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Leader

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Leader

Joanne Haines Publications Manager Allison Jackson Graphic Designer David Ketai Publications Intern Rich Brame Alumni Relations Manager John Gans NOLS Executive Director The Leader is a newsletter for alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a nonprofit school focusing on wilderness skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. Published three times a year, The Leader is mailed to approximately 50,000 NOLS alumni and an additional 10,000 prospective students. NOLS graduates living in the U.S. receive a free subscription to The Leader for life. The Leader accepts paid advertising and welcomes article submissions and comments. Please address all correspondence to leader@nols.edu or call (307) 332-8800. Direct address changes to the NOLS Alumni office at alumni@nols.edu or (800) 332-4280. For the most up-to-date information on NOLS, visit www.nols.edu or e-mail admissions@nols.edu. The Leader is printed locally on newsprint with a minimum 40% post-consumer-waste recycled content. A paperless version is also available online at www.nols.edu/alumni/leader. We are committed to continually exploring environmentally-friendly production methods.

wHo?s THis?

Recognize this person? The first 10 people to figure it out will receive a free NOLS t-shirt. Call the Alumni office at (800) 332-4280. Last issue?s answer to ?Who?s This?? is Nancy Carson, a grad from 1967 who quickly became one of NOLS? first female instructors.

mEssagE from THE dirEcTor

NOLS celebrates another successful, albeit challenging, fiscal year.

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fiscal year at NOLS came to a close on August 31, so as the last summer students came out of the field and fall semester students commenced their grand expeditions, we were also saying goodbye to the old and welcoming in a new year. Without question, our 2009 fiscal year was a very unusual one. It was a year marked by the most difficult external economic climate the school has faced in its history as well as economic pain and challenge for our grads, their families, and many other communities nationwide. The backdrop to the start of the year was one of near financial collapse and that story line seemed to continue through at least half of the fiscal year. FY09 lacked any clear patterns, and trends often seemed nonexistent or meaningless. It was a year where one month had record enrollment, while another month saw semester enrollment actually go backward. In one month we experienced our greatest endowment loss and another month had our greatest endowment gain. At one point we were canceling a record number of courses and at another point we were adding summer capacity at record rates. But through all the ups and downs, our risk management was consistent and commendable, our course quality did not waiver, the efforts and energy of our students were noteworthy, and the dedication of our staff did not slip. The final story of the year is one that we can be proud of and call a definite success. Most significant, as a school, is that we educated a record number of students in the past year. This record total was driven by reasonable catalog course enrollment and excellent enrollment for NOLS Professional Training and the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI). NOLS Pro Lauren Werckenthien

TabLE of conTEnTs

enrollment rose 66 percent and WMI enrollment rose 3.6 percent. While catalog courses were more challenged, it is still worth noting that it was our third best year ever for enrollment of those courses. This fall marks the ten-year anniversary of WMI joining NOLS and also the ten-year anniversary of the start of NOLS Pro. Both programs have had remarkable growth years in the past, but they are now of a size that a strong growth year has a significant impact on the overall mission outcomes for NOLS. They have been excellent additions that have strengthened our curriculum, diversified our student base, improved our financial picture, expanded opportunities for our staff, and enhanced our overall reputation. With the year now complete and a success, one could make the mistake of forgetting what a struggle it was and how much work went into it. There are innumerable stories of constantly changing plans, sacrifices made, and important decisions and efforts by staff and volunteers around the school. Our branch staff were constantly planning and re-planning course mix and course routes in order to meet the ever-shifting student demands. Alumni volunteers worked hard to spread word of the NOLS mission and recruit appropriate students. Our alumni and friends were generous and driven to achieve our Annual Fund goal, which we successfully hit on the last day of the fiscal year. I can?t give enough thanks to everyone for making it all happen this year. It was a year that demanded the best situational leadership from all of us. With FY09 behind us, our attention now turns toward the future. Clearly there are many opinions about the future of the economy and how it might impact all of us. While we must be watchful, there are numerous reasons for optimism. Our fall enrollment has gone into the field far above our budget targets. Our endowment has bounced back significantly and enrollment for the winter and spring is also rolling in. It is again time to seek opportunities, to recommit to our long range goals, and to continue to move NOLS to our brighter and yet more significant future. John Gans, NOLS Executive Director

fEaTurEs

Avalanche! Be Wary, And Prepared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Boob Tube to YouTube: Video for Advocacy, Education, and Marketing ....................... 6 Voces en la Noche: A First Ascent Expedition in Argentina?s Piritas Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

dEparTmEnTs

Wild Side of Medicine: Wilderness Medicine Courses That Pack a Backcountry Punch . . . . . . . . . . . 4 iSSue RooM: The Meaning of Recovery 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill ................. 5 Q&A: Fredrik Norrsell, NOLS Instructor and Program Supervisor .............................. 8 AluMn i PRofile: Lindsay Moran, CIA Spy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Book RevieW: The Anatomy of Buzz Revisited by Emanuel Rosen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Book RevieW: Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 AluMn i in Act ion: Kerry Kriger, Save the Frogs! ......................................... 13 ReciPe Box: A Variation on NOLS? Rice in Nut Curry Sauce ................................ 14 GeAR RooM: Warm Winter Foot Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 field noteS : LNT Can Mean Diaper Free! ...............................................15 JA BBe RWo c k y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 AluMn i HAPPeninGS ............................................................... 18 BR A ncH noteS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bel Ay off: Trying to One-up My Brother ................................................ 20

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