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How Climate Change Might Impact Your Next Backpacking Trip

By Brooke Ortel on 8/13/18 8:50 AM


Backpacking in New York. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.

It’s a familiar scene: piles of food and gear, a trusted backpack unzipped, ready to be (carefully) stuffed full. You’re getting ready for your next backpacking adventure in the mountains.

As you run through your mental checklist, your friend casually asks, “So, you’re going to see those glaciers while they’re still there?” You pause, thinking for a moment. They’re only half kidding.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, climate change, Backpacking, Alaska, Wyoming

Learning the Meaning of Teamwork in the Wilderness

By Wolf Johnson on 1/22/18 7:44 AM

I crested the top of the small mountain, ahead of the rest, for a brief moment of celebration on the top, all by myself. The view took my breath away, literally, but also emotionally. I could feel a tenderness and had a few tears in my eyes. These were happy tears. As the others, my coursemates, arrived on the mountain’s top, the sun was at an angle and beginning to set. We all celebrated, and we were also exhausted and laughing. In this moment I felt immense joy and pride, and, realizing we were now about one-fourth of the way through our 30 days in the wilderness, I thought to myself, I think I’m going to make it, and I think this is going to be amazing.

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Topics: Live the Dream, Wind River Wilderness, Wyoming, Backpacking

Four-Day Adventure Race? Let’s Go!

By Molly Herber on 7/17/15 8:06 AM

Yesterday marked the start of a competition of epic proportions. The Cowboy Tough race, conducted in a different Wyoming location each year (this year it's in Casper, Cheyenne, and the Bighorn Mountains), features three and a half grueling days of trekking, road biking, whitewater paddling, and mountain biking.

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Topics: adventure, Behind the Scenes, Lander, Wilderness Medicine, Wyoming

How to Give Effective Feedback to Land Managers

By Dave Schimelpfenig on 6/17/15 8:00 AM

There are many uses of public land, and they don’t always align. For example, it would be challenging for NOLS to teach wilderness skills surrounded by oil and gas development. How do managers decide what should be done with a tract of public land? Ideally, they hear from the people who use the land.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming

Weathering Storms and Riding Waves: Interview with Jim Acee (Part 1)

By Molly Herber on 5/21/15 2:00 AM

Jim Acee, a Pittsburgh native, took the first NOLS semester course, a Semester in the Rockies in 1974. After that, he filled various positions: a NOLS instructor in the Rockies, Baja, and Utah, scrap metal salesman, corporate marketer, professor, director of Boise State’s Center for Executive Management Development, caregiver, dancer, whitewater rafter, and more. We caught up with him to hear the stories of his adventures (and he has many) with NOLS and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Mexico, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, instructor, Live the Dream

Wyoming Legislators Congratulate NOLS

By Casey Adams on 5/16/15 2:00 AM

U.S. Senator John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, both of Wyoming, spoke on the Senate and House floors celebrating the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) 50th anniversary this month.

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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming

NOLS Icon: Nancy Pallister, Building Leaders with Grit in the Winds

By Molly Herber on 4/3/15 6:00 AM

NOLS is turning 50 this year! With that big birthday on our horizon, we’re taking a look back and celebrating some of the incredible individuals that made NOLS the organization it is today.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership week, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, Backpacking, adventure, instructor, Live the Dream

Wyss Campus Acquires More LEED Certifications

By Becca Sage on 3/4/15 4:08 AM

To have a LEED certification is an honorable feat in the world of sustainability. A product of the U.S. Green Building Council, the multi-tiered LEED certification system has been a pioneer and leader in sustainable building initiatives around the world.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes responsible building designs and practices. In pursuit of sustainability, NOLS has jumped on the LEED train and is successfully taking the school toward a greener future.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Wyoming, WMI, Environmental Stewardship, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus

