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Taking a NOLS River Expedition

By Rob Motley on Jun 5, 2019
Photo by Austin Danicic
 

“It’s impossible to be bored running a rapid,” according to Fabio Oliveira.

He would know. Despite spending 289 weeks in the field as NOLS instructor, he’s never gotten tired of leading river expeditions. A long-time instructor from Brazil, Fabio has spent the last five years primarily teaching whitewater courses that are full of rapids, cheering, and giggling.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, canoeing, kayaking, River, leadership, whitewater rafting, NOLS Expeditions

5 Things I Learned from Going on a Paddling Expedition with My Spouse

By Ashley Drake on May 13, 2019

Going on an expedition is one thing—going with your spouse can be something else entirely. NOLS Instructor & Custom Education Operations Supervisor Ashley Drake shares how, with intentional planning and plenty of good humor, adventuring with your spouse can be some of your best time spent outdoors.

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Topics: River, inspiring women, whitewater rafting, NOLS Expeditions

The Poetry of Experience

By Daniel Koepp on Nov 6, 2017

“What’s it good for?” Our pilot asked me that question as we flew deep into Alaska’s Brooks Range. A thermal rocked our Beaver bush plane and we lurched heavily. Below us, the tree line was falling away. From the rain-speckled cockpit it looked like a giant green circle where no brave spruce grew.

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Topics: Backpacking, River, Live the Dream, Alaska, Brooks Range

First Aid Kit Advice for River Travel

By Nate Ostis on Oct 11, 2016

First, we have to remind ourselves there is no perfect first aid kit. We need to preplan and consider the environment, the terrain, the climate, the skill set of companions, the number of days, number of people, and remoteness of our expedition.

Then, we can get down to figuring out what we actually need to bring.

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, River, First Aid Kit, Wilderness Medicine

Notes from the Field: Phil Henderson on Everest approach

By Casey Adams on Mar 30, 2012

NOLS senior field instructor and Rocky Mountain River Base Manager Phil Henderson is making his way through Nepal this week en route to climbing Mount Everest. He is working with a team of North Face athletes and researchers, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent to the peak. Learn more about the expedition by on the National Geographic or the North Face blogs. The following is his first note from the field:

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Topics: NOLS, National Geographic, faculty, Everest, National Outdoor Leadership School, Sherpa, anniversary, Nepal, American, River, Live the Dream, Phil Henderson, Khfu, Utah, Rocky Mountain

NOLS Grad Presenting Lessons Learned From River Course

By William Roth on Jul 23, 2010

I stumbled upon a video today on YouTube from NOLS grad Angel Flores presenting the lessons he learned from his Whitewater River Expedition earlier this summer. Angel discusses a bit about route finding, communication, and leadership. Thanks Angel for making the presentation!

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, whitewater, angel flores, Expedition Prep, presentation, River, youtube, video, grad, lessons learned