Category: On Being a NOLS Instructor

The highs and lows, ins and outs, and ups and downs of life as a full time outdoor educator.

October 31, 2023 / / NOLS
May 29, 2023 / / Horses

It’s all the same, only the names will change. . .*  Under towering cumulus congestus a game of cat and mouse, horse and (want to be) rider, catch me if…

February 14, 2023 / / Climbing
August 28, 2021 / / Horses

I lost Luke twice.  He was my first love.  I remember the tears rolling down my cheek as I wrapped my arms around him.  I buried my face into his…

June 29, 2021 / / Horses
April 27, 2021 / / NOLS

Editor’s Note: I wrote this piece, taken from an interview with a NOLS alum, close to two years ago.  The interview was done in the process of writing a NOLS…

March 29, 2021 / / Desert Notes
December 25, 2020 / / NOLS
November 18, 2020 / / Horses
September 23, 2020 / / Horses
August 23, 2020 / / Horses

The phone rang.  I looked down at my desktop and saw a 307 number–Wyoming–but not one I recognized.  I picked it up.    Three weeks earlier in mid-March, NOLS had…

May 26, 2020 / / Livin the dream

From the beginning, I was skeptical. That is what drew me in; that and a desire to be involved. I read the paperwork; the .pdf described various recommended practices. We…

April 26, 2020 / / NOLS
January 27, 2020 / / On Being a NOLS Instructor

I started off with two strikes against me. Water is not my element and Spanish is not my language. Luckily Maija and Fiona were kind enough to take spots nearby…

June 30, 2019 / / Alpine Notes

June 1997 — We spent the overcast and wet day practicing skills.  Placing snow protection, clipping through fixed pro, traveling on a rope team, ice axe use and self arresting. …