NOLS to Play Major Roles at Cowboy Tough Adventure Race

By Mike Casella on 7/17/13 8:52 AM

Starting Thursday morning in southeastern Wyoming is the
Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race. As part of the Rev3
Adventure Race Series, this point-to-point race, starting in Cheyenne and
ending in Casper is also a national qualifying race for the North American
Adventure Racing Series (NAARS). Teams of two or four people will race through
a series of outdoor disciplines including trekking, biking, river travel,
rappelling as well as other challenging activities.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, North American Adventure Racing Series, natural world, Cheyenne, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, adventure race, Cowboy Tough Expedition Race, Rev3, Casper, wilderness

Wyss Campus to open its doors

By Casey Adams on 10/31/12 1:02 AM

Located along
the Little Popo Agie River that flows through the largely federally protected
Red Canyon near Lander, Wyo. is the new NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus,
dedicated Oct. 12. This week, the campus will welcome its first Wilderness EMT
students.

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Topics: NOLS, Wilderness EMT, Behind the Scenes, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Popo Agie, Lander, Red Canyon, technology, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, Wyss, students, energy use, viability, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, cabins, undeveloped, wildlife, caretaker, Hanjorg Wyss, educational facilitiy, efficient building, habitat, campus

The state of the school: FY 2012

By Casey Adams on 10/16/12 7:41 AM

Staff, faculty , advisory council members, and NOLS Board of
Trustees gathered in Lander, Wyo.
last Friday for the annual board and
committee meetings. The weekend commenced with State of the School addresses by
new Board Chair Kate
Gunness Williams
, NOLS Executive Director John Gans, and the executive
director team.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, WyoFile, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Board, Trustees, Lander, Kate Gunness Williams, educate, enroll, faculty, awards, wilderness education, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, Faculty Summit, County10, fundraising, strategic plan, WMI, advisory council, Nonprofit Times, Outside Magazine, State of the School, staff, student, Expedition goals, leader, wilderness, record, John Gans

Linda Lindsey named to Governor's Council

By Casey Adams on 10/10/12 2:14 AM

Linda Lindsey, NOLS human resources and inclusion director, has been named to the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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Topics: NOLS, Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and, Behind the Scenes, human resources, educate, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, inactivity, Inclusion, physical activities, nurse, mission, health, benefits, Outdoors, Leadership Wyoming, obesity, well-being

NOLS grad dines with strangers

By Casey Adams on 9/6/12 8:09 AM

NOLS holds both breakfast and communication in high regard. 1995
Semester in Mexico graduate Matt Webber is taking these two principles to a new
level and across the U.S. this year.

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Topics: strangers, Alumni, NOLS, Semester, Lander, Courtney Dillard, Breakfast, America, diners, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, travel, polarized, community, Live the Dream, Matt Webber book, Pip Coe, conversation, local

NOLS' Amazing Public Relations Internship

By Nate Robbins on 9/5/12 3:00 AM

My internship here at the National Outdoor Leadership School has been better than I could have ever expected. I have been given many opportunities to grow in more ways than just working at my desk. I do get the chance to develop my skills on normal public relations tasks including writing press releases. I have been sending out press releases about students who complete NOLS courses, and I’ve been getting published. I also have been working on social media postings on the NOLS blog about interesting stories and topics.

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Topics: NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, opportunity, Lander, Public Relations, Wyoming, Headquarters, Internship, Gannett, International Climbers' Festival, Wind River Range, Vedauwoo, summit, CWC, rock climbing

A-ray of sunlight powers NOLS RM

By Casey Adams on 6/5/12 4:31 AM

In true summer fashion, NOLS Rocky Mountain is soaking up the sun for all it’s worth, which is, in fact, about 70 percent of the facility’s power usage.

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Topics: Rocky Mountain Power, NOLS, Solar, Lander, renovation, Blue Skies program, Wyoming, ground source heat, power, Creative Energies, Environmental Stewardship, energy efficient, Speeds Heating and Cooling, Rocky Mountain