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NOLS Leader 2010 Fall

NOLS Leader 2010 Fall

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The Leader is published three times a year for alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
The Leader is published three times a year for alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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Grad Saves Dad’s Lie
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For Alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School
Season Year
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Fall 2010
Vol. 26
For Alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School
TabLE of conTEnTs
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Recognize thie erson? The rst 10 eole togure it out will receie a ree NOLS t-shirt.
Call NOLS Aluni at (800) 332-4280.
The answer to last issue’s “Who’s This?” is Terri Watson, a feld instructor since 1990 and a WMI instructor since 1999. Terri currently lives in Caliornia.
 When Crisis Strikes, NOLS Is There:
Grads Lend a Humanitarian Hand 
 6Building Community, Building Leaders:
Building Goodness and NOLS 
 7 Wild Silence:
Skiing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 
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 Alumni Profile:
I’ll Take a Davenport on Ice   :
Grad Skis Antarctic Icebergs 
 Wild Side of Medicine:
Real Lie Drama:
A Series of Unfortunate Events on the Inca Trail 
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Issue Room:
Glaciers in Retreat:
The Wind River Range Over 45 Years 
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Pip Coe:
On Fundraising and Friendraising at NOLS 
 Alumni Profile:
Living in the Moment:
Kate Milliken Makes the Best of a Life-Changing Diagnosis 
Field Notes:
Expedition Behavior:
The Finer Points 
Film Review:
 Arctic Cliffhangers 
Book Review:
The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack 
Book Review:
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town
Recipe Box:
 Alexander’s Beanoa Quinoa Burgers:
Packing a Protein Punch
Gear Room:
Be More Avy Savvy:
Buy the Right Beacon for the Job, and Practice! 
Film & Book Review:
, by Sebastian Junger 15
Inspired Nomad 
 Alumni Happenings
Branch Notes
Belay Off:
My Son Was A Hero That Day:
 A Life-Saving Belay on the Bastille 
mEssagE from THE DirEcTor
s the calendar recently turned to September,NOLS completed its 2010 scal year and its45th year o wilderness education The year was a wonderul one and, by most measures, the most suc-cessul year in the history o the school We educateda record number o students, adding over 15,000 stu-dents to our alumni base We raised record philan-thropic support or the NOLS Annual Fund, whichhelped us award record scholarship unds this yearFor the third year in a row, NOLS was named oneo the best places to work in the country by 
magazine We signicantly expanded our studentbase through our Gateway Partners, who have helpedyoung people o high potential and little opportu-nity, oten rom more diverse backgrounds, get intothe backcountry with NOLS Most importantly, ourstudent eedback rom the year shows very successulcourse outcomes and high student satisactionAter 45 years, many organizations get compla-cent But in our 45th year, NOLS has been actively looking toward and planning or our uture Lastall, we acquired the second largest land use permitin Wyoming, providing urther access to our class-room in the Wind River Range We took steps toscout and develop new course opportunities to rollout in the coming year, including an Adirondack Backpacking Adventure Course or 14- and 15-year-old students (see page 13 or more), as well as a new course or this age group in the Pacic Northwest We are also adding a sea kayaking course in Scandi-navia and a 30-day backpacking course in New Zea-land Also targeted or the all o 2011 is a return to Arica, with a Semester in Tanzania Not only are weexpanding geographically, but we have also added anew skill set—packrating—which will be oered with a backpacking course in Alaska Aside rom planning new courses, we also took many other steps toward our uture Our Wilder-ness Medicine Institute (WMI) orged an alliance with Recreational Equipment, Incorporated (REI),through which WMI courses will be oered at REI’sretail stores, making our wilderness medicine cur-riculum more accessible to more people The schoolalso became a recognized provider/contractor by theGovernment Services Administration (GSA), whichshould provide urther opportunities or governmentcontracts Finally, we increased the size o the NOLSlibrary with the release o 
NOLS River Rescue 
and anew spiral bound waterproo version o 
NOLS Cookery 
Key to our success in the past year was ollow-ing the road map o our strategic plan The year2009 was in many ways a survival year and requiredconsiderable ocus on the day-to-day aspects o NOLS The economy and any number o other ac-tors demanded constant change, adjustments, andcreative solutions But in 2010, we launched out o that “present-time” mentality, and our ocus turnedonce again to long-term strategic plan goalsTo celebrate our many successes and gear up orthe challenges ahead, this October we held a 45th Anniversary celebration in Lander, which was well-attended by graduates, aculty, sta, and riends o the school (see page 19 or more) My thanks to allo you or the work, ideas, support, and leadershipyou provided to ensure the quality course outcomesor our 15,014 students in 2010 John Gans, NOLS Executive Director  Joanne Haines
