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NOLS Leader Summer 2011

NOLS Leader Summer 2011

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July 2011 • Volume 26 • Number 3 Published three times a year in March, July, and November. NOLS Then and Now, A Damn-Fool Idea, Alumni Profile, Wild Side of Medicine, Issue Room
July 2011 • Volume 26 • Number 3 Published three times a year in March, July, and November. NOLS Then and Now, A Damn-Fool Idea, Alumni Profile, Wild Side of Medicine, Issue Room

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A Science Teacher Treks the Arctic 20
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ummer at NOLS is flled with the anxious en-ergy o students departing or the wilderness andthe exuberant spirit o students and instructors re-turning rom the feld While we have students inthe feld year-round, the boreal summer is still ourpeak season and the zenith o energy and activity atNOLS as well as a reminder that the most signifcantcontributor to course outcomes are the NOLS ac-ulty who teach and lead our programsIn act, prior to jumping into our busy sum-mer season, over 160 aculty rom across the globemet in Lander to both expand and share their wis-dom, knowledge, and experience on a range o top-ics, including leadership, educational eectiveness,evidence-based curriculum, wilderness steward-ship, and risk management To urther inspire us,educators, astronauts, NOLS trustees, authors, ad-venturers, and Forest Service leaders made presenta-tions on timely topics Beore and ater the Faculty Summit we held training and knowledge-sharing workshops or sta on rock rescue, river crossing,y-fshing, and more Throughout the Summit, I was impressed to observe the powerul commitmentour aculty have to continued training and buildingtheir knowledge base, and I was reminded again thatNOLS aculty are clearly the best in the feld o out-door and wilderness educationI had another opportunity to connect with ouraculty ollowing a recent Trustee meeting in Alaska, when we also celebrated the 40th anniversary o thefrst NOLS Alaska course Following our meeting,the majority o our Trustees carved out time romtheir busy lives to enjoy an abbreviated sea kayak course in Prince William Sound and sample ourcurriculum, rom sea kayaking skills to fshing and wet weather camping to natural history The aculty  working these courses—Donna Ford, Darren Rora-baugh, Oscar Manguay, and Yuriria Herndandez Alarcon—provided their own story line Donna andDarren have been with NOLS or over 30 years andare consummate sea kayaking experts Donna wascourse leader on the frst NOLS course I workedin 1981 Oscar and Yuriria are stars out o our seakayaking program in Mexico and have also workedaround the world or NOLS in various administra-tive capacities This lineup was a reminder o thetalented, dedicated, diverse, experienced, un, andcommitted sta who make up our aculty While Ihave been in the Sound many, many times beore,I was once again able to take home new knowl-edge and new skills, a hallmark o a NOLS educa-tionI think it’s time or all o you to reacquaintyourselves with the all-star NOLS aculty Join us oranother course or an alumni trip We look orwardto seeing you again at NOLS John Gans, NOLS Executive Director
Thr thosand ld ws ndr on tnt: 160 faclt fro across th lob athrd ths sprn to b nsprd at orFaclt St.
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 John Gans
NOLS Execuve Drecor
 July 2011 • Volume 26 • Number 3
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 nonproftschool 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 to theleader@nolseduor call (307) 332-8800 Alumni can direct addresschanges to alumni@nolsedu or (800) 332-4280 Forthe most up-to-date inormation on NOLS, visit wwwnolsedu or e-mail admissions@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
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SUMMER 2011
And . . . Acon!
Zach Gilford Sizes Up the Hollywood Scene 
By Amy RATHke, NOLS DeveLOPmeNT COmmuNiCA-TiONS COORDiNATOR
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hen was the last time you had to treat a emurracture? For Zach Gilord, it is all in a day’s work As a cast member on ABC’s television series
Off the Map
, a medical drama based in remote ruralSouth America, Zach requently starred in scenesrequiring his character to think quickly and makesound medical decisions But unlike ellow castmembers, Zach brought something unique to thetable: real wilderness experience rom NOLS andhands-on wilderness medical training rom WMIGrowing up outside Chicago, Zach spent hissummers at camp in Michigan “I always wanted tolead trips or my camp,” he says, “but they wouldn’thire me until I was 21” So then 20-year-old Zachdecided to take a NOLS Pacifc Northwest OutdoorEducator course I he couldn’t lead trips right then,at least he could get the training to lead trips later“Even though he was the youngest student onthe course, he was unny and charismatic,” recallsNOLS Pacifc Northwest Director Chris Agnew,one o Zach’s instructors “Everyone loved him”Following that summer, Zach certifed as a Wilderness First Responder through WMI Hethen worked or seven seasons or AdventuresCross-Country, an outdoor travel program or teens,leading trips rom Yosemite to Alaska to Hawaii“I just love being outside,“ he says “Sharing thesethings with people or the frst time, I’ve never seenanyone whose eyes didn’t literally light up”But it wasn’t leading youth expeditions thatmade Zach amous It was his role as high schoolootball quarterback Matt Saracen in the critically acclaimed NBC television series
Friday Night Lights 
 and later as Dr Tommy Fuller on
Off the Map
 Healso recently played Gus Oviston in the flm adap-tation o 
The River Why 
and has starred in severalother eature-length flmsCombining his love or the outdoors with anacting career hasn’t been simple or Zach Thesummer ater signing with an agent and a man-ager, Zach led trips in the Rockies and the GrandCanyon Explaining that he would only have accessto his phone every three weeks didn’t go over very  well Zach was met with disbelie and conusion“What do you mean? You’ll check your phone atnight, right?” his representatives asked, perplexedBut these days it’s less jarring or his agent, managerand publicist when Zach heads into the backcoun-try “I’ve kind o taken all these people I work within this weird, sometimes disgusting industry, andmade them part o my team,” says Zach “And now they get it They get me” Although these days Zach doesn’t spend entiresummers in the wilderness, he still brings his wilder-ness training to the set When working on a flm ortelevision show, an urban version o the possibilitiesbag is never ar rom his side “On set everybody makes un o me—I take my backpack everywhere,”he says He keeps all the predictable items close athand, including a water bottle, a book, a clean t-shirt,and his avorite snack “The last two months I’ve beenaddicted to peanuts,” he admits “Don’t worry, I pour,I don’t stick my hand in the bag!”Working on the set o a medical drama wasespecially ulflling to Zach, who was probably the only actor who showed up with WMI medicalscenarios running through his head “I think ourmed tech on the show got a little annoyed with me,”Zach says sheepishly “She was great—she was anurse, she knows medicine and she knew what she was doing But the thing was, she was used to doingit all in a hospital”So when it came time to set up one scene, Zachliterally did a “scene size-up” Directed to move his“patient” rom a stable position underneath a treebeore he—the doctor—could prep his splintingmaterials, Zach said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Thisguy’s leg is broken—that’s a serious injury Why  would I pull him out and then get everything ready?Especially because I’m probably going to need tomake a traction splint” Needless to say, the set med-ical technician was not amusedFrom changing medical drama scripts to be WMI-compliant to making sure he has everything with him when he gets “stuck” on set to orcing castmembers to hold out their hands when they wantsome o his snacks, Zach is working hard to teachNOLS and WMI lessons in the unlikely settingo Hollywood And the next time he has the timebetween projects, we might just see him on anotherNOLS course
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Directed to move his “patient”  from a stable position underneath a tree before he could prep his splinting materials, Zach said,“Whoa! This guy’s leg is broken—that’s a serious injury.Why would I pull him out and then get everything ready?” 
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