NOLS All-Women’s Expeditions Featured in The Oprah Magazine

Posted by Brooke Ortel on April 11, 2019 5:09:38 PM MDT

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O, the Oprah Magazine voted NOLS all-women’s expeditions one of the top 15 “best adult summer camps to relive your childhood.” Ranging from sea kayaking in Scandinavia to rock climbing in the Southwest, our all-female courses offer a unique opportunity to grow your outdoor and leadership skills in a supportive group of peers.

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New Zealand Semester Grad & Gap Year Student Excels at Oberlin College

Posted by Brooke Ortel on April 10, 2019 8:23:09 AM MDT

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After her gap year, Semester in New Zealand grad Clare Tiedemann headed off to Oberlin College—where she recently broke the school record in the indoor 60-meter hurdles at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. She says her dream job is working as a NOLS instructor.

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NOLS Advisory Council Member Recognized for Community Service

Posted by Brooke Ortel on April 9, 2019 3:52:22 PM MDT

A NOLS grad and Advisory Council member, retired Rear Admiral Gretchen Herbert recently earned recognition in Transylvania County, North Carolina, for her commitment to STEM advocacy and community service. Following her distinguished 30-year Naval career and years of STEM volunteering, Herbert now works with the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and other community organizations.

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National Geographic Recognizes NOLS Grad for “Biggest Free Solo of the Year”

Posted by Brooke Ortel on April 2, 2019 12:22:59 PM MDT

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On March 21, 2019, NOLS grad Jim Reynolds completed an unprecedented free solo climb up—and down—Cerro Fitz Roy, an iconic Patagonian peak. A Wilderness EMT and member of Yosemite Search and Rescue, Reynolds ascended without ropes or safety equipment, then made the unusual decision to climb back down in the same fashion.

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Popular Science Looks to NOLS Wilderness Medicine for First Aid Tips

Posted by Brooke Ortel on March 19, 2019 4:48:06 PM MDT

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NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director Tod Schimelpfenig recently shared some first aid tips with Popular Science magazine. As you plan your next wilderness adventure, it’s worth considering Tod’s advice—and taking a wilderness medicine course so you’re prepared if there's an emergency.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies CEO Credits NOLS with Leadership Success

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

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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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Honors Business Students Share Reflections on Wilderness Expedition

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

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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

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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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