Saludos desde Patagonia
In the southern hemisphere we are getting ready to receive the summer, bees are flying around the campo flores, the Lengas, native beech of Chile, are finally full of leaves and the Semester courses Patitas y Navegantes (SSPM 9/25 1 y 2) are on their small group travels, the last section of the 80 days expedition. Both semester did a Kayaking Section and Mountain Section, traveling in places like Cerro Colmillo, Archipielago los Chonos, Canal Moraleda and Volcan Melimoyu
Chunchos y Concones (Patagonia Year 1 y 2) just finished the mega section of Hiking and Mountaineering, 45 days traveling by foot, now at the Noels Patagonia ranch they are doing a Wilderness First Responder course (WFR). Chulengos (Patagonia Year 3) are having a different program, they already did a WFR, now they are hiking and in a few days they will start the Cultural section of their course. Places were they hiked are Cordon Chacabuco, Glaciar Cañal and Cerro Blanco, all this near the town of Cochrane.
All this is happening while the Nols Patagonia In town staff gets ready for the last transition of the Arqueros y Lanceros (SSPM 10/2 1y2), planed to be done at a campground area near Cochrane. This semester course will soon start the Small Group Travel, meaning that their will hike in different groups for 8 days, throw different places of Patagonia. Places where they hiked and Paddled are Cerro Castillo range, Fiordo Aysen, Monte San Lorenzo and Bahia Exploradores.
Also a LNT Trainer course for Inacap (local outdoor School) just finished after 3 days in the Reserva Nacional Rio Simpson, Cerro Huemules area.
Anyway, the summer its here and we are all working hard to make sure that our Students, Instructor and in-town staff are having a great time in Patagonia.
We are looking forward have all our students back in the Nols Patagonia ranch and hear all the great histories and experiences that they have to share.
The Mountains of El Colmillo range Martin Arteaga M.
Paddling in the Patagonian Fiords Edmilson M. Fonseca
The Mountains, an awesome enviroment, a great classroom Martin Arteaga M.
Beachs breaks, a good place to rest, have some water and take some group pics! Edmilson M. Fonseca.
LNT Trainers!! Martin Arteaga M.
The 12 Days of NOLS
We’ve found the perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit and fight the cold snap with a hearty laugh. Watch NOLS Creative’s newest (and possibly goofiest) release, “The 12 Days of NOLS,” a NOLS variation on the classic tune, to get a taste of the NOLS experience or reminisce about your course! Written with extensive input from the peanut gallery, shot and edited in less than 12 hours, and brought to you with only mild shame, we now ask you to watch the video and sing along.
On the first day of my course Paul Petzoldt gave to me ...
Windpants with a reinforced knee
Two trekking poles
Six dudes belaying
Seven miles a' shwackin’
Eight malt balls missing
Nine quickdraws clipping
Ten backpacks bulging
Eleven toasty hot drinks
Twelve students mapping
Happy Holidays from NOLS
Permalink | Posted by Casey Dean on Dec 10, 2013 in the following categories: Alaska, Alumni, Amazon, Australia, Books, Curriculum, India, Instructor News, Leadership, Mexico, New Zealand, Northeast, On The Net, Pacific Northwest, Patagonia, Professional Training, Rocky Mountain, Scandinavia, Southwest, Teton Valley, Wilderness Medicine Institute, Yukon
NZSF 3 Graduation
NZSF 3 came back to the NOLS New Zealand base on Monday after the last section of their semester. They hung up their mountaineering boots and packed their tents away for the last time. Some couldn't bear to part with their beloved tents so they purchased them for future adventures. They wrapped up their semester with a kiwi BBQ. Then legendry instructor Jim Chisholm recounted the time he fended off hyenas with a bicycle while on a personal expedition.
Students are now all on their way home or enjoying some rainy New Zealand weather.
Check out the Blog post by Instructor Jared Spaulding for stories specific to the mountaineering section
Another Day, Another Dollar
Congratulations NZSF-3 (The Unicorns)
NOLS' Newest Book is a Perfect Holiday Gift: Canoeing
Effortlessly gliding through the crystal clear, smooth water, the canoes’ bow pierces the flat surface and sends ripples outward toward the shores. A single-bladed paddle silently dips into the water, propelling the watercraft further onward.
