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Get some tips on how to repair your outdoor gear, learn the secret to forming a cohesive group on extended expeditions, and see how one student was inspired by her instructor’s mentorship.

And, for those of you in the U.S., tomorrow is November 6th: Be a leader, use your voice. Go vote.

How to Fix Your Outdoor Gear

iconic blue and green NOLS windpants draped over a sewing machine awaiting repair

Photo by Molly Herber

Fixing gear isn’t complicated, as long as you have a few of the right tools. We do it on NOLS courses all the time (since no one wants to sleep in a holey tent or walk around with ripped pants for a month). Check out this blog post to get some handy tips on gear repair.

Go to Learn How to Fix Your Gear

Why My Semester Group Thrived

three NOLS participants smile while backpacking, as one hiker squishes water out of his boots

Photo by Luke Fortezzo

Reflecting on a semester spent exploring the Rockies, Shannon Reiser concluded that within our group there was a special feeling present that doesn't exist on all expeditions. I have reflected on this, wondering what was this "magic" that was felt within our group? I have narrowed it down to at least one thing ... we loved each other.”

Go to Read Shannon's Story

Watch: Grace and Grit

Grace and Grit Tale from the Trail thumbnail with animated mountains behind and play button

One of the highlights of Kira Minehart’s NOLS Alaska course was the mentorship she received from her female trip leader, McKenzie. As a role model, McKenzie demonstrated grace, humor, and strength throughout the expedition—and her attitude ultimately inspired Kira to pursue her love of science.

Go to Watch Kira's Tale from the Trail 

Explore Patagonia This Spring

NOLS students use crampons to backpack across a snowfield in PatagoniaPhoto by Fiona Casson

Take the time to immerse yourself in a new environment and culture on a semester in Patagonia. Backpack, mountaineer, and paddle your way across Patagonia’s mountains and coasts—and return home with lifelong leadership skills.

Go to Go to Patagonia Next Semester

Winter Outdoor Educator

four NOLS participants on a winter course travel uphill on backcountry skis pulling loaded sleds in fresh snowPhoto by Matt Burke

Develop your winter camping and backcountry skiing or splitboarding skills in untouched powder. Grow as a leader and teacher while earning your Recreational Level I Avalanche certification. 

Go to Explore the Mountains in Winter

Spring 2019 Semester Scholarships Still Available!

NOLS students navigate a surf-filled landing in a Drascombe Longboat in Baja CaliforniaPhoto by Cass Colman

Interested in spending your spring semester in the wilderness?There’s still funding available!

Go to See Semester Scholarship Application

NEW! NOLS Wilderness Navigation, 3rd Edition

person holds up 3rd edition of NOLS Wilderness Navigation book

Learn how to navigate confidently on- and off-trail, as well as on the water, using the latest edition of NOLS Wilderness Navigation. Start with the basics, like finding quality maps and charts, and move on to more advanced topics such as using compasses and GPS receivers.

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