• The mountains surrounding Haines and Skagway receive the greatest annual snowfall on the planet. The epic terrain and massive snowfall . . .

  • IWLS is dedicated to developing confident, competent, climbers. Using a “hands on” approach . . .

  • From the high altitude peaks of South America to the world’s largest non-polar ice cap in coastal Alaska . . .

The International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) is an outdoor school that specializes in providing the highest quality guide training, outdoor leadership training, wilderness education, and technical instruction.

IWLS leadership programs take place in some of the world’s most alluring wilderness, from glacier-capped mountains in South America to the wild rivers of Alaska to Africa’s wildlife-filled savannas. The programs include technical training in alpine mountaineering, sea kayaking, rafting, canoeing, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing/snowboarding, backpacking, and more.

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IWLS became a premier Outdoor Leadership School by receiving accreditation through the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) in November 2008. Accreditation by the AEE means that IWLS meets the highest standards for safety, risk management, instructor training and programming in the field of outdoor leadership education.

IWLS instructors are widely recognized as some of the very best in their field and have practical leadership experience from around the globe. They are well trained and have an uncommon enthusiasm for sharing their skill and knowledge, borne out of a passion for outdoor exploration.

We also conduct a spectrum of rescue and professional training courses. These programs include avalanche courses, crevasse rescue, swift water rescue, and high angle rescue for individuals and professional groups like search and rescue teams, government agencies, outdoor guide services and professional educators.

All IWLS programs are available for College Credit. In addition to scholarships, students can use Federal Financial Aid, Americorps Education Awards and the GI Bill through one of our affiliate Colleges or Universities towards tuition costs.

International Wilderness Leadership School programs are exciting, diverse, comprehensive and fun. We invite you to join us for an unparalleled wilderness learning experience!