Pblications Manager
 Allison Jackson
Graphic Designer
 Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin
Rich Brame
Almni Relations Director
 John Gans
NOLS Eective Director
November 2010 • Volume 26 • Number 1
Published three times a year inMarch, July, and NovemberPostmaster: Send address changes toNational Outdoor Leadership School284 Lincoln St, Lander, WY 82520
The Leader 
is a newsletter or alumni o the NationalOutdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a nonprotschool ocusing on wilderness skills, leadership, andenvironmental ethics It is mailed to approximately 50,000 NOLS alumni and an additional 10,000 pro-spective students NOLS graduates living in the USreceive a ree subscription to
The Leader 
or lie 
The Leader 
accepts paid advertising and wel-comes article submissions and comments Pleaseaddress all correspondence totheleader@nolseduor call (307) 332-8800 Alumni can direct addresschanges toalumni@nolsedu or(800) 332-4280 Forthe most up-to-date inormation on NOLS, visit wwwnolsedu ore-mailadmissions@nolsedu 
The Leader 
is printed in Jackson, Wyoming, onnewsprint with a minimum 40% post-consumer- waste recycled content A paperless version is alsoavailable online at wwwnolsedu/alumni/leader
Thans to eeryone who oined us in Lander last onth
ound on age 19.
wHo’s THis?
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I’ll Tae a Davenport on Ice . . .
Grad Skis Antarctic Icebergs 
hris Davenport is a man on the move, literallyHe moves really ast, downhill, at high angles,on skis We proled Chris in the all 2007 issue o 
, but three years later, Chris is still up tohis same shenanigans You know, bagging Four-teeners let and right, introducing remote Antarcticpeaks to skis, and skiing down icebergs Yes, that’sright, icebergs And I mean iceberg in every sense o the word—a massive chunk o ice suspended in therosty cold ocean surrounding the Antarctic Penin-sula No big deal, right? RightTo understand what motivated Chris to tackleskiing an iceberg, we’ve got to rewind back to the1980s (think “Ice Ice Baby   ”) A lietime o remark-able outdoor eats began or Chris in his native New Hampshire, and crystallized when he took his rstNOLS course, Wilderness Mountaineering, in 1987The course culminated in a our-day independent stu-dent expedition during which Chris’ group chose toast They hiked 30 miles, drinking only water andeating nothing “I’m still proud o having done thatI wouldn’t be able to do it today, or at least I wouldn’t want to,” he joked “We all had hard times but we su-ered together and pushed through”This undertaking gave Chris a taste o what thehuman body and mind could endure and encouragedhim to continue looking or challenges In 1988, hetook a NOLS Rock Climbing course And the rest,as they say, is history Chris won the 1996 WorldExtreme Skiing Championships and was the rst toski all 54 o Colorado’s 14,000-oot peaks (the aore-mentioned “Fourteeners”) in a single seasonGiven his attraction to extreme pursuits, it’s no wonder Chris ound himsel in Antarctica in late2009, where he, along with skiers Andrea Binningand Stian Hagen, spent the majority o the trip ski-ing the mountain ranges on the Antarctic Peninsulaand surrounding islands, what Chris has dubbed“the last great ski location on earth”And this, o course, brings us back to the icebergNovember 2009 ound Chris hacking his way up aniceberg in Waddington Bay, Antarctica, outtted withice axes and ski boots, simply to descend the foatingmass on skis Why this particular iceberg? Chris’ crew had spent days scouting or a suitable berg on whichChris could saely land using a small infatable Zodiacboat, climb, and then ski down During the search,Chris watched as a ew o the foating mounds eitherfipped over or simply imploded and sunk beneath thesurace Luckily, this berg didn’t do either “Climbingup it was a sensation I can’t describe,” he said “Thething isn’t stationary so the ground moves beneathyou It was enough that my brain was like, ‘What is go-ing on?’ It was a little nerve-wracking,” he added witha laugh Needless to say, the outcome was good:Titanic-0, Chris Davenport-1Given Chris’ track record, there’s no doubt he will keep living the lie he ound so appealing atNOLS “Both courses were huge moments in my lie,” he said “I was completely taken by the experi-ence It really cemented the act that the mountains were my home”Chris’ adventures continue to move him romplace to place Ater running a ski camp in Portillo, Argentina, this past summer (winter in the SouthernHemisphere), he is now home in Colorado promotinghis new book,
50 Classic Ski Descents of North Ameri-ca
For more information about Chris’ iceberg ski expedi-tion, visit www.antarcticseaodyssey.com,or read 
 magazine’s in-depth article at http://outsideonline.com/ outside/destinations/201004/skiing-antarctica-1.html.
Chris Daenort sorting a toothy grin on his
Top Right:
beore descending a reote ea.
Bottom Right:
does he get down ro that assie ice shel?
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Chris watched as a ew o the  foating mounds either fipped over or simply imploded and sunk beneath the surace. Luckily, this berg didn’t do either.
FALL 2010

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