I just got back from a trip with N.O.L.S. (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington State. I was one of two instructors for what NOLS calls a 'Trip Leader Seminar'. We had a group of 10 students who ranged in age from 19 to 62. There were 4 women plus me, and 6 men plus our course leader, Dalio.
The thing I love about these trip leader courses is that most of the students genuinely want to lead an outdoor trip of some kind. Maybe it's for their university outdoor education program, for another outdoor school, for their church group, or even for their family and friends. As instructors, we're there to teach...but on this course we're also there to facilitate valuable conversations, share tips and ideas, and be open and transparent in what we're doing and why we're doing it so that they can soak everything up for their future trips.Read More