Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with Rock Climbing

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with Rock Climbing


  • Intensive curriculum targeted toward teachers, outdoor leaders, and those studying 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
  • Potential for a multi-day Independent Student Group Expedition at the end of the hiking section
  • Climbing instruction geared toward teaching necessary skills for top-rope site management
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 either a 23-day backpacking expedition that includes four days of rock climbing at a base camp or a 30-day backpacking expedition that includes a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. Both formats are packed with how-to's on living, traveling, and leading 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.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $3,765 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 23 Days
Type Career
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Riverton, 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 absorkas 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