The simple, yet magnificent practicality of a canoe has been around for years. From the earliest cedar-ribbed and birch bark skinned hulls to the wood-and-canvas construction, and on to the modern-day myriad of ABS plastics, foam, and vinyl that are pressed together and known as Royalex. The materials, as well as the people using canoes, have changed drastically over time.
Nowadays canoes can be found splitting through Arctic waters bumping edges with mini icebergs, crossing the vast Pacific Ocean with help of sails and are still found on small lakes and ponds throughout the world. They are vessels for recreation, transportation, and scientific studies, among other things.
The new NOLS book, Canoeing, written by Alexander Martin and published by Stackpole Books, goes in-depth to explore and enhance the overall understanding of every aspect of canoeing—from planning an expedition and describing in detail the parts of a canoe to water science and river maneuvers and travel. Martin, a NOLS instructor since 2008, has a great understanding of a variety of canoe expeditions and was able to use past experiences and knowledge to create this all-encompassing canoeing book.
The book is the perfect gift for anyone with a passion for canoeing who would like to learn more regarding expedition canoeing, water travel and techniques, wilderness navigation, as well as advanced skills and other aspects that make up the world of canoeing. This book will serve as a great resource with colorful graphics and pictures to help demonstrate and teach skills and concepts. As everyone settles in for winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Canoeing will be a great companion. While the snow falls and the winds howl, read up on everything canoe related and gain more insight and excitement with each page. Then when winter finally loses its grip on the land and the waterways flow freely, unimpeded by ice, you can set off your own canoe expedition.
For those who wish to gain even more canoe experience and skills, a great avenue is a NOLS course. There are multiple courses with a canoeing component that will allow you to build a foundation and further your canoeing knowledge and experience. NOLS has taught canoe travel for the last four decades. Significant canoe components can be found at multiple NOLS operating locations including the Yukon, the Brazilian Amazon, Australia, American Southwest and Alaska. Any of these courses or locations would be greatly beneficial to anyone wishing to enhance their outdoor skills, leadership development, environmental studies and risk management techniques.
NZSF 1 & 2 Semester Graduation
NZSF-1 9/12/13 and NZSF-2 9/12/13 finished their hiking sections and came back to the NOLS NZ base on Tuesday. The semesters ended with a rewarding Independent Student Group Expedition.
The groups finished their semesters feeling very successful in their personal and group accomplishments. When looking back on all three sections they appreciated the different opportunities each skill type offered including leadership roles and personal challenge.
Throughout their hiking sections both groups enjoyed ideal New Zealand summer weather until the last night in the field when it bucketed down rain.
Both groups were dropped off in Nelson Wednesday afternoon happy and healthy.
Patagonia welcomes Season 2013-2014 Adventurers!
THE SEASON IS ON AT PATAGONIA!! We’ve been operating in different areas of this region with tons of good experiences for our students. Semester courses are still in the field after some transitions and the same for Patagonia Year courses. NAWE 1-2 (11/20) finished their hiking course in Cerro Castillo area and El Cordillerano. They spent 10 days hiking, learning leadership skills, and how to live comfortably in the outdoors.
Spring semesters SSPM 1-2 (9/25) after their first section in the mountains around El Engaño and navigating through the fiords around Raúl Marín Balmaceda have transitioned and switched to their next section. Mountaineers now are around Mt. Melimoyu and the Kayakers started paddling towards Isla Magdalena National Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Island,_Ays%C3%A9n_Region)
SSPM 1-2 (10/2) Mountaineers after spending a month in the mountains of Cerro Castillo (http://www.chile.travel/en/where-to-go/patagonia/northern-patagonia/tour/reserva-nacional-cerro-castillo.html), learning technical skills among other leadership and basic skills were able to climb some peaks, go through some high passes and camp in some beautiful locations for a month. Kayakers went to navigate through Archipiélago de los Chonos, were able to cross Darwin Channel and saw Blue Whales, as well as other beautiful species like penguins and dolphins completing an ambitious route of 225 miles long. Right now both courses transitioned and are in the Mountains around Mt. San Lorenzo and paddling across Fiordo Aysén.
Patagonia year courses are also learning a bunch and enjoying their time in the region. PY1-2 (10/19) after finishing their first section doing hiking are in the Mountains around Hidden Valley and the Barrancoso while PY3 (10/14) are learning first aid skills doing their Wilderness First Responder course after successfully completing a month of sea kayaking around the beautiful town Caleta Tortel.
