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.

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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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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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