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The instructor team for NOLS Wind River Mountaineering 6/16/2014 takes cleaning their gear before a course VERY seriously. What lengths do you go to before preparing for a long trip?! #NOLS #RockyMountain #mountaineering #dirtdevil

The instructor team for NOLS Wind River Mountaineering 6/16/2014 takes cleaning their gear before a course VERY seriously. What lengths do you go to before preparing for a long trip?! #NOLS #RockyMountain #mountaineering #dirtdevil

Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. THIS leaf has jagged edges. THIS rock looks loose. From THIS place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountains which sustain life, not the top.” - Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance #NOLS #climbing #mountaineering #mountain #cascades #pacificnorthwest

Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. THIS leaf has jagged edges. THIS rock looks loose. From THIS place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountains which sustain life, not the top.” - Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance #NOLS #climbing #mountaineering #mountain #cascades #pacificnorthwest

"It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." - Ursula LeGuin. NOLS Instructor, Ryan Williams, does some scouting in Chicken Coop Canyon in the Gila Wilderness, NM on the 2014 Southwest Mountain Instructor Course.

"It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." - Ursula LeGuin. NOLS Instructor, Ryan Williams, does some scouting in Chicken Coop Canyon in the Gila Wilderness, NM on the 2014 Southwest Mountain Instructor Course.

"There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means." - Benjamin Franklin. A NOLS Himalaya Backpacking course sets up camp on the Birjegang Dhura pass and allows some time to take in the scenery. Photo by Cass Colman. #NOLS #backpacking #hiking #india

"There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means." - Benjamin Franklin. A NOLS Himalaya Backpacking course sets up camp on the Birjegang Dhura pass and allows some time to take in the scenery. Photo by Cass Colman. #NOLS #backpacking #hiking #india

Reaching great heights takes time, effort and practice. Rope ascension is an essential skill that is as valuable now as it was in 1966. Photo by ken Jones. #tbt #nols #climbing #rockymountains #knickers #plaid

Reaching great heights takes time, effort and practice. Rope ascension is an essential skill that is as valuable now as it was in 1966. Photo by ken Jones. #tbt #nols #climbing #rockymountains #knickers #plaid

"I have come to see the nonsense of trying to describe fine scenery." - Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students enjoy taking in the rugged and wild landscape while sea kayaking in Alaska. Photo by Tracy Baynes. #nols #alaska #seakayaking #ocean #water #landscape #scenic

"I have come to see the nonsense of trying to describe fine scenery." - Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students enjoy taking in the rugged and wild landscape while sea kayaking in Alaska. Photo by Tracy Baynes. #nols #alaska #seakayaking #ocean #water #landscape #scenic

“For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness.” -Bob Marshall. Photo by Madhu Chikkaraju #nols #students #hiking #pacificnorthwest #pnw

“For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness.” -Bob Marshall. Photo by Madhu Chikkaraju #nols #students #hiking #pacificnorthwest #pnw

Reelin’ in one worth keeping! Erin & Eli: Met 14 years ago on a Southwest Outdoor Educator course. They have been together ever since and now share their adventures with their girl Delia Jane, who will be two years old in May! They live in Mancos, Colorado. #nolslove

Reelin’ in one worth keeping! Erin & Eli: Met 14 years ago on a Southwest Outdoor Educator course. They have been together ever since and now share their adventures with their girl Delia Jane, who will be two years old in May! They live in Mancos, Colorado. #nolslove

Saying “I love you” from the top of North America! John & Mary: John proposed to Mary from the top of Denali on a NOLS Course. Mary was home in Wyoming, John had a radio, and someone in Fairbanks graciously connected the radio to a phone line. She said yes—that was 26 years ago. #nolslove

Saying “I love you” from the top of North America! John & Mary: John proposed to Mary from the top of Denali on a NOLS Course. Mary was home in Wyoming, John had a radio, and someone in Fairbanks graciously connected the radio to a phone line. She said yes—that was 26 years ago. #nolslove

Jump for joy this Valentines Day! Mandy & Brian: Brian Fabel and Mandy Pohja met at the 2008 Wilderness Risk Management Conference. They have been adventuring ever since. #nolslove

Jump for joy this Valentines Day! Mandy & Brian: Brian Fabel and Mandy Pohja met at the 2008 Wilderness Risk Management Conference. They have been adventuring ever since. #nolslove