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Columbia Business School Leadership Expedition


Photo: Betsy Winston, Allison Yang, Betsy Winston

Patagonia is a frontier of campos (ranches) hidden in isolated mountain valleys, ragged icy peaks, brawling rivers and cathedral fjords. This is a land that demands exploration, and you will experience its dramatic peaks, valleys and mysterious wilderness.

The hallmarks of a NOLS Patagonia course are exploration, remoteness and tough weather. The weather in this part of the world is often unpredictable and challenging. However, these conditions help build resilience and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty—skills relevant in today's global economy.

The Columbia Leadership Expedition is a 10-day field-based training that teaches leadership and technical outdoor skills in one of the worlds most amazing classrooms.

There will be a strong focus on being a good adaptable team member: the ability to distinguish the roles of “team member” (active follower) and “team leader” (designated leader). You will have the opportunity to exercise individual decisiveness, while simultaneously facilitating great teamwork—skills seemingly at odds with each other.

This course will develop leadership through experiential learning (Kolb Learning Cycle – think, do, reflect). Curriculum delivery will concentrate on situational leadership skills applicable to school, business, and social lives as well as expeditionary settings.

On a wilderness expedition lessons are immediate, lasting, and applicable to your life—no matter what you do. We’ve found that successful expeditions require many of the same skills that are essential in the professional world, including effective communication, influencing others and strategically delivering results.


Columbia Business School Leadership Expedition


Dates: January 10 - January 19, 2017
Tuition: $2520.00 (payable to Columbia)
Equipment Deposit: $350 (payable to NOLS, due August 15)
Group size: 20 (minimum) - 30 (maximum) participants
Course start/end: Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out: Balmaceda, XI Region, Chile
Activity: Backpacking
Enrollment open July 29 - August 15

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Supplemental Information: Course Description

For more information contact:

NOLS Professional Training
800-710-6657 ext. 2720





A behind-the-scenes look at what a NOLS wilderness expedition is all about:


You’ll learn how to lead your expedition-mates and even how to be a leader when following.

Photo: Rainbow Weinstock

"If you can figure out how to cross rapid-flowing, waist-deep rivers or how to bushwhack through almost impenetrably dense brush on extremely steep inclines, then you can figure out how to turn around a declining business or bring new innovation to a category—they both require dedication, brainstorming, and teamwork."

Allison L. Yang
MBA Candidate
Marketing, Strategy, Finance
Kellogg School of Management

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