NOLS fans and novices alike were treated in May as two different
television spotlights shined on the school.
rising generation, Cameron Diaz's show Trippin' on
follows the star and her friends (actress Rebecca Romijn, BMX biker Mat Hoffman,
rapper DMX and others) as they travel around the world, striving to promote
environmental stewardship. NOLS and the Wind River Mountains hosted the show
that aired on May 9.
Diaz, Romajin, Hoffman and DMX arrived Lander, where
NOLS Rocky Mountain outfitted them for a brief taste
of NOLS life. Experienced instructors Wendy Davis
and Steve Whitney led them through Leave No Trace
ethics, crossing a Tyrolean traverse and camping.
The star-studded group also met with NOLS Instructor
Jim Culver at the NOLS Three Peaks Ranch for a front-row
view of Wyoming's Red Desert, where natural gas development
is on the rise.
they learn anything? DMX, who seemed skeptical during
most of the show, admitted to caring more about the
environment at the end. In the following episode,
he even demonstrates his new-found Leave No Trace
ethics when he picks a piece of litter off the street!
Columbia Crew On-Trail
On May 14, the Science Channel featured
NOLS on "Astronaut Diaries," a special
about the Columbia crew and their two years of training
before what would become their final mission. The
segment highlighted the crew's 12-day training with
NOLS in the Wind Rivers just prior to their mission.
Clips from astronaut Dave Brown's camera chronicle
the evolution from co-workers to friends and teammates
as the crew summits Wind River Peak with NOLS Professional
Training Director John Kanengieter and NOLS Instructor
Andy Cline. The show intersperses these home videos
with additional scenes and interviews depicting just
how well the Columbia crew came together to form a team.