NOLS Instructor since: 1999
Courses taught: Whitewater, Mountaineering, Skiing, Backpacking
Roger Yim, who received a bachelor’s degree in education from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and who loves to eat fried pasta and pizza from the NOLS Cookery while in the backcountry, worked for Outward Bound and as an elementary school physical education teacher in Montreal before coming to work for NOLS. He has gone on personal mountaineering/climbing expeditions in Argentina, Mexico, Wyoming, the Cascades, and the Swiss Alps. He has also whitewater paddled all over the United States and Canada and enjoys backcountry skiing. When not working or playing out in the wild, Yim likes to eat BBQ and sushi, hang out with friends, and wear cotton clothing (non-outdoor gear).
Yim enjoys working for NOLS for a number of reasons— “the people, the chance to teach in a real and powerful natural environment, the adventure of twelve strangers going places that are wild and free, and the chance to play with cool gear and not just let it sit in your closet.” He believes that one of the greatest lessons that NOLS students come away with is the ability to think for themselves. His favorite memories from courses include seeing the northern lights in the Yukon and “sending students off independently with pride.”