Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with Rock Climbing

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with Rock Climbing


  • Designed for those currently working in or planning to enter the field of outdoor education
  • For 17 days, you'll hike approximately 70 miles through the Wind River, Absaroka, or Beartooth Range
  • Great opportunity for wildlife viewing and natural history study
  • Focuses on building competence as outdoor leaders and emphasizes wilderness skills, group facilitation, risk management and using the wilderness as a classroom to support growth of groups and individuals
  • Climbing instruction geared toward teaching necessary skills for top-rope site management
  • Practice teaching and facilitating group experiences and learning in order to develop skills as an educator
NOLS specializes in teaching teachers. In fact, we have been inspiring and teaching outdoor educators for over 45 years.

On this course, whether you're an aspiring or current outdoor leader, you'll learn the latest skills and techniques from some of the best-trained outdoor educators in the world in order to support you in your outdoor profession. This course offers a 23-day backpacking expedition, including four days of rock climbing at a base camp, where you'll learn to live, travel, and lead groups in the backcountry.

Granite peaks that reach 13,000 feet, rugged terrain, and high mountain lakes and rivers will teach you what it takes to lead and educate others in the West's rugged ranges and beyond.

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Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $3,815 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 23 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 4 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Hours Risk Management
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“The people I met were amazing and made the trip. Besides that the Absarokas are so filled with wildlife and alpine meadows, great new challenges for me. I felt like I did something I didn't think I would ever do every day of this course. I gained a lot of self confidence in the outdoors through this course.”

-Shelly W.

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator Grad