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Pay It Forward: How My NOLS Semester Helped Me Lead My Own Backcountry Trips

By Carolyn Highland on 6/27/18 10:00 AM


Photo by Carolyn Highland

November 21, 2012 was one of my favorite days on this planet. Up until this point, the idea of identifying a favorite day had seemed impossible, like choosing your favorite drop of water in a rushing river. But this was a day that made you realize if you couldn’t identify days that made the shortlist, you hadn’t yet experienced the type of day worthy of it.

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Topics: NOLS New Zealand, Semester, leadership, Live the Dream, skiing

Educator Expedition: The Good Life, Eleven Days on the Bugaboos–Rogers Pass Ski Traverse

By Molly Herber on 5/4/15 12:00 AM

By Willy Oppenheim, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, backcountry

Berkshire School Slays Powder in the Tetons

By Kate Koons on 3/12/15 1:00 AM

On Monday, NOLS Teton Valley wrapped up the inaugural winter ski course with the Berkshire School, a private boarding school in Massachusetts. The branch was pleased to host the new course and have our first ever high school students out on a winter adventure.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, skiing, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Professional Training

Instructor Q&A with Matt Lloyd

By William Roth on 5/27/10 10:13 AM

Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
I got my start in outdoor education in rural Pennsylvania. As a little kid, my parents would shoo me out the back door with nothing more than a brown paper lunch sack containing a PB&J sandwich, carrot sticks, and a juice box. I'd spend entire days exploring the quiet woods, fishing the clear lakes and streams, and building secret tree forts behind my house.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, matthew lloyd, skiing, accomplishment, insructor, matt lloyd, Educators Notebook, leave no trace, stewardship, winter, backcountry