Backpacking student with trekking poles hikes across meadow toward rocky peaks in the Wind River Range.
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Wind River Wilderness - 16 and 17 only

Duration

30 days

Age

16 - 17 yrs

Tuition

$7,060 to $7,340

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Find new challenges on the original NOLS course

Head to the wilderness to grow as a leader. On this course, you’ll spend a month in the Wind River Range finding new experiences and places to explore every day. Climb high ridges and summit peaks carved by glaciers. Go fly fishing and learn about local ecology on clear, blue lakes. Wake up in the morning to cook breakfast for your group on a camp stove, and fall asleep listening to marmots whistle and wind blowing through lodgepole pines. As you travel from camp to camp, you’ll do all these things and more while learning the skills to live comfortably in the wilderness.

On top of these outdoor skills, practicing leadership will be a focus of this course. You and your group will work on skills like communication, decision making, and risk management as you meet new challenges, like choosing a route or resolving an argument. These are the experiences that will help you find your leadership style, experiences you’ll draw on for the rest of your life. More than anything, choosing this expedition is choosing to build experiences that will prepare you to lead, no matter where you find yourself.

Course Dates

12 courses

Jun 6 - Jul 5, 2023

$7,060

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Jun 8 - Jul 7, 2023

$7,060

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Jun 12 - Jul 11, 2023

$7,060

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Jun 29 - Jul 28, 2023

$7,060

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Jul 17 - Aug 15, 2023

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Jul 20 - Aug 18, 2023

$7,060

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Jun 3 - Jul 2, 2024

$7,340

Jun 6 - Jul 5, 2024

$7,340

Jun 10 - Jul 9, 2024

$7,340

Jun 27 - Jul 26, 2024

$7,340

Jul 15 - Aug 13, 2024

$7,340

Jul 18 - Aug 16, 2024

$7,340

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What Our Grads Say

“On top of Wind River Peak; Well aware of where I stood, I realized I had the power to accomplish extraordinary things and affect the world around me, and this realization ignited a confidence that stands strong today. NOLS gave me so much confidence in who I am and what I can do. My limits have stretched a vast degree and I have realized I have greater potential than I may give myself credit for.” 

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