Byline: Mike Stahlberg The Register-Guard
South Eugene High students Tom Bonamici and Ginny Robbins attended summer school last year, but not because they were behind in their studies.
Both wanted to learn more about the ins and outs ins and outs
1. The intricate details of a situation, decision, or process.
2. The windings of a road or path. of successful outdoor adventures. So they enrolled in separate month-long backpacking courses offered by National Outdoor Leadership School.
Bonamici, a senior who's president of the South Eugene IceAxemen - one of a handful of high school mountaineering clubs in the Northwest- spent four weeks in the wilds of the Absaroka Range Absaroka Range
Range of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. It extends from southern Montana into northwestern Wyoming, crossing portions of Gallatin, Shoshone, and Custer national forests, as well as the northeastern portion of Yellowstone National Park. , which borders Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park, 2,219,791 acres (899,015 hectares), the world's first national park (est. 1872), NW Wyo., extending into Montana and Idaho. It lies mainly on a broad plateau in the Rocky Mts., on the Continental Divide, c. in northern Wyoming.
Robbins, a junior who's also a member of the IceAxemen club, was one of 15 students and three instructors in a course that used remote Alaskan mountains near Denali as a classroom.
The two Eugene high schoolers were among nearly 3,000 students ages 14 to 70-plus trained last year by NOLS NOLS National Outdoor Leadership School , a private, non-profit school based in Lander, Wyo.
Founded in 1965 by mountaineer Paul Petzoldt Paul Kiesow Petzoldt (January 16, 1908 - October 6, 1999) is one of America's most accomplished mountaineers. He is perhaps best known for establishing the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1965. , NOLS is now the largest backcountry back·coun·try
A sparsely inhabited rural region. permit-holder in the United States. In addition to providing experience-based outdoor education, it also owns and operates the Wilderness Medicine Institute The Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (WMI of NOLS) was founded in 1990 by Buck Tilton and Melissa Gray. WMI was originally to be called SOLO West, but was incorporated as the Wilderness Medicine Institute instead. , which specializes in training people to deal with backcountry medical emergencies.
NOLS offers 10-day to semester-length field expeditions in the United States, western Canada, Mexico, Chile, India, Australia and Kenya. The expeditions are centered around activities as diverse as backpacking, rock climbing rock climbing Sports medicine An 'extreme sport' in which the participant climbs rock formations, with or without ropes Injury risk Fractures, abrasions, death. See Extreme sports. , canoeing, kayaking, sailing, horsepacking, mountaineering and skiing.
Each course, however, has the same "core curriculum," designed to teach safety and judgment, leadership and teamwork, outdoor skills and environmental awareness. Students learn about everything from first aid to "expeditionary behavior," or how to get along with others in unfamiliar and sometimes trying circumstances. (Think of the television show "Survivor," without the ability to vote any annoying members of the group off the island.)
Bonamici turned to NOLS because was looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. leadership training to "help prepare myself a little more" for his role with the IceAxemen, which he had helped found in the fall of 2001.
The idea for a school mountaineering club emerged the previous summer while Bonamici and a buddy were backpacking the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier. They talked about what a shame it was that so few of their friends were involved in backpacking and about what they could do to change that.
Back in Eugene, they contacted Dane Tornell, an SEHS SEHS South Eugene High School track coach with extensive mountaineering experience. He agreed to serve as the new club's adult advisor. The club had 14 members its first year and more than 30 this year.
Bonamici said the NOLS course lived up to its promises.
"I think everyone learned leadership skills," he said. "I think everyone also learned a separate component of, you know, patience and teamwork and all these things that aren't taught in a class but are learned on the trail."
Many NOLS courses are open to anyone over the age of 14, but others are restricted to certain age groups. Robbins, for example, selected courses limited to 16- and 17-year-olds.
"I chose to go on a trek with 16- and 17-year-olds because my whole life I've done outdoor things with my parents and their adult friends, and I didn't really know anyone my age who did stuff like that," she said. "So I wanted to meet people I could be friends with ..."
Robbins said the course was "very fun" as well as educational and, on occasion, a little frightening - such as the time they stumbled across very fresh grizzly bear grizzly bear or grizzly, large, powerful North American brown bear, characterized by gray-streaked, or grizzled, fur. Grizzlies are 6 to 8 ft (180–250 cm) long, stand 3 1-2 to 4 ft (105–120 cm) at the humped shoulder, and weigh up to sign.
"We were bushwhacking bush·whack
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1. To make one's way through thick woods by cutting away bushes and branches.
2. To travel through or live in the woods. one day and came upon bear poop Poop
A slang term often used to describe people with insider information.
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See also: Insider Information that was still warm and slightly steaming," she said. "We were so scared."
One of the points covered by the course was safety in bear country.
"We all carried bear spray and had a class on how to use it," she said, and had been trained to make plenty of noise to avoid surprise encounters with bear.
"It was real assuring to know that if you followed the procedures they gave you to do, no one who had followed them and had been in groups of four at all times had ever been attacked by a bear," Robbins said.
The group also had "formal classes on lots of things - first aid, map and compass, equipment repair, effective leadership styles," she said. "We had students who would lead the group for a day or two and then at the end of course we went out on small group expeditions with five people. I was group leader of mine, so that was another chance to practice leadership."
If there was a disappointing aspect to her course, Robbins said, it was that many of her fellow students were not the "hard-core outdoor people" she had expected to meet.
"But I learned a LOT of patience - incredible amounts," she said. "I spent a lot of the trip trying to help other people move along and trying to teach the whole group things I might know that might help the whole group move along better. ... It was really hard at times, but I learned a lot from that."
Bonamici and Robbins get a chance to put what they learned into action during the periodic outings taken by the IceAxemen, such as a recent snow-camping trip to Hayrick Butte at Santiam Pass.
Club members are building up experiences in preparation for a planned summit expedition climbing the north side of Mount Shasta.
Meanwhile, the list of people who have learned from NOLS includes some famous outdoorsmen Outdoorsmen are men who enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping out in the woods. Typically, they live in the northern United States or Canada. Stereotypically, they are flannel wearing, beard toting men like Paul Bunyan or the Brawny paper towel mascot. and outdoorswomen - including David Breashears, director of the IMAX IMAX
a film projection process that produces an image ten times larger than standard film "Everest;" climber Pete Athans, who has successful round trips to the world's highest peak; and Tori Murden, the first woman to ski to the South Pole and the first American to row across the Atlantic Ocean Across the Atlantic Ocean is the twenty-eighth episode of Mobile Suit Gundam. Plot summary
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Several other Eugene-area residents are NOLS alumni. Among them is Guy Santiago, owner of Oregon River Sports in Eugene.
Lessons he learned during a 21-day NOLS expedition have helped him run his business better, Santiago said in a testimonial published on NOLS' Internet site.
"I can sit and talk for hours about the course, even now," he's quoted as saying. "I recommend it heavily to anyone who wants to get a great learning outdoor experience. When I took that course, I had 20-plus years of kayaking experience, and there were a lot of things that the instructors made me remember that I'd forgotten about.
"The course brought out a lot and taught me a lot. It will bring out the best in you."
NOLS courses are not cheap. Tuition for most courses runs $100 to $150 per day.
A course catalog and more details about the curriculum is available by calling (800) 710-6657 or logging on to: www.nols.edu.
Tom Bonamici (right) and Ginny Robbins work during an IceAxeman Club outing to Hayrick Butte. Ginny Robbins of South Eugene High School South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene's city hall. (second from left) with some of her classmates Classmates can refer to either: