“I arrived at NOLS hoping to find the alternative education I had been seraching for and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was blown away by the level of professionalism exhibited by everyone at the school The course opened up an entirely new world to me that had been barely accessible before. The skills I gained will be with me forever.”
Outfitted with 25- to 30-pound packs (10--15 pounds without food and fuel), you and your coursemates will be off to enjoy the wilderness as you never thought imaginable, without the burden of a heavy load.
Plan to learn innovative lightweight techniques like cooking one-pot meals and staying warm and dry with minimal gear while honing traditional backpacking skills like navigation and Leave No Trace.
Welcome to the American Southwest: A horizon studded with saguaro cactus, hidden nooks lush with watercress, granite strongholds glowing orange in the setting sun, the call of a Gambel’s quail, the smell of mesquite washed in a pounding desert rain.
Now put yourself in the picture. You could be climbing, hiking, or canoeing in terrain as varied as those skills. From our facility on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz., we explore the amazing diversity of this desert region, a land of mountain lion, javelina, and white-tailed deer.
Birds such as the elegant trogon and white-eared hummingbird fly the same skies as red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures. It’s a land that famed naturalist Aldo Leopold called “near to being the cream of creation.”
Courses pass through areas also rich in human history, areas originally inhabited by ancient cultures and areas with a more recent Spanish influence. With easy access, amazing contrasts, and challenging technical skills, a course at NOLS Southwest is hard to beat.