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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust. #nols #packrafting #alaska #classroom #learn #discover

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust. #nols #packrafting #alaska #classroom #learn #discover

Happy Friday! Go out there this weekend and chase your dreams. Can anyone tell us who these guys are? Hint: they helped shape how people view wilderness and outdoor recreation here in the U.S.

Happy Friday! Go out there this weekend and chase your dreams. Can anyone tell us who these guys are? Hint: they helped shape how people view wilderness and outdoor recreation here in the U.S.

How happy are you that it’s Friday?! What adventures do you have planned for the weekend? #NOLS #alaska #happy #weekend

How happy are you that it’s Friday?! What adventures do you have planned for the weekend? #NOLS #alaska #happy #weekend

Get out of that poorly-lit classroom and take a semester with NOLS. Communication, a tolerance for uncomfortable and difficult situations, and the opportunity to lead your peers through the backcountry are just a few of the things you’ll learn and gain proficiency with on your semester. Don’t wait…apply now! — Pictured here, Pablo Miranda Ojeda teaches the finer points of rappelling on a rock climbing course in the Wind River Range, WY. #nols #mountains #climbing #abseiling

Get out of that poorly-lit classroom and take a semester with NOLS. Communication, a tolerance for uncomfortable and difficult situations, and the opportunity to lead your peers through the backcountry are just a few of the things you’ll learn and gain proficiency with on your semester. Don’t wait…apply now! — Pictured here, Pablo Miranda Ojeda teaches the finer points of rappelling on a rock climbing course in the Wind River Range, WY. #nols #mountains #climbing #abseiling

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."— John Muir. Photo by Katie Duntley #nols #nolsmexico #sailing #ocean #sunset

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."— John Muir. Photo by Katie Duntley #nols #nolsmexico #sailing #ocean #sunset

"The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness."
—Arne Naess  #pacificnorthwest  #ice #climbing #adventure Photo by Willy Oppenheim

"The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness."
—Arne Naess #pacificnorthwest #ice #climbing #adventure Photo by Willy Oppenheim

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