A pretty bold statement, I know. But that’s exactly how I felt after going on my first extended backpacking trip – a 14-day hike in the Wind River Wilderness Range in the western region of Wyoming in July of this year. It truly changed. my. life.
This wasn’t just any backpacking adventure – it was a NOLS course. The National Outdoor Leadership School, based out of Lander, WY, has been around since 1965 and has trained outdoor leaders in technical outdoor skills, risk assessment and decision-making, and ethical and environmental best practices ever since. And boy, do they do it well.
My NOLS trip was by far one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. I returned back to “civilization” with a new outlook on life, nature, the environment, and myself.
As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be asked to share my experiences about my life-changing adventure for NOLS.edu blog. The article is now live on the site. Please check it out!
If you ever have the opportunity to take a NOLS course, do not hesitate. You will not regret it. I promise.
Have you had a similarly life-changing experience with nature? Tell me about it in the comments section below!