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"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

Here’s one from the archives! Rob & Martha - Rob Hellyer and Martha Newbury Hellyer were one of the first NOLS marriages. “Paul [Petzoldt] always told us never to marry someone without first doing a 30 day course with them.” #nolslove

Here’s one from the archives! Rob & Martha - Rob Hellyer and Martha Newbury Hellyer were one of the first NOLS marriages. “Paul [Petzoldt] always told us never to marry someone without first doing a 30 day course with them.” #nolslove

This Valentines day, we’re putting the spotlight on couples who met while working for NOLS! — The first pair, Anna & Evan! “I walked, sea kayaked and taught wilderness medicine for the school and Evan did everything else, so our paths didn’t cross until he hired me for a month long project. After a bunch of hilarious missteps, we figured out we both loved each other and got hitched last September!” #nolslove

This Valentines day, we’re putting the spotlight on couples who met while working for NOLS! — The first pair, Anna & Evan! “I walked, sea kayaked and taught wilderness medicine for the school and Evan did everything else, so our paths didn’t cross until he hired me for a month long project. After a bunch of hilarious missteps, we figured out we both loved each other and got hitched last September!” #nolslove

"Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest." - Ralph W. Sockman. Since 1965, we have been providing hundreds of thousands of students with rich wilderness experiences. A few things have changed since those early years, but many have stayed exactly the same. Photo by Ken Jones, 1966. #nols #tbt #earlydays #wyoming #wilderness #flannel

"Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest." - Ralph W. Sockman. Since 1965, we have been providing hundreds of thousands of students with rich wilderness experiences. A few things have changed since those early years, but many have stayed exactly the same. Photo by Ken Jones, 1966. #nols #tbt #earlydays #wyoming #wilderness #flannel