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Outdoors Club Patagonia Skills Expedition


Photo: Betsy Winston, Allison Yang, Betsy Winston


Patagonia is a remote wilderness frontier of isolated mountain valleys, ragged icy peaks, brawling rivers, and cathedral fjords. The hallmarks of a NOLS Patagonia course are exploration and tough, unpredictable, weather. However, these conditions help build resilience and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, forcing you to test your outdoor skills.

The NOLS Patagonia Expedition is a 12-day field-based training that teaches technical outdoor skills, risk management and decision-making and cultural history.

Once you have mastered basic wilderness skills, you’ll move into advanced curriculum such as hazard analysis and mitigation, off-trail travel techniques on third- and forth-class terrain, individual and team leadership. The route starts around 1,500 feet and ascends to 8,500 feet while traveling on and off trails, across dry (non-snow covered) and wet (snow covered) glaciers, over morrains (glacier-deposited rock piles), and up steep rocky terrain and vegetated rain forest.

This Patagonia expedition will be one of the most memorable and exciting adventures of your life!


Outdoors Club Patagonia Skills Expedition

January 12-23, 2013

Course start/end: Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out: Balmaceda, XI Region, Chile
Activity: Backpacking/Mountaineering
Full Tuition: $2,400.00
Deposit: $500.00 due Oct 1, 2012
Balance: $1,900.00 balance and paperwork due Nov 1, 2012
To Apply: Application
  Additional Application Forms
Supplemental Information: Course Description (pdf)
  Equipment List (pdf)
  Travel and Logistics (pdf)
  Tuition Protection Plan (pdf)
Tuition Protection Plan:

NOLS offers a Tuition Protection Plan, provided by BerkelyCare, for citizens of the USA and Canada who meet certain legal residence requirements at a cost of six percent of the total tuition. The plan helps to protect against tuition loss should you be unable to participate or complete your course due to an injury or illness to yourself or your immediate family. Additionally, this plan may help to pay for evacuation costs from the course location. The Tuition Protection Plan payment is non-refundable and not transferable.

NOLS strongly recommends the Tuition Protection Plan to safeguard your investment in tuition.


For more information contact: NOLS Professional Training
Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 3




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


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