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Test your wilderness medicine skills with a quiz on heat illness, see what unexpected lessons you might learn on a NOLS course, and start dreaming about this winter’s backcountry ski adventures.

Quiz: Heat Illness and Dehydration

NOLS wilderness medicine students practice caring for a patient in the Southwest
Photo by Matt Hage

Whether you’re in the backcountry or closer to home, hot weather can pose serious risks. Do you know how to recognize and respond to heat-induced illnesses?

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6 Lessons I Did Not Expect to Learn from NOLS

NOLS student looks out at snowy slopes in the North Cascades
Photo by Travis Burhart

Sitting atop a mountain high in the North Cascades, Pacific Northwest Backpacking grad Travis Burhart realized that the most important lessons he’d learned with NOLS weren’t technical—“ascending that peak gave me the chance to marvel at how much change I noticed in myself during my time in the backcountry. While I value the technical skills I developed, I treasure the personal development the most.”

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Find Your Winter Adventure: Get Excited for Ski Season!

smiling NOLS student at the top of a slope on a backcountry skiing course
Photo courtesy of Nikole Wohlmacher

This winter, leave crowded resorts behind and join NOLS for a backcountry skiing or snowboarding expedition. Make your own tracks in untouched powder and learn the fine art of winter camping. Learn avalanche assessment and build the skills to lead your own backcountry touring adventures.

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Wilderness Expeditions for Ages 23+ 

NOLS students hike on a tree-lined trail in the Southwest
Photo by Liz Schultz

Take a break from your busy schedule and join a group of adult peers for a 1- to 2-week outdoor adventure. Fall expeditions include Southwest Backpacking and Southwest Lightweight Backpacking courses in the ponderosa and windswept ridges of the Gila National Forest.

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Need-Based Scholarships Available!

four smiling NOLS students in the Scandinavian mountains with alpine lake
Photo by Molly Hagbrand

Make your dream adventure a reality with a NOLS scholarship. Plus, explore additional financial aid options, like using your AmeriCorps education award, veterans benefits, or 529 Plan to help cover remaining costs.

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People of Color Southwest Climbing 

pink sunset sky above Arizona's Cochise Stronghold
Photo by Lindsay Nohl

Pursue your rock climbing dreams at Arizona’s famed Cochise Stronghold and explore the area’s granite domes, jagged spires, and winding desert canyons. Work toward new goals at the crag and build community in a POC affinity space.

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NEW! Wilderness Safety Training with NOLS & REI

NOLS participants take a break to chat and scout what's next in Patagonia
Photo by Clary Greacen

Taught by NOLS instructors and hosted by REI, these new 2-day courses bring NOLS field risk management expertise into the classroom. Attend a Wilderness Safety Training to build your trip planning, outdoor leadership, and hazard assessment skills.

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284 Lincoln Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520
United States

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