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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

Inside Whitewater Expeditions in the Rockies

By Kate Dernocoeur on Apr 30, 2019

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

Educator Expedition: Family Time Rafting on the Middle Fork

By Will Stubblefield on Apr 17, 2017

We arrived at Velvet Falls, one of the first notable rapids of this family trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, instructor, NOLS Teton Valley, whitewater rafting

Beyond Limits and Proud: LGBT & NOLS Wilderness Medicine Experience

By Emily Ambrose on Jun 9, 2016

I entered the Wilderness First Responder course nervous.

It was January, four months prior to my first season as a rafting guide on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon for AzRA Discovery. The WFR certification through NOLS Wilderness Medicine would grant me the final two certifications I needed.

I was nervous for a couple reasons: First, my medical knowledge was limited to watching Grey's Anatomy on TV prior to the course; second, I was unsure how I would be triggered or invalidated in my Queer identity through the nine-day course.

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Topics: diversity and inclusion, Wilderness First Responder, wilderness medicine, LGBTQ, whitewater rafting, Wilderness Medicine

What's in the Wilderness?

By NOLS Blog on Oct 21, 2015
Scouting a rapid. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.
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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Live the Dream, wilderness, backcountry, whitewater rafting

Educator Expedition: Whitewater Challenges in Peru

By NOLS Blog on Sep 14, 2015

By Christian Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, education, whitewater rafting

Right Place, Right Time, Right Education

By Justin Kleberg on Jun 23, 2015

Editor's note: Justin Kleberg uses the skill and expertise he gained from NOLS Wilderness Medicine in the unpredictable world of whitewater rafting. Article adapted from the Spring 2015 Leader.

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Topics: Alumni, backcountry, whitewater rafting, Wilderness Medicine