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My Semester in Baja, as Told in Food and Sunsets [Photo Essay]

By Claire Burgeson on Jan 22, 2019

On the seventh day of my Spring Semester in Baja, we bought a goat.

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Topics: Sailing, Skills, Backpacking, Kayaking, culture, photos, Semester in Baja, NOLS Expeditions, Stories, Student Stories

Climbing Denali, in Photos

By Stéphane Terrier on Oct 24, 2017

When I arrived at NOLS Alaska for my 2011 Brooks Range Backpacking and River course, I learned that the Denali expedition, a trip for NOLS alumni, had just returned from a successful ascent. It was easy to distinguish its members from all the other students, since they hadn’t had the chance to shower yet! That memory stayed with me not just because of the smell, but also because I was fascinated with Denali ever since I first saw the mountain during a visit to Denali National Park in 2004.

Covered with white glaciers, Denali towers incredibly high above all the other Alaska Range peaks and the surrounding green tundra. With its summit at 6,190 m/20,310 feet, it's the highest mountain of North America and one of the coldest mountains on Earth, notorious for its storms. I was instantly impressed by it.

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Topics: Mountaineering, Alaska, Denali, photos, Stories

21 Quotes Guaranteed to Make You Crave the Outdoors

By Sarah Buer on Apr 14, 2016

We can’t put our finger on it, what exactly it is that makes the wilderness so touching and transformative. Perhaps it’s because there isn’t one thing alone that moves us to indulge in the outdoors, but rather a multitude of things combined to impact us all at once and change pieces of us along the way.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, wilderness, photos