At NOLS you'll get your feet wet as you learn to lead by leading. Near Cathedral Peak, Wind River Range, Wyoming
Photo: Josh Beckner
This is the original NOLS course and the most popular expedition we offer.
For 30 days, you’ll explore the Wind River Mountains, a wilderness range renowned for its pristine lakes and rugged mountain beauty. After carrying a pack efficiently loaded with everything you need to the top of your first high mountain pass, you’ll descend into a glacial valley and help lead your hiking group to camp.
You and your peers will take turns baking pizzas over a camp stove and catching cutthroat trout for dinner. At night, a star-filled sky will shroud your tent as you rest for the next stimulating day of exploration and learning. In addition to hiking as many as 120 miles on and off trail, you’ll fly-fish, learn how to use a GPS, summit towering granite mountains, and may have an opportunity to rock climb.
The leadership skills you master here will serve you well in the wilderness and beyond.
May 30-June 28, 2013
June 6-July 5, 2013
June 10-July 9, 2013
June 13-July 12, 2013
June 17-July 16, 2013
June 20-July 19, 2013
June 24-July 23, 2013
June 27-July 26, 2013
July 1-July 30, 2013
July 3-August 1, 2013
July 15-August 13, 2013
July 18-August 16, 2013
“Marc Randolph, a cofounder of Netflix and a NOLS graduate, strongly believes in stepping up to leadership this way. ‘On a hike, it’s a constant process of not being sure, taking a shot, and finding out one, 10, or 100 minutes later whether your decision was a good or bad one,’ he says. ‘That’s what you face in the business world, especially as an entrepreneur.’”
Article by John Kanengieter, director for leadership at NOLS, and Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, formerly a lawyer, NOLS' diversity and inclusion manager and a faculty member.