Explore the best of Utah and Nevada in a series of exciting adventure courses. Designed to challenge students in a beautifully diverse setting, 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 an exciting adventure with friends.
Our 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 these unique wilderness environments. The self-confidence and self-reliance garnered from these experiences will last a lifetime.
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 specialize in taking young adults into the wilderness and facilitating experiential educations.
THE IWLS GENERAL CURRICULUM outlines the essential components for effective outdoor leadership. Here are a few points that the course will focus on.
- Leadership: The most valuable lesson to learn in the outdoors is our everyday curriculum! With opportunities to be “Leader of the Day,” practice leadership techniques and group management with professional guides and outdoor educators, and more, we will give you the necessary tools to become an effective leader.
- Environmental Ethics: As adventurers in some of the most pristine environments on the planet, it is our duty to respect the natural world and teach others to, as well. All of our courses teach and practice 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 finding suitable 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 through a canyon.
Rock Climbing Notch Peak, located in Utah’s west desert, is home to the largest limestone face in the continental U.S. A plethora of sunshine and gorgeous rock offers endless amounts of slab-, face- and crack-climbing. This idyllic area is the perfect place to hone your rock climbing technique, anchor placements, and multi-pitch climbing.
Backpacking & Canyoneering The canyon country of the Southwestern desert is famous for its beautiful red rock canyons. Within these unique topographical formations and landscapes, IWLS students will learn to rappel into narrow slot canyons, backpack through towering needles of red rock, and study the fragile desert ecosystem.
Mountaineering Learn the basics of mountaineering, avalanche awareness, and technical ropes in Great Basin National Park. Numerous peaks above 12,000 feet and vertical reliefs of 7,000 feet offer an array of climbing objectives. Steep snow slopes, rock ridges, and big mountain terrain amidst a remote wilderness environment make it a perfect location for developing expedition mountaineering skills.
Experience Level: No previous experience is necessary for these courses. However, with a desire to learn and an enthusiasm for adventure, you’ll develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of wilderness exploration.