Case Study: Flu-Like Illness

You’re one of the leaders of a college outdoor recreation program that is on a hut-to-hut ski trip in the 10th Mountain Division hut system in Colorado. Three days ago, you left the trailhead...

Cultivating a Risk Management Culture in Outdoor Organizations

When it comes to outdoor organizations, risk management should always be a top priority. Whether you"re leading wilderness adventures or running educational programs in the outdoors, risk management is an essential aspect of your...

Donation of $4 Million Paves the Way for Innovation and Growth at NOLS

Thanks to three anonymous donors, NOLS has secured $4 million in new support. These gifts will be used to match every dollar donated up to $4 million, doubling the impact of donations during the...

Gap Year Travel Programs: Adventure and Education

Investing in your future doesn"t have to mean breaking the bank. At NOLS, we never want cost to be a barrier for our gap year students, which is why we offer financial aid and...

Rock Climbing Gear Recommendations from NOLS Instructors

Whether you"re a seasoned outdoor climber or a rock gym enthusiast eager to lead your first outdoor climb, the right climbing gear can make all the difference on your vertical path. Photo by Lindsay Nohl Your...

Case Study: Hyperglycemia in the Mountains

Stan has insulin-dependent diabetes with an insulin pump on a wilderness trip. As his trip leader, you talked with Stan about his diabetes, and he told you about his daily management habits and his...

Beyond Rock Climbing Techniques: Building Leadership and Teamwork

Picture yourself standing at the base of a sandstone cliff, harnessed and ready to ascend — it’s exactly the adventure you’ve been waiting for, so why does a sense of apprehension threaten to cloud...

Top 10 Best Gap Year Programs for Outdoor Enthusiasts

More and more high school students just like you are choosing to take a gap year before starting college. But as you prepare to embark on this transformative journey, there"s a crucial question that...

How to Apply to College After a Gap Year

"In college, my academic advisor told me he thought a gap year should be mandatory and that I was far ahead of other students in maturity and determination. This kind of feedback makes me...

Gap Year Travel Programs: Adventure and Education

At NOLS, a gap semester or gap year abroad is not just a pause in your traditional academic journey — it"s a bridge between where you stand now and where you aspire to be. Photo...