Pacific Northwest Trip Leader

Credit: Benjamin Lester

Pacific Northwest Trip Leader

On this course, you'll join a diverse group of trip leaders for an overview of the NOLS curriculum in a setting designed for leaders and educators who don't have a lot of time or a huge budget.

You'll learn common leadership strategies through dynamic, on-the-trail teaching methods including scenarios, real-time problem solving, and experiential learning. You'll learn the intricacies of trip planning and how to organize expeditions of your own. If you’re seeking to join a group of motivated peers to grow as a leader in the wilderness, this is the course for you.

  • Designed as professional development for practicing backcountry trip leaders to enhance their teaching and leadership skills
  • Develop your on- and off-trail hiking skills while learning what it takes to run a smooth expedition
  • We recommend that students have a basic first aid certification before beginning the course
  • Small group size of around 10 students and two instructors
  • Learn and share information about leading trips with others with similar interests



2020 Dates

June 24 – July 2, 2020

Tuition: $1,385

July 29 – Aug. 6, 2020

Tuition: $1,385


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9 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.


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Conway, Washington

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Seattle, Washington

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Additional Details

Prerequisite: Practicing backcountry trip leader.

Recommended: Basic first aid certification.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

“I thought taking a NOLS course could help me out with my career goals with leading and helping others and I think I've learned a lot that I can apply to my goals.”