Preparing for his next bike tour, TDA cyclist Henry Gold reflects on the value of expedition behavior taught on NOLS courses. Inspired by NASA astronauts who’ve completed NOLS leadership training, TDA trip leaders encourage a culture of expedition behavior on their tours.
Alison Wright, founder of the The Cairn Project, an organization dedicated to getting young women outdoors, reflects on her NOLS Executive Leadership Expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. She left the mountains ready to put expedition behavior to use in the frontcountry—and with an even deeper sense of commitment to her organization's mission.
In this summer’s edition of LOCALadk Magazine, NOLS Northeast Manager and Senior Instructor Lindsay Yost reflects on the transformative power of a wilderness experience, especially for teenage students returning from their first backpacking trips.
NOLS Instructor Molly Absolon reflects on the evolution of environmentalism in the U.S., calling for a renewal of the energy and commitment of the 1970s, the era when NOLS began developing the minimum impact camping techniques that evolved into Leave No Trace ethics.
For the past two decades, former NOLS instructor Nancy Pfeiffer has explored the Patagonian wilderness on horseback. But her recent book, Riding into the Heart of Patagonia, isn’t just about riding solo in the backcountry—it’s about the people she met along the way, and the things she learned from them.
Haley Robison, Kammok CEO and NOLS semester grad, was recently recognized as one of Conscious Company’s Top Business Leaders of 2018. One of the few female CEOs in the outdoor industry, Robison was chosen for her commitment to conscious leadership, cultivation of a positive work environment, and her ability to lead by example.
If you’re camping in warm weather, chances are you'll encounter some mosquitoes. Get a few tips from senior NOLS instructor Marco Johnson on how to deal with these pests.
In the wake of Penn State’s controversial decision to prohibit its student-led outing club from organizing outdoor trips, NOLS Risk Services Manager Katie Baum Mettenbrink weighs in on risk management on student excursions. She suggests that while student leaders are capable of successfully managing risk in the wilderness, they should complete leadership, risk management, and wilderness first aid training before heading out.
Senior NOLS instructor Marco Johnson offers Wall Street Journal readers some tips on how to prepare for camping alone. Solo camping can be a fun and empowering experience, but it’s important to take safety precautions seriously if you’re going to be out in the wilderness by yourself.
Former instructor Abby Warner has led the team at NOLS Teton Valley since 2003. Speaking to the power of a NOLS experience, she says it can be difficult for students to “be so out of their comfort zone…Ultimately, the reward of getting through that kind of challenge helps them get through other challenges in life.”