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Victor Flores

Victor FloresNOLS Instructor since: 1993
Courses taught: Backpacking and Sea Kayaking

"I was intrigued by the ocean. I wanted to be part of Cousteau's crew," says Victor Flores of his move from Mexico City to Baja 15 years ago. While Victor may not have made it aboard the Calypso, he has managed to make a career out of his love for the seas.

In Baja, Victor became an avid scuba diver and earned a degree in Marine Biology. He studied ecology at the university in La Paz and worked at a natural history museum organizing bones of dolphins and whales.

In 1993, Victor headed north for a Wind River Mountaineering Course and then a mountain instructor course. "Wyoming is great but there is too much land. I go crazy when I can't see the water," he says of his first summer in the Rockies. Victor now instructs hiking and sea kayaking courses in Alaska, Baja and Wyoming.

Ironically, Victor now lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is studying graphic design. He would like to combine his many interests by writing and illustrating children's books about marine biology.

It's clear that Victor is enchanted with Baja. He talks candidly about the vast coastline and abundance of marine life, "It's such a unique and pristine environment. You can explore the desert with all it's birds, you can snorkel, dive, see dolphins and wonderful sunsets."

"My favorite thing about NOLS courses is getting to know new places and exploring. You have a map and you just go," says Victor. "I also strongly believe in outdoor education. We can introduce students to global environmental issues. . . and I think education is so much more effective than politics. That's why I work for NOLS."

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Wind River Mountaineering brings you the whole spectrum of wilderness mountaineering. This includes rock climbing, snow climbing, glacier travel and the possibility of alpine ice climbing.
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