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NOLS courses?

Postby mountainsandsound » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:39 pm

Thought this might be a good place to pose this question. I have some scholarship money still waiting to be used from a couple of Americorps jobs I have done. This can be applied toward NOLS courses. The cost would normally deter me, but it's free so what the hell. There are a couple of 23 and over courses that look cool, especially Alaska Mountaineering. Does anyone have any experience with NOLS?

I am a little worried it might be too slow for me, I do have good wilderness skills already, have climbed a few glaciated peaks and lots of other smaller peaks, and feel confident with the self arrest and crevasse rescue practice I have put in so far with friends and mentors. I guess route finding through large, heavily crevassed glaciers and roped travel over steep snow and alpine ice is what I'm lacking most. Not sure if that is a good enough reason to commit to a 14 day course though. Then again, I don't know when I'll be going up to Alaska on my own for some climbing. Any thoughts? What is the pace and attitude of a NOLS course generally? Maybe the money would be better spent on Wilderness First Responder.
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Re: NOLS courses?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:53 pm

You could do a Denali summit trip with them. Should be right about your speed. The pace is pretty much the same as any other guided trip. http://www.nols.edu/courses/locations/a ... nali.shtml. Seems like the best way to spend your scholarship money given your current experience level.
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