Rock and River

Credit: Brad Christensen

Rock and River

Climb, paddle, and grow your leadership skills

Push yourself to lead as you learn two unique skills: whitewater paddling and rock climbing. On this course you’ll explore the Green River’s Desolation Canyon and the crags of Wyoming. Read the turns of a river as you paddle a raft or kayak through a rapid. Deepen your knowledge of local ecology as you float through winding canyon walls. Practice reading the rock of a steep new crag and learn the skills of safe climbing. No matter what level of climbing or paddling you start with, you’ll find plenty of things to learn on this course.

In addition to wilderness skills, you will focus on gaining leadership experience. Navigating a rapid becomes a lesson in teamwork. Pushing yourself to try a new rock climb becomes a lesson in self awareness and working toward goals. Each day will offer you new opportunities to find out what your leadership style is and use it to support your team. By the end of this course, you’ll walk away with experiences that have prepared you to be a leader in school, your community, and beyond.



2018 Dates

June 1 – June 30, 2018

Tuition: $6,200


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
30 days
Minimum Age
16 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Skills Practicum

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Vernal, Utah / Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out
Salt Lake City, UT / Casper, WY
Skills learned


Rock Climbing

“The most rewarding aspects of this course were opportunities for personal growth, practice with group dynamics and team building and getting to know an amazing crew of NOLS instructors.”

-Lauryn H.