Adaptive Biotechnologies CEO Credits NOLS with Leadership Success

Posted by Brooke Ortel on March 6, 2019 2:44:31 PM MST

Photo by Jamie Taylor.

Adaptive Biotechnologies CEO and Spring Semester in the Rockies grad Chad Robins says that his “whole leadership style to this day is based on those 100 days in the wilderness.” In fact, expedition behavior is the foundation of his #1 rule of leadership: do the right thing.

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NOLS Celebrates Landmark Federal Public Lands Victory

Posted by Molly Herber on February 28, 2019 11:50:45 AM MST

Creating new and continuing existing protections affirm importance of public lands for all.

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NOLS Graduate and Instructor Jimmy Chin Receives Oscar for Free Solo

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 28, 2019 9:06:52 AM MST
 
Former NOLS student and instructor Jimmy Chin on location filming the Academy Award-winning documentary feature film Free Solo (© National Geographic Partners).

Lander, Wyo.– February 28, 2019 –The 91st Academy Awards recognized Free Solo, the first climbing film to win an Oscar for the top documentary feature film. Free Solo was co-directed by former NOLS instructor Jimmy Chin and his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The documentary featured climber Alex Honnold, chronicling his unprecedented “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s Freerider route in Yosemite National Park without ropes or safety equipment.

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Honors Business Students Share Reflections on Wilderness Expedition

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 20, 2019 3:18:36 PM MST

Photo by Eryn Pierce.

In January 2019, ten students enrolled in the University of Texas' Canfield Business Honors Program (BHP) participated in an eight-day backpacking expedition in Arizona’s Galiuro Mountains. Their top take-aways from this customized NOLS course ranged from building closer friendships with one other to the paradigm-shifting realization that “cold is a choice.”

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NOLS Wilderness Medicine: A Genius Way to Use Your PTO

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 12, 2019 1:12:46 PM MST

Photo by Jared Steinman.

Outdoorsy, a company that coordinates RV rentals, recommends NOLS Wilderness Medicine training as one of their top five picks for using paid time off. If you camp and recreate in remote areas, completing a wilderness medicine course is a great way to spend your PTO. 

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What It Means to Leave No Trace

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 11, 2019 8:35:23 AM MST

Photo by Annalise Grueter.

Journalist Shikha Tripathi grew up in the striking landscape of the Kumaon Himalaya and she later earned an advanced degree in mountaineering. But it wasn’t until she took a NOLS Trip Leader course that she learned the principles of Leave No Trace, an experience that shifted her perspective on human presence in the outdoors.

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What You Learn from Living Outdoors for Three Months

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 8, 2019 7:31:13 AM MST

Photo by Samuel Kirsh.

Environmental journalist Sara Sneath reflects on the life-changing three months she spent in the Rockies on a NOLS outdoor educator semester this fall. As she backpacked, climbed, and skied across the western U.S., she faced her fears and rediscovered a “sense of play.”

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Outside Magazine Recognizes NOLS Instructor Liza Howard for Ultrarunning Wins

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 6, 2019 11:54:22 AM MST

As a professional ultrarunner, NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor, and mother of two, Liza Howard is pretty busy—to say the least. But juggling work, family life, and training hasn’t stopped her from winning big races like the Leadville 100 and competing in the 100K World Championships. In fact, she says, her busy schedule is key to her success.

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UC Santa Cruz Students Recognized for Completing WFR Training

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 5, 2019 4:46:06 PM MST

Photo by Kyle Wilson.

The Mercury News recognized 30 students at the University of California Santa Cruz who completed a NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification course this winter. Founded in 1965 by Paul Petzoldt of the 10th Mountain Division, NOLS has expanded to include the world’s leading wilderness medicine program.

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Learning Leadership above the Arctic Circle

Posted by Brooke Ortel on January 16, 2019 11:46:18 AM MST
Photo by Julie Fernie.

This summer, Evan Marie Allison, associate director of the University of Michigan’s Sanger Leadership Center, completed a two-week NOLS backpacking expedition in Alaska. The overarching lessons she took away from the course ranged from “you’re capable of more than you think” to “don’t count your blessings: recognize your privilege.”

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