Astronaut Reid Wiseman on Expedition Behavior

On April 3, 2023, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the four astronauts who will venture around the Moon on Artemis II. Mission Commander Reid Wiseman, Pilot Victor Glover, Mission Specialist Christina Hammock...

How to Find Affordable Gap Year Programs

When it comes to choosing between gap year programs, cost is a major consideration, but it shouldn"t be the only one. Cheap gap year programs might sound appealing to your wallet, but it's just as...

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...

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...

‘Society of the Snow’ and Roberto Canessa’s Life-Changing Experience

NOLS had the opportunity to chat with Roberto Canessa, one of the survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1978. Netflix released a movie, Society of the Snow, about the crash, its impacts on...

Rock Climbing for Beginners: Learn Rock Climbing Basics

Want to start rock climbing but find indoor climbing gyms unexciting and the prospect of attempting your first outdoor climb intimidating? With the guidance of  NOLS rock climbing courses, you can ease into the...

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...

NOLS Outdoor Rock Climbing Course Insights

We often hear inspiring stories from our alumni that reaffirm the transformative power of our programs. Their words resonate with the essence of what we offer at NOLS—an opportunity to challenge oneself and explore...

Wilderness First Aid vs. Wilderness First Responder

So you want to get wilderness medicine training.The two most common wilderness medicine courses are Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  Since you’ll be investing both your time and money in...

Case Study: Slip Sliding Away

Photo by Molly Hagbrand You and three companions are on an afternoon cross country ski of a marked, but ungroomed trail system in the...