Explore the best of Utah & Nevada! These series of exciting adventure activities challenge students in one of the most diverse places on earth. Backcountry skills and outdoor education combine for a complete wilderness experience!
This comprehensive multi-sport course is the perfect setting to achieve your goals whether you are looking to hone your technical abilities for a lifetime of outdoor exploration, expand your leadership skills, or have a fun, exciting adventure with friends.
THE INSTRUCTORS AND GUIDES OF IWLS 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 are specialist at taking young adults into the wilderness and facilitating experiential education.
The International Wilderness Leadership Schools’ educational model nurtures leadership development and creates a fun, learning environment for students to grow and excel as a group in the outdoors. Students develop leadership skills used to face challenges and solve problems in unique wilderness environments. The self-confidence and self-reliance garnered from these experiences last a lifetime.
THE IWLS GENERAL CURRICULUM outlines the essential components for effective outdoor leadership. Here are a few points that the course will focus on.
- Environmental Ethics: As adventurers in some of the most pristine environments on the planet, it is our duty to respect the natural world. All of our courses practice and teach Leave No Trace® principles.
- Basic Camping Skills: Mastering these essential skills will prove valuable whether you are pitching a tent in gale force winds or melting snow for drinking water.
- Equipment/Clothing Selection and Use: You’ll learn to choose the right gear for the correct application, whether enjoying a sunny afternoon on a snow slope or trekking through a tropical rainforest.
- Navigation: Learn how to take a bearing, read a topographical map, triangulate your position, or navigate in a whiteout.
- Geology: From plate tectonics to granitic batholiths, you’ll learn the history of the land you are exploring and how these forces create and influence the environment around you.
Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering The skiing and snowboarding in Utah is renowned throughout the world. Deep snowpack, dry powder and incredible mountain terrain make the Utah and Nevada courses the premiere location for learning backcountry skills.
Rock Climbing Notch Peak, located in Utah’s west desert, is home to the largest limestone face in the continental U.S. Plenty of sunshine and a massive sea of rock offers endless amounts of crack, face and slab climbing. This idyllic area is perfect to hone rock climbing technique, anchor placements, and multi-pitch climbing.
Backpacking & Canyoneering The canyon country of the desert southwest is famous for its beautiful red rock canyons, unique topographical formations and landscapes. IWLS students rappel narrow slot canyons, backpack through towering needles of red rock and learn about the fragile desert ecosystem as they explore this wilderness playground.
Ice Climbing The balance of cold winter temperatures and sunshine make ice climbing in Utah’s Wasatch mountains some of the best in the country. Provo canyon and the surrounding areas have everything from moderate topropes to technical multi-pitch routes.
Experience Level: No previous experience is necessary for this course. However, with a desire to learn and an enthusiasm for adventure, you’ll develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of wilderness exploration.