IWLS, Outward Bound, and NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) are the industry leaders in wilderness education, and all offer quality programs; that being said, we believe that the International Wilderness Leadership School is at the top of it’s class in terms of quality of education, available certifications, and economic value.
|Group Size (students)||~6-8||~12-14||~10-12|
|Accredited by AEE||Yes||Yes||No|
|Swift Water Rescue Certifications||Yes||No||No|
|American Canoe Association Certifications||Yes||No||No|
|*figure based on a 24-day IWLS, Alaska mountaineering course||*figure based on a 30-day NOLS, Alaska mountaineering course||*figure based on a 15-day Outward Bound, Colorado mountaineering course|
The International Wilderness Leadership School is a division of Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc., the largest guiding company in Alaska. Our instructors aren’t only teaching IWLS courses, they’re also leading trips around the world in a professional guiding capacity. Our programs range from ½ day Sea Kayaking and Rock Climbing programs to custom multi-sport trips to expeditions on the highest mountains in the world. We love to hire competent IWLS alumni, and do so on a frequent occasion. For more info on employment with IWLS, please click HERE.