re-ration to us here at NOLS HQ.

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Topics: letter, NOLS, Patagonia, Expedition Prep, video contest, rocky mountains, pictures, Kumari Ratnayake, hello, Outdoor Educator, drawing, journal, backcountry

2010 Dream Expedition Winners Announced

By NOLS on Nov 17, 2010

The rules were simple. We asked people to make a video answering the following two questions. What is your dream expedition, and how will you prepare for it? We received over 60 videos, all with very inspiring dream expeditions, by the time the contest ended.

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Topics: NOLS, voting, Behind the Scenes, Patagonia, video contest, process, winners

NOLS wins Sustainable Tourism Award

By NOLS on Oct 14, 2010

NOLS has been recognized by the Chilean government as a leading organization in Chile that practices and promotes sustainable tourism. Chile’s National Secretariat of Tourism, which granted NOLS this award, commended the school for the impacts its graduates have made in the field of sustainable tourism in Chile.

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Topics: NOLS, chile, Patagonia, award, tourism, Environmental Stewardship, sustainability

Dream Expedition Video Contest: Sharing A Few Videos - Part 1

By William Roth on Sep 24, 2010

We have seen more and more videos start rolling in for our the NOLS Dream Expedition Video Contest, with a surge of entries coming in over the last few weeks. They range from the simple and straightforward to wild stop-motion animation techniques, with dreams about hiking the Appalachian Trail, summiting far-off peaks, high altitude tight-rope walking, trekking to remote Africa to give medical aid, and more.

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Topics: NOLS, dream expedition, Behind the Scenes, Patagonia, cassin ridge, appalachian trail, video, lleif ericson, stop motion, Denali

80 Days in Patagonia? "I'd do it again in a heartbeat!"

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 10, 2010

NOLS Patagonia graduate Ben Kemmer just returned from a Semester in Patagonia and made a splash in his home town of Beverly, Massachusetts. Check out the article about Ben here.

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Topics: NOLS, Patagonia, Ben Kemmer, Live the Dream