NOLS Semester on the Borders

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Sailing in the Pacific Northwest
Sailing in the Pacific Northwest

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This is one of the most geographically diverse semesters at NOLS.

Your adventure will begin in the desert Southwest, a land of cactus and javelina, and as winter subsides you will move north, to the lush Pacific Northwest with its snow-covered peaks and forested islands.

During the only spring semester that combines both desert travel and maritime skills, you'll experience a wide variety of adventures that will allow you to be a well-rounded wilderness traveler on land and sea.

You'll begin at NOLS Southwest in Tucson, Arizona, for wilderness first aid, backpacking, and climbing, and then transition to NOLS Pacific Northwest outside Seattle, Washington, for sailing and sea kayaking. From scaling a rock wall in Arizona to slicing through the waters of British Columbia, you'll have the time of your life and see just how versatile the NOLS curriculum is.

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NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that will help you step forward boldly as a leader. We believe that anyone can be a leader; it's our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in...