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Ben Hicks
(mountainhick) - F

Locale: Rocky mountains
Howdy on 02/28/2009 23:01:11 MST Print View

Ben here, another new guy to the forum. have been a NOLS instructor since 1983. Going lighter and lighter, and eager to learn how to cut it down as far as possible while staying comfortable and with reasonable safety margin. (I'm not giving up my downmat!)

Edited by mountainhick on 02/28/2009 23:11:18 MST.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Howdy on 03/03/2009 04:33:34 MST Print View

Hi Ben,

Excuse the ignorance, but what is a NOLS instructor?

Google shows wayyyy to many results.


Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: Howdy on 03/03/2009 07:02:36 MST Print View


I think they just did an article not long ago on whether or not NOLS is ready to go lighter.

Welcome Ben!

Jeremy Gus
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
RE: Howdy on 03/03/2009 07:10:31 MST Print View

Here's the article

There are some more NOLS articles as well... just do a quick search for NOLS on this site.

Isn't Mike Clelland a NOLS instructor? I know is BPL Staff as well and a great artist.


Ben Hicks
(mountainhick) - F

Locale: Rocky mountains
NOLS Australia on 03/04/2009 17:20:29 MST Print View

Mark, NOLS even has a base in WA That has been in operation for 13 years. Now in Broome.

Cheers mate.

Ben Hicks
(mountainhick) - F

Locale: Rocky mountains
NOLS, light packing and MM on 03/04/2009 17:25:06 MST Print View

NOLS has been making an effort to realize lighter pack weights in general and also offers a few light backpacking courses. To my knowledge there is a partnership with BPL, Ryan, and also golite in this effort.

Yep, Though I don't know him, Mike Clelland is a also a NOLS instructor.

Edited by mountainhick on 03/05/2009 07:31:00 MST.