Fall Semester in the Rockies

Credit: Kirk Rasmussen

Fall Semester in the Rockies

Find new challenges on rivers, rock, and snow

Explore the outdoors from canyons to mountains on the Semester in the Rockies. This course will be your opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor skills across the western United States, including earning a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certification. Paddle down rapids on Utah rivers, break trail through Wyoming’s snowy mountains, see ancient rock art, and climb high granite crags. The skills you might learn include rock climbing, whitewater paddling, horsepacking, canyoneering, backpacking, and winter camping and backcountry skiing.

Leadership will be a primary focus on this semester. At the same time you’re learning to live in the wilderness, you’ll also focus on your leadership style. Learning to assess a rapid helps with communication skills, while navigating hard terrain is an opportunity to practice tolerance for adversity. No matter what, you’ll have real opportunities to meet challenges, take care of yourself and others in the outdoors, manage risks, and push your limits. These challenges will prepare you to be a leader in school, at home, and beyond.



2018 Dates

Aug. 31 – Nov. 27, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Aid, Rafting/Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering
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Sept. 7 – Dec. 4, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter

Sept. 10 – Dec. 7, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter (Gap Year)
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89 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Responder


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics


Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned






Rock Climbing


Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Fall Semester in the Rockies sessions with WFR are eligible for an additional 3 hours college credits for the Wilderness First Responder. These are optional credits.

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What Our Grads Say

“Going to NOLS revealed to me that my life was far from irreparable and through hard work and determination I can get to where I want to be in life. I realized if I can travel 100+ miles on foot living off of what's in my backpack, navigate through precarious terrain and endure torrential weather, I'm definitely capable of putting in the work and effort to have a good life.” 

— Brent L., NOLS Fall Semester in the Rockies grad

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