Congratulations to all our students completing their courses and their sections in the field. Keep working hard and enjoying Patagonia!
New Zealand semesters enter final sections
When the students on NZSF-4-9/26/2013 returned to the branch this week for their intown switch (from Sea Kayaking to Canoeing), there was an easy consensus about the highlight of the section: It was the day hundreds of dolphins surrounded the kayaks, leaping and diving and skimming the surface. The dolphins stayed for more than an hour, and if that wasn't exciting enough, the group watched as the dolphins were eventually chased away by a pair of orcas on the hunt. Instructor Yuri, who's been paddling the Marlborough Sounds for four seasons, told me it was the most spectacular display of wildlife she's ever seen out there.
The course traveled in the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds for 20 days. With mild to moderate weather conditions, the group was able to travel 93 nautical miles. Paddling conditions included winds to 15 knots and seas to two feet. Storms with winds up to 45 knots kept the group ashore some days. They had mainly sunny days with a few days of rain. In addition to the dolphins and orcas, the group saw New Zealand fur seal, little blue penguins, manta rays and a variety of sea birds such as terns, oystercatchers, Australasian gannets, kingfishers, wekas, shearwaters, shags, albatross and more. The curriculum in this second section focused on strong sea kayak skills (strokes, rescues and rolling), leadership skills and natural history.
Thank you to student Marilyn Farrell for providing these photos.
And here they are ready to go Canoeing:
We also had a chance to see NZSF-3 last week during their field switch. Our driver picked up the group from the Lake Tennyson campground in Nelson Lakes. From there it was a short drive to the small town of Hanmer Springs where the group camped for one night, cleaning gear, taking showers and meeting their new instructors. We are sorry that were unable to take any pictures at the switch. We will catch up with this group again in early December when they complete their Mountaineering section and return to the branch for graduation.
Meanwhile, I do have one group shot from the Canoe section that didn't make it up on the blog earlier. Cheers!
The final week
The last fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest of 2013 is entering its final week. This group of ten began their experience on September 4th. In the intervening almost three months they've mountaineered in the North Cascades, climbed at Smith Rock, hiked on the rarely visited Nootka Island, and are now sailing south in Desolation Sound. Motivation is still high to make the most of their last seven days.
Keelboat sailing on a NOLS Semester gives students the opportunity to practice designated leadership in a structured yet dynamic environment. For more sailing opportunities at NOLS Pacific Northwest consider the Semester on the Borders, a Sea Kayak/Sail Course, or the new Waddington Mountaineer/Sail Course.
For their final week this group is joined by Kyle Duba, part of the NOLS Creative team, to capture keelboat sailing video footage for a future "NOLS Pacific Northwest" video and a "Sailing at NOLS" video.
Permalink | Posted by Chris Agnew on Nov 18, 2013
Youth Leadership Conference - North Cascades Institute
NOLS 2013 Stewardship Award goes to Myron Jeffs of the BLM Henry Mountain Field Office
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) awarded its 2013 Stewardship Award to Myron Jeffs, outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Henry Mountain Field Office in Hanksville, Utah. The NOLS Stewardship Award, presented annually since 1990, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.
NOLS chose to honor Jeffs for the exceptional role he plays as liaison to the private and commercial outdoor recreation community. Outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes benefit from Jeffs’ balanced and communicative approach to recreation planning. Visitors from around the country and the globe leave the Henry Mountain Field Office with a better understanding of issues facing public lands after interacting with Jeffs, thanks to the high bar he sets for outreach and dialogue.
On NOLS canyoneering courses along the Dirty Devil River, Jeffs visits with every course. He facilitates engaging land management discussions with NOLS students, as well as with other recreation clubs and outdoor education organizations. In that same vein, he regularly facilitates and encourages volunteerism among outdoor recreation groups.
NOLS Rocky Mountain Assistant Director Andy Blair said NOLS students and instructors alike are enthusiastic about their discussions with Jeffs.
“They are impressed with how open, candid, and objective [Jeffs] has been when they ask about various management topics,” said Blair. “These topics range across a wide spectrum including recreational impacts, group size, grazing, oil and gas and mineral development.”
Originally from Castle Dale, Utah, Jeffs has a long history of working on public lands in the west. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Price BLM Field Office, Nevada State Parks and for Utah State Parks.