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Inside Whitewater Expeditions in the Rockies

By Kate Dernocoeur on 4/30/19 8:54 AM

Photo by David Morgan.
 

On June 8, 1869, John Wesley Powell and his expedition floated down the Green River through the Gates of Lodore—a narrow, towering cleft worn in the deep red rock of what is now western Colorado.

They were not the first to enter the canyon—Native Americans had lived in the area for thousands of years, and the early 1800s saw numerous explorations by trappers. But for Powell, it felt completely unknown.

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Topics: whitewater, education, whitewater rafting, Salmon River, whitewater canoeing, NOLS River Base, Vernal

Turnback Canyon: A NOLS instructor shares lessons from whitewater paddling the Alsek River

By Natalie Sands on 4/9/19 9:21 AM

I sit on a rocky shelf, studying the colours and rock formations of a mountain across the river that seems to stare back. The ridge below Bates Creek has bright orange scree that contrasts against the nearby grey and black rock, still scarred by the ancient glaciers lining this valley.

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Topics: whitewater, kayaking, Educators Notebook, Yukon, instructor, inspiring women, paddling, Instructor expedition

Instructor Expeditions of 2018

By NOLS on 3/25/19 11:31 AM

How do you become a better educator? There’s no one best answer, but continuing to be a learner yourself is certainly up there.

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Topics: whitewater, Training, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, rock climbing, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), Instructor expedition

Putting Leadership into Practice: AmeriCorps and NOLS

By Travis Davis on 6/22/16 11:46 AM

Travis reflects on his experiences serving with AmeriCorps and his NOLS courses, thinking about how their intersection has helped him grow and develop as a leader.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, whitewater, AmeriCorps, education, leadership

NOLS Grad Presenting Lessons Learned From River Course

By William Roth on 7/23/10 5:14 AM

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