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To Get My Feet Wet, or To Not Get My Feet Wet? Lessons in Leadership from the Arctic

To Get My Feet Wet, or To Not Get My Feet Wet? Lessons in Leadership from the Arctic

Last August I experienced two weeks of backpacking in Alaska’s Brooks Range and Arctic National Refuge. It was epic.
By epic, I mean the experience was life changing and unforgettable. It was beyond scale. The scenery was epic – truly, out of this world. The people with which I shared the experience – who started [...]

Epic Adventure – and Longing

Epic Adventure – and Longing

Hi. My name is Shelli. I’m 43 years old. I have been married to Jerry for almost 20 years and we have three young sons, Wolf, 11, Hayden, 9, and Finis, 4.

This is a post about a wife and mother’s longing. It is also [...]

My Brooks Range People Made Me Better

My Brooks Range People Made Me Better

This is Post 2 in a series about my recent Alaska Brooks Range backpacking course.
It was Aug. 6, the afternoon before the start of my NOLS Brooks Range Hiking course. I was in Alaska, enjoying the comforts of the Ah, Rose Marie Bed & Breakfast, in Fairbanks, while waiting for others enrolled in the course [...]

My NOLS Brooks Range Hiking Course: Not a Vacation or Guided Tour

My NOLS Brooks Range Hiking Course: Not a Vacation or Guided Tour

Greetings from my beloved Frontier of Wyoming. I am re-entering upon returning from my National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course in Alaska’s remote Brooks Range and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
For two weeks, I backpacked a country that is so big and unending and wild and spectacular that there is no way I can adequately communicate [...]

Alaska’s Brooks Range or Bust

I leave you with this video blog as I depart for my NOLS course in the remote Brooks Range and Arctic tundra of Alaska.

Help Me? I NEED a NOLS Expedition

Hi friends. I appreciate your readership. I need to ask you a favor. I am trying to win a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) expedition. I entered a video in a contest that ends Friday. I need people to watch the video. (And, if you feel so inclined, please vote/give it a ‘thumbs up’ and/or [...]

NOLS Leadership Navigation Challenge: Fun and Leadership Development Combined

NOLS Leadership Navigation Challenge: Fun and Leadership Development Combined

(Photos by Brain Fabel/NOLS)
I recently participated in a Leadership Navigation Challenge, which was developed and offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School.
The National Outdoor Leadership School – also referred to as NOLS – is headquartered in my hometown of Lander, WY. I was raised in Lander, and I think my only regret in life is [...]