Rocky Mountain Instructor Course

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Rocky Mountain Instructor Course

The Wind River mountain range is the place Paul Petzoldt chose for the first NOLS course in 1965, and we have trained instructors here ever since. Your Rocky Mountain Instructor Course will build on the technical outdoor skills you already have as you fine-tune your teaching skills through an in-depth examination of the NOLS curriculum. This 24-day course includes leadership training, a backpacking expedition, and basic training for setting up and managing top-rope climbing and rappelling with students. Successful completion of the instructor course will prepare you to work wilderness backpacking courses for NOLS.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 INSTRUCTOR COURSES ARE NOW OPEN.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019. Take a look at the FAQs to learn more about instructor courses with NOLS.

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Dates

Dates

2020 Dates

April 28 – May 21, 2020

Tuition: $2,995

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$2,995
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Leadership
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Certifications

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned

Backpacking

Rock Climbing

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification

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What Our Grads Say

“The most amazing aspect of NOLS wilderness expeditions is they function like little microcosms of life. Put people together for an extended period of time, with internal and external stresses, and see how they react. The lessons gleamed from those interactions are not only applicable to the moment; they are transferable to life back at home, work and with friends”

– Kori R., NOLS Instructors Course grad

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