Backpacker Magazine Turns to NOLS for Leadership Advice

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 16, 2019 10:40:05 AM MDT

Backpacking in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Photo by Daniel Lay.

For hikers who are wondering “why no one wants to follow me anymore,” NOLS Field Instructor and Research Manager Shannon Rochelle recently shared some leadership advice with Backpacker. Pitfalls range from failing to get the group’s buy-in to being a cheerleader rather than a hike leader—but luckily, adjusting your leadership approach can make a big difference.


Casper Star Tribune Features Run the Red, a Race Celebrating Public Lands

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 6, 2019 9:03:12 AM MDT

The Casper Star Tribune reports that this year's Run the Red race, sponsored by NOLS, Patagonia, and others, will be held on September 28, Wyoming’s first Public Lands Day. Runners can choose between a half marathon, 45 km, or 120 km course in the Red Desert, starting and finishing in South Pass City.


Senior NOLS Instructor Advises Field & Stream on Picking Campsites

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 1, 2019 8:28:54 AM MDT

Photo by Molly Hagbrand.

Field & Stream recently sought Senior NOLS Instructor Marco Johnson’s advice on choosing a campsite. Whether you’re car camping or backpacking, Johnson recommends taking possible weather events into account, resisting the urge to violate Leave No Trace practices, and knowing how to set up your shelter before heading out.


NOLS Wilderness Medicine Featured on University of Kentucky Radio Station

Posted by Brooke Ortel on July 31, 2019 2:22:49 PM MDT

Photo by Matt Hage.

Dr. Greg Davis, on behalf of the University of Kentucky’s radio station, WUKY, recently interviewed NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Greg Gaskin to learn more about a Wilderness First Responder course held on campus.


New York Times Features New NOLS LGBTQ+ Backpacking Course

Posted by Brooke Ortel on June 4, 2019 5:06:52 PM MDT

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month this June, The New York Times recognized NOLS and other organizations offering outdoor expeditions for the LGBTQ community. In November 2019, NOLS will offer its first LGBTQ+ affinity expedition: a nine-day backpacking course in Utah’s Canyonlands.


Forbes Recognizes Italian Cycling Company Founded by NOLS Grad

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 23, 2019 1:19:35 PM MDT

Photo from Ciclismo Classico.

In 1989, NOLS semester grad Lauren Hefferon singlehandedly founded a bike touring company to lead trips across Italy. Today, Forbes reports, Ciclismo Classico is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has expanded to offer a wide variety of trips across Europe. Lauren says it was her NOLS course that inspired her to pursue a life of learning, exploring, and teaching outdoors.


UW Nursing Students Further Their Education with NOLS Wilderness Medicine Training

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 9, 2019 12:47:22 PM MDT

Photo by Shana Tarter.

This spring, students and instructors from the University of Wyoming nursing program took a two-day NOLS Wilderness Medicine for the Professional Practitioner course. Participants agreed that the course offered valuable leadership training as well as preparation for providing patient care in resource-limited environments.


NOLS Instructor & Longtime Trekking Guide Founds Outdoor Education Project in Nepal

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 8, 2019 2:41:24 PM MDT

Photo from the Freedom Social Foundation.

After taking a NOLS instructor course in 2016, longtime porter and trekking guide Jagan Timilsina founded the Outdoor Education Project to provide youth in rural Nepal with a pathway toward working in the outdoor industry. Since August 2017, more than 500 local teens have participated in his 10-day basic course—and many of them are now working as professional guides.


Gear Patrol: Backpacking 101 with Senior Instructor Marco Johnson

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 7, 2019 1:31:04 PM MDT

Photo by Nadine Lehner.

Gear Patrol recently consulted Senior NOLS Instructor Marco Johnson for advice on how to pack well for a backpacking trip. His recommendations, based on more than 30 years of experience in the field, include “don’t overpack” and “eat everything you bring.”


Facebook’s Former Chief Product Officer Shares Lessons Learned at NOLS

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 6, 2019 6:12:50 PM MDT

Photo by Hailey Arnold.

In addition to serving as Facebook’s Chief Product Officer for the past 13 years, Chris Cox is also a NOLS semester graduate. He says the lessons he learned about resiliency in Patagonia’s mountains have served him well at Facebook and beyond.


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