Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest

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Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Make the coasts and mountains your classroom

Get outside the traditional classroom and find new adventures in the striking landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Take time for your future and grow your leadership skills as you explore quiet coves, dense forests, and rugged mountains. Summit soaring peaks while mountaineering in the North Cascades. Sail a keelboat through the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada. Go climbing at world-class sites and paddle a sea kayak across sparkling blue waters. Learn about local ecology and earn an industry-respected Wilderness First Aid certification.

Whether it’s your first time camping or you’re already an experienced outdoorsperson, expect to challenge yourself each day. Start with the basics, like cooking on a campstove and reading a map. Then, move on to more advanced topics, like completing a multi-pitch climb, piloting a keelboat, or using tide charts to help plan a coastal hiking route.

Along the way, participate in a guided leadership progression, gradually taking on more decision-making responsibility as the course and your skills progress. Practice good communication as you work with your team to sail to the next campsite or navigate thick forest. Develop your risk management and problem-solving skills as you lead a rope team across a glacier. Build lasting relationships, and return home with the confidence to lead in your community and beyond.

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

Sept. 2 – Nov. 20, 2019

Tuition: $13,635
Details: Mountaineering, Sailing, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Backpacking
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Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$13,635
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Equipment Deposit

$700

Duration

80 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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Certifications

CPR

Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid

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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Conway, Washington

Fly in/out

Seattle, Washington

Skills learned

Backpacking

Mountaineering

Rock Climbing

Sailing

Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

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What Our Grads Say

“I learned patience, teamwork and leadership skills, but I also learned about myself. NOLS is part of who I am now. I cook for myself and make many of the same recipes I learned with my small team in the Pacific Northwest. I can put up a tent anywhere and sleep anywhere and I long for the days alone in the woods.”

— Nicolas S., NOLS Semester in the Pacific Northwest grad

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