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Take a special Valentine’s quiz on cardiac illness from NOLS Wilderness Medicine, check out a yoga routine designed for kayakers, and read about Oscar-winning filmmaker Jimmy Chin’s NOLS experience.

Quiz: Cardiovascular Wilderness Medicine

two NOLS wilderness medicine students wearing warm clothing practice caring for a patient lying on the ground outside
Photo by Angelica Rydelius Bergman

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day from NOLS! Take this quiz to see how much you really know about the human heart.

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Jimmy Chin’s Journey from NOLS to the Oscars

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi look at camera while standing in field bounded by trees
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

You probably know Jimmy Chin as the co-director of Free Solo, the Oscar-winning film chronicling Alex Honnold’s unprecedented ascent of El Capitan. But what you might not know is that he’s a NOLS graduate—and his first experience with the school was working as a receptionist at the school’s headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.

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Watch: Yoga for Sea Kayakers

smiling female NOLS instructor sits on a yoga mat in the beach in Baja at sunrise

Yoga is the perfect complement to long days on the water! Check out this short and effective routine designed by NOLS instructor Teresa Miller.

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NEW! Pacific Northwest Backpacking, Ages 18–22

four NOLS students wearing backpacks hike down dirt trail on a green forested slope in the Pacific NorthwestPhoto by Trip Davis

This summer, take the time to get outdoors and completely unplug. Explore the soaring peaks of the North Cascades with a group of motivated peers and build lifelong leadership skills.

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Summer Semester in Alaska

NOLS students on rope teams take a break on a snowfield in AlaskaPhoto by Brandon Gell

Under the light of the Midnight Sun, paddle past crystal blue icebergs, climb glaciated peaks, and hike across sweeping expanses of tundra. Return with the skills to lead in the outdoors and beyond.

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It's Gap Year Exploration Month!

smiling students walk on paved road with local women in the HimalayaPhoto by Cass Colman

Are you thinking about taking a gap year? If you’re looking for adventure, experiential learning, and the opportunity to lead in real life, a NOLS expedition is the perfect fit.

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Adirondack Canoeing - Adult

student wearing red life vest paddles a canoe through lake with lots of lily padsPhoto Murilo Bellese

Leave desks, screens, and your busy schedule behind on a weeklong paddling expedition in the Adirondacks this summer. Head home refreshed and ready to lead your next canoeing trip.

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