Idaho Backpacking Adventure

Credit: Nick Cross

Idaho Backpacking Adventure

Independence, responsibility, achievement, and fun. These qualities are the essence of this course. In a word: adventure. Whether you travel in the Wyoming Range, the Palisades, the Beaverheads, the Beartooths, the Lemhis, or the Absarokas, the mountains will be unlike any classroom you've ever experienced with their fresh air and fresh opportunities. You'll learn skills-backpacking, cooking, camping, and navigation with a map-and you'll also learn things like how to turn challenging situations into opportunities, how to get along with your group, and how to be a leader even when you're following. This isn't a kids version of other NOLS courses. You'll get the famous NOLS curriculum taught by the same experienced instructors who teach for NOLS worldwide. And, as with every NOLS course, these are entirely field-based experiences where you'll travel the country on foot and sleep under a blanket of stars.



2018 Dates

June 17 – June 30, 2018

Tuition: $3,600
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June 27 – July 10, 2018

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July 7 – July 20, 2018

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July 17 – July 30, 2018

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July 25 – Aug. 7, 2018

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Equipment Deposit
14 days
Minimum Age
14 yrs.
Maximum Age
15 yrs.
Academic Credit

0.50 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics

Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Skills learned


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What Our Grads Say

“By far, this was the most challenging thing I have ever done. This course pushed me to my limits, but also helped me discover new things about myself. Through NOLS I learned so much. How to bake, to identify plants and animals, to make friends with complete strangers, to work my hardest, and to lead. I am a much more confident person after my NOLS course.”

—Ella Y., NOLS Idaho Backpacking Adventure grad

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