Rocky Mountain Instructor Course

Credit: Charles Zwick

Rocky Mountain Instructor Course

This course will not be offered in 2019. Check out the courses that will be offered on the Course Finder.

The Wind River mountain range is the place Paul Petzoldt chose for the first NOLS course in 1965, and we have trained instructors here ever since. Your Rocky Mountain Instructor Course will build on the technical outdoor skills you already have, while allowing you to fine-tune your teaching skills through an in-depth examination of the NOLS curriculum. 

Applications for Spring/Summer 2020 Instructor Courses are now closed. Applications for 2021 Instructor Courses will open on August 15, 2020.

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24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Leadership
  • 2 Risk Assessment
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics


Lander, WY

Fly in/out

Casper, WY

Skills learned


Rock Climbing

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification