- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: High School, College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: August, September
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Other, Tents
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
Spend a semester in the Rockies. This course will be your opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor skills and earn a Wilderness First Aid certification. Skills may include a combination of rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, canyoneering, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. You’ll find plenty of support and new challenges with our experienced instructors whether you’re a beginner or an experienced outdoorsperson.
A NOLS semester focuses on the hands-on application of new skills and learning through direct feedback, whether you’re climbing a sandstone crack, identifying animal tracks and wildflowers, or practicing leading and following your peers. A foundational course goal is building an inclusive community with your peers. Learning the value of teamwork, you will tackle group challenges and achieve common goals. This course will take you from the high peaks of Wyoming to the red canyons of Utah.
Your semester will consist of four different outdoor activities—a combination of backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, river travel, canyon travel, or winter backcountry skiing—and one wilderness medicine course from NOLS Wilderness Medicine—Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR).