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Expedition Science on the Slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Mara Gans on Mar 10, 2020
Students walk alongside a receding ice field at 19,000 feet in the summit caldera of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a successful summit, their next mission is to gather data on Kilimanjaro's largest remaining glacier. Photo by Mara Gans.

I was challenged in two realms on this course—scientific research and outdoor skills. It was incredible to realize how deeply connected these two worlds are. As someone incredibly passionate about the outdoors, I feel that the science aspect of this course further enhanced my understanding of my actions in the outdoor world.Emilie Ginn, Tanzania Scientific Research Expedition

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Study Abroad Stories, Mount Kilimanjaro, Research, education, NOLS Tanzania, science

Creating Space: Why All-Women's Expeditions Matter

By Brooke Ortel on Mar 5, 2020
Photo by Nadine Lehner

“In a lot of ways, it’s just a normal NOLS course. But there’s also an aspect of recognition that the outdoor world is still predominantly male, and it’s cool and empowering to be out here with a bunch of women who historically haven’t always been accepted in this realm of work and play.” —Katie Oram, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Research, all-women, female leaders, inspiring women, NOLS Expeditions, affinity, Leadership

How Outdoor Adventures Set Teens up for Life Success

By Brooke Ortel on Mar 2, 2020
Photo by Kirk Rasmussen

In today’s world, students find the idea of failure appalling, intolerable. It’s like standing on the edge of a looming precipice or swift-flowing river with no guarantee of a safe crossing. But in reality, the prospect of failure isn’t (usually) a looming gorge—it’s a botched exam, lower-than-desired SAT score, getting cut from the team, losing the race for class president.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, teens, Adventure Courses, Research, education, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Expeditions, Leadership

Research at NOLS: How NOLS Courses Help Prepare for Extended Expeditions in Space

By Shannon Rochelle on May 23, 2019

How can NOLS courses help us plan for long duration space flight? You may know that NOLS works with astronautsand other NASA staff, taking them into the backcountry for experiential lessons in expedition behavior, teamwork, and leadership.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, leadership education, NOLS Leader, NASA, Research, science, Leadership

Research Connects Wilderness Experience with Stronger Problem-solving Skills

By Shannon Rochelle on Aug 28, 2018
Photo by Justine Cornelison

Last summer, the Antler River was a knee-deep stream flowing through a broad meadow deep in the mountains of Alaska. Now, it was a moving lake, flooding the entire meadow.

Tracy’s group arrived at the river first, and the rest of her course, a group of 12 students and 3 instructors, followed soon after.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Semester, leadership education, Research, Problem Solving, outdoor semester, Leadership

Climbing for More Than the Summit

By Ben Lerman on Apr 5, 2018
>Ahlqvist on an acclimatization climb in the Himalaya. Photo courtesy of Carina Ahlqvist.

“I am driven to do my part for a better world, not just reach the summit and get an adrenaline kick.”

At 27,824 ft. (8,481 m), Makalu is the fifth highest mountain on earth. For Carina Ahlqvist, who in the spring of 2018 will attempt to become the first Scandinavian woman to reach its summit, the peak is far from the only objective.

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Topics: Himalayan climbing, WFR, Environment, Wilderness First Responder, Research, Mountaineering, Stewardship, Stories, Wilderness Medicine Stories