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Read what happened when this Semester in the Rockies grad decided to visit 30 countries before her baby’s first birthday and get the inside scoop on a NOLS gap year. Plus, brush up your pack packing skills with tips from senior instructor Marco Johnson.

3 Months in the Rockies to 30 Countries in a Year

Erica and her baby daughter smile at each other while traveling in Denmark

Photo courtesy of Erica Levine Weber

NOLS grad Erica Levine Weber admits that “My choice of going on a Semester in the Rockies was as absurd as traveling to 30 countries with a baby before their first birthday...I had never been canyoneering, kayaking, rock climbing, ridden a horse, or even camped before.” Thanks to her “why not?!” attitude, she’s done both—while having a great time.

Go to Read Erica's Story

Gap Year: An Incredible Opportunity

NOLS students look through binoculars on a semester in New Zealand

Photo by Cameron Pattison

Gap year student Molly Hunt reflects that, “While not fully realizing it, I began my NOLS course as a somewhat timid, indecisive, and insecure 19-year-old. But I left as a mature leader who had found her voice in the backcountry of New Zealand.”

Go to Read Molly's Story

Watch: Pack Packing

pack packing with Marco Johnson video with camping supplies in background

Ready for your next adventure? Brush up your pack packing skills with tips from senior NOLS instructor Marco Johnson.

Go to See How to Pack a Backpack

Develop Your Teaching Skills in the Yukon

smiling NOLS students whitewater canoe in the YukonPhoto by Ari Bruns

Grow your teaching and leadership skills while backpacking and whitewater canoeing in the Yukon. Join a team of practicing and aspiring outdoor educators to learn river rescue techniques and earn a Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate.

Go to Join Our 2019 Yukon Outdoor Educator Expedition

Study Abroad Outdoors

six NOLS students drink chai in India while looking toward the mountainsPhoto by Cass Colman

Immerse yourself in a new landscape and culture. Learn lifelong leadership skills as you travel in a dynamic wilderness environment. Earn academic credit as you participate in homestays with local families, contribute to meaningful service projects, and develop your outdoor skills.

Go to Study Abroad on a NOLS Semester

Lightweight Backpacking for Adults Age 23 & Up

NOLS students circle up while backpacking in Wyoming's Wind River RangePhoto by Zach Snavely

Join a group of adult peers to explore a beautiful and remote wilderness area—without the burden of a heavy pack. Learn the art of lightweight backpacking and grow your leadership skills while hiking through Arizona’s Gila National Forest or Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

Go to See Lightweight Backpacking Courses for Adults

Go Climbing in the Wind River Range

NOLS participant rock climbs with whitewater belowPhoto by David Anderson

Backpack through Wyoming’s stunning Wind River Range and dive into developing your technical rock climbing skills at backcountry camps. This is your chance to challenge yourself as a climber and leader in a beautiful and remote wilderness setting.

Go to Climb in the Winds This Summer

284 Lincoln Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520
United States

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