Backpacking Wyoming's Wind River Traverse - Alumni

Credit: Adam Swisher

Backpacking Wyoming's Wind River Traverse - Alumni

Join a group of NOLS grads and instructors for a week of incredible hiking on a challenging traverse of Wyoming's Wind River Mountains.

This backpacking trip will be fast-paced and high-mileage and will travel through the heart of Wyoming's Wind River Mountains and cross the Continental Divide, potentially multiple times. Elevations will be consistently above 10,000' (with likely opportunities to exceed 13,000') and include high mountain passes, boulder fields, possible peak ascents, established trails, and, in general, glorious alpine splendor!

The trip starts and ends in Lander, Wyoming, the home of NOLS World Headquarters and NOLS Rocky Mountain.

The trip focuses on fine-tuning backcountry travel and living skills, such as map reading, route finding/navigation, cooking, and fishing. This trip will be a both a rigorous and spectacular experience; be prepared for long days, heavy packs, burning lungs, and sore muscles, but also for jaw-dropping views of some of the Rocky Mountains' lesser-known secrets.

This trip will re-acquaint you with NOLS backpacking techniques in a convivial, relaxing and visually stunning location. 

Activity Rating*:

*This challenging trip includes boulder fields, high mountain passes and off-trail travel.



2020 Dates

Aug. 2 – Aug. 10, 2020

Tuition: $1,495
Details: Includes lodging before and after in Lander


All course information at a glance




9 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.


Course Description, Logistics, and Gear List


Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned



If you have questions about enrollment or including families/guests on a particular alumni trip, then contact:

NOLS Alumni Department

Other Alumni Courses