#TheTrailToSuccess

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Find Your Trail to Success

Your trail to success can start in many different places. Whether it’s a 30-day expedition to the most remote mountains in the world or a 2-day wilderness medicine course learning life-saving skills, our graduates leave NOLS motivated to take on new challenges.

Where do you start?
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Where will your success story start? 

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MEET KNIGHT CAMPBELL - VETERAN, EDUCATOR, ENTREPRENEUR, NOLS GRAD

 

MEET KNIGHT CAMPBELL

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Knight’s 10-year service as a Navy helicopter pilot began to shape his understanding of leadership. From tackling 24-hour tasking events alongside fellow service members to teaching advanced leadership theory at the collegiate level, Knight left the Navy with a burning passion for helping others reach their fullest potential.

Having seen the limitations of teaching leadership in a traditional classroom, Knight knew outdoor activities would be a perfect place for leaders to grow. While working on a Management PhD at George Washington University, he applied for a 30-day Instructor Course in Alaska with NOLS, which changed his outlook on leadership. After completing his course and becoming a NOLS instructor, Knight realized the value of authentic personal relationships and a community of leaders who inspire, support, and grow through shared adventure. He switched gears and earned an Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate at Georgetown University.

Today, Knight is the CEO and Lead Guide of Cairn Leadership Strategies. He takes entrepreneurs, adventurers, and business executives outdoors, tapping into the profound ways nature brings clarity and peace — two things all leaders require.

MEET KIT DESLAURIERS - MOUNTAINEER, MOTHER, ADVOCATE, NOLS GRAD

 

 

MEET KIT DESLAURIERS

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Kit is a pioneer with many “firsts” on her list of accomplishments. In 2006 she became the first woman to ski down Everest, making her the first person to ski the highest mountain on each continent. She’s also the first woman to win back-to-back Freeride World Tour championships, first female solo of the Grand Teton, and has made several first ski descents of the U.S. Arctic’s highest peaks. 

Eleven years after her NOLS Alaska course, Kit took the advice of her instructor and traveled to Alaska’s Brooks Range in search of something truly wild. The towering peaks, untouched plains, herds of musk oxen in the Arctic Circle made an impact on Kit. Since her first trip to the Arctic, Kit has felt compelled to speak up about the importance of protecting that special landscape. Today, she serves on the board of directors for Alaska Wilderness League, which advocates for the complete protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

Kit continues to push boundaries - leading expeditions, protecting wild places, educating the next generation about conservation and raising two adventurous daughters.

Stay tuned for more inspiring grad stories!