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The Alaskan Tundra Jumpstarts New Adventures

By Jen Pontrelli on Sep 12, 2017

Editor’s note: Alum Dave’s NOLS course jumpstarted a new life of activity and adventure—at age 49. Read what led to his transformation and get some ideas for bringing more action to your life. Adapted from the summer 2017 issue of The Leader.

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Topics: NOLS Alaska, Alaska, Prime, Adult courses, Stories

Meeting the Real Horses of NOLS Rocky Mountain: Wilderness Horsepacking

By Austin Hardin on Feb 9, 2016

 

From Cooper's perspective. Photo by Austin Hardin.


There were several reasons I picked a horsepacking course with NOLS. I had first considered backpacking, but after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail several years ago with a pack weight of 35 pounds or less, I knew I wasn’t up for the rigors of carrying 40% or more of my body weight on a traditional backpacking course. I also had an AmeriCorps award that would cover part of the course tuition that I needed to use before it expired. I’d never been to Wyoming, and I always enjoy exploring new places, but the biggest draw was the opportunity to experience the backcountry with horses.

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Topics: Alumni, Horsepacking, Three Peaks Ranch, Prime

Why Outdoorsy People Make the Best Co-workers

By Molly Herber on Oct 16, 2015

What does whitewater canoeing have to do with a board meeting? Or mountaineering with watercooler gossip? More than you’d think.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, education, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education, Prime, Adult courses