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What I Learned About Resilience from Swimming an Icy Canyon Pond

By Maddy Eschholz on 5/30/18 8:29 AM


Photo by Lindsay Nohl.

Limb-numbing cold water drips down my shirt and pants. Uncontrollable, body wracking shivers. Shallow, quick breaths don't quite fill my lungs. Tears that I couldn't hold in any longer rolling down my cheeks. I hate this. I want to go home. Why do people think this is fun? Why am I so emotional? Why won't these tears stop?

These thoughts and feelings all came rushing into my head after swimming through a deep pond in a slot canyon on the sixth day of my NOLS course. It was November, and the water was the coldest thing I’ve ever felt—it was the kind of cold that made it hurt to take a deep breath. This was the hardest moment of my trip, but also the time when I learned the most about myself and who I wanted to be.

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Topics: Live the Dream, canyoneering, Utah, Semester in the Rockies

NOLS ladies at Little Red

By Casey Adams on 6/11/12 10:12 AM

Nearly a dozen NOLS women participated in a very important bike ride last weekend. We were proud to be represented at the annual Little Red Riding Hood, a non-competitive cycling event that raises funds for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, diversity and inclusion, cancer, cycling, wilderness medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Little Red Riding Hood, biking, University of Utah, Utah, all-women

Notes from the Field: Phil Henderson on Everest approach

By Casey Adams on 3/30/12 5:09 AM

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