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New branch in New Zealand welcomes first two semesters

Students on New Zealand Fall Semester Section 1 - 9/12/2013 and Section 2 - 9/12/2013, the first two semesters of the Boreal Autumn season, arrived to the branch in Aniseed Valley on Thursday 12th of September. After two days of prep at the branch, the two groups departed for the town of Kaikoura to learn more about the local culture. They will visit a Maori marae (meeting house) in the town of Kaikoura. Activities will include learning about Maori customs and traditions, a short hike, collecting shellfish on the beach and learning some Maori words and phrases. 

Students began their in-town briefing days with a huge rations-packing effort; they measured, weighed and bagged hundreds of kilos of food that they will eat over the next 77 days. The second briefing day was focused on equipment. Each student spends time with an instructor and then with the Equipment Manager sorting out what gear they've brought and what they need to rent or buy. These were the first groups ever to prep at our new facility which was exciting for all of us.

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New Zealand Fall Semester - Section 1 students and their mountaineering instructors

Next, New Zealand Fall Semester Section 1 is off to the Arrowsmith Mountains for mountaineering.The group left the branch carrying Ration #1 -- enough pasta, spices, hot cocoa, ramen noodles, scroggin for 9 days. Their next ration period will be delivered to them out in the bush via helicopter. See below for a course calendar.

 

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New Zealand Fall Semester 2 students and their sea kayaking instructors

New Zealand Fall Semester Section 2 now departs to the Marlborough Sounds for sea kayaking.They are carrying everything they need for the 25-day section: all their food, fuel, equipment and more. See below for a course calendar.

NZSF-1 Course Calendar 
12-13 Sept: Briefing/prep time at the NOLS Branch in Aniseed Valley
14-15 Sept: Cultural section in Kaikoura
16 Sept to 9 Oct: Mountaineering
9-10 Oct: Intown switch
11 to 30 Oct: Sea Kayaking
30-31 Oct: Intown switch
1 to 26 Nov: Hiking
26-27 Nov: Clean-up/de-issue/graduation at the NOLS Branch in Aniseed Valley

NZSF-2 Course Calendar 
12-13 Sept: Briefing/prep time at the NOLS Branch in Aniseed Valley
14-15 Sept: Cultural section in Kaikoura
16 Sept to 9 Oct: Sea Kayaking
9-10 Oct: Intown switch
11 to 31 Oct: Mountaineering
1 Nov: Field switch
2 to 26 Nov: Hiking
26-27 Nov: Clean-up/de-issue/graduation at the NOLS Branch in Aniseed Valley

 

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Two buses, plus two trailers, plus 20 students, roll out of the new New Zealand branch


| Posted by Amy Davidson on Sep 13, 2013

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