Wind River Wilderness

Lander, Wyoming

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For 14 days, you'll explore Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, a wilderness range renowned for its pristine lakes and rugged mountain beauty. After carrying a pack efficiently loaded with everything you need to the top of your first high mountain pass, you'll descend into a glacial valley and help lead your hiking group to camp. You and your peers will take turns baking pizzas over a camp stove and catching cutthroat trout for dinner. At night, a star-filled sky will shroud your tent as you rest for the next stimulating day of exploration and learning. In addition to hiking as many as 40 miles on and off trail, you'll fly-fish, learn how to use a GPS, summit towering granite mountains, and may have an opportunity to rock climb. You'll master the skills to be able to take your friends and family on outdoor expeditions long after you return from Wyoming.


Duration: 14 Days
Starts in: Lander, Wyoming
Ends in: Lander, Wyoming
Group Size: 8-15
Difficulty: 3/5

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NOLS Prime: 

NOLS Prime Expeditions are immersive 1- to 3- week wilderness experiences designed exclusively for adults 23 and over. Our mission is to be educators, not guides. This means while learning how to climb, sail, backpack and more, you’re getting experience making decisions and mentorship from your instructors on managing risk with your group—with the goal that when your course is done you are ready to lead friends and family on your own wilderness trips! Vacations are great for a week or two away but wouldn’t you rather go beyond?

NOLS Rocky Mountain:

Come join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Start your expedition in the foothills of the Wind River Range at NOLS Rocky Mountain. Here in Lander, Wyoming, the first NOLS students started and ended their Wind River Wilderness course in 1965. Today, our campus is a hub for courses exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Before and after your course heads into the field, you’ll stay at the historic Noble Hotel located in downtown Lander, right near our world headquarters. Then you’ll begin your adventure in the backcountry: you might backpack along high mountain ridges, navigate whitewater rapids, break trail in snow-covered mountains, or navigate some of the most remote glaciers in the lower 48. Depending on which course you choose, you’ll learn one or more technical skills—backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoneering, white water kayaking and rafting, or horsepacking—in the diverse landscapes of the western U.S. Whether you’re ready for a semester-long exploration of the Rockies, a 30-day mountaineering expedition, or a two-week backpacking trip, you’ll find a course that matches your interests at NOLS Rocky Mountain. Our programs operate in some of the most dramatic landscapes of the intermountain West and we strive to provide every student with a positive, life-changing experience.

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