Learn the Basics of Backcountry Travel

Build the foundation for a lifetime of fun and adventure in the outdoors. Learn to live and travel comfortably in the wilderness while forming new friendships and lasting memories.

Become a Leader

Practice effective communication, decision making, and problem solving in real-life situations, like crossing a river or summiting a peak. Return prepared to lead at home and at school as well as in the outdoors.

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A mountain along the Salmon River in Idaho.

Before I went on this trip I was more of a follower. Instead of voicing my ideas or opinions I went along with the crowd…NOLS made me realize I can do anything. I can climb to a mountain’s peak, I can hike 9 miles in one day, I can go without my phone for two weeks, and I can be a leader.

Isabella Willard Girls Idaho Backpacking Adventure Grad

Find Your Adventure

Explore all expeditions for teens ages 14 & 15