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Improve your leadership skills by exploring the Wind River Mountain range through this 7-day backcountry backpacking, llama supported, expedition designed for professional executives. Navigate the technical and environmental challenges of field-based learning that holds transferrable skills that will also serve your professional career. This expedition provides invaluable opportunities to see yourself in a dynamic wilderness setting, and to enhance not only your outdoor skills, but also your approach to leadership in new and challenging circumstances.


The Wind River Range is characterized by rugged, glacier-carved mountains renowned for its sheer granite walls and famous for its fishing. You travel through mountains surrounded by towering peaks, glistening alpine lakes and perennial snow. Immerse yourself in the natural environment and learn with fellow executives and professional outdoor leaders.


Successful expeditions require the same essential skills found in the professional world—effective communication, problem-solving, positive influence, and strategically delivering results. Return to your organization holding practical and transferable strategies with greater leadership effectiveness.


"The Executive Wind River course was the best experience in risk management I have had in thirty years in education and business leadership." - Stephen Wrage, Professor at US Naval Academy

Learning Outcomes

  • Recharge your entrepreneurial self.
  • Develop leadership awareness and behaviors to positively influence your professional environment.
  • Exchange ideas with other intrepid leaders.
  • Broaden your network of executive colleagues.
  • Immerse yourself and enjoy first-hand a beautiful and pristine wilderness area in North America.

“The NOLS expedition skills, experienced instructors, and fascinating executive-level colleagues gave me new perspectives on past and future professional contributions in public service and natural resources. The wilderness immersion and the lessons in backcountry skills, risk management, and leadership now inspire and energize me, returning to the ‘front-country’ of work, relationships, and life.” - Anne S. Fege, Ph.D., Retired Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service, and Chair, San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative

About Us: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Since 1965, NOLS has taught leadership, outdoor skills, risk management, and environmental studies on expeditions to more than 200,000 participants. These expeditions include a complete leadership curriculum, using the same model with which we train space station astronauts and shuttle crews.

Travel Day: Travel to Lander, WY and meet NOLS instructors for evening orientation.
Day 1: Get outfitted, travel to the trailhead and meet llamas, hike and observe instructors facilitating the day’s move, set up camp, cook dinner and and plan following day’s adventure.
Day 2-6: Lead fellow expedition members; help make critical decisions to achieve expedition goals, hike, cook, camp, plan and debrief, and immerse yourself into natural environment.
Day 7: Hike to trailhead, transport to Lander, de-issue gear, debrief with NOLS staff, NOLS HQ tour, and final dinner banquet.
Travel Day: Travel home


Executive Leadership Expedition

July 30 - August 5, 2016
7 days
Lander, WY
Backpacking - Wind River Mountain Range
Fly in/out:
Casper or Jackson, Wyoming
Provided (backpack, sleeping bag, tents, cookware, and other group gear. Personal gear is not provided. Please see equipment list)
20-25 miles

$3,000 without the Tuition Protection Plan

$3,180 with the Tuition Protection Plan

non-refundable $750 due with application by Monday, March 28, 2016
Tuition Balance:
$2,250 ($2,430 with TPP), along with health form, student agreement, and insurance form, Due Date Monday, May 9, 2016
Required Paperwork:

Online Application
Registration Paperwork:
Health Form

Insurance Form

Student Agreement

Additional Information:

Course Description
Equipment List
Travel and Logistics

Tuition Protection

For more information contact:

Lynn Petzold
800-710-6657 ext 2218


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


We’ve found that successful expeditions require many of the same skills that are essential in the professional world—effective communication, problem-solving, influencing others and strategically delivering results.

Photo: Lynn Petzold

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