What sets IWLS apart from other outdoor organizations? The International Wilderness Leadership School has been training outdoor leaders and providing technical instruction for over 20 years. We operate instructional and guided programs throughout the world. They range from instructional rock climbing courses and guided ascents of the world’s tallest peaks to remote sea kayaking expeditions and leadership guide training courses. IWLS is at the forefront of the outdoor recreation industry and continues to raise industry standards.

How much experience do I need for an IWLS course? No experience is necessary to sign up for many of our leadership and guide training courses. All that is generally required is good physical and emotional health and motivation for unique learning experiences. New participants have varying levels of experience. A strong desire to be an active participant and learn new technical and leadership skills are the most important factors for success on an IWLS course. More experienced students will have more time to focus on specific guiding considerations and teaching skills.

What equipment will I need for my IWLS course? We will send you a personal equipment list prior to the start of the course that outlines everything you will need. You may have to purchase some gear, and we would be happy to answer any questions that may arise as to the appropriate gear selection. All group gear associated with a specific activity will be provided.

What will the first day be like? The first day will be an exciting introduction to your course location and your peers. We’ll start with a pre-trip meeting to discuss expectations, outline the next few days, introduce all of the IWLS staff, and answer any last minute questions. Once we’ve all gotten to know each other, we dive right into packing and planning for the upcoming expedition and start working together as a team.

What will the food be like on an IWLS course? A tasty, nutritious, and balanced menu is essential for any expedition. IWLS understands the importance of food and how it can directly affect group spirits. We are accustomed to accommodating different dietary restrictions and healthy appetites. Our food plan ensures scrumptious and healthy food on a daily basis while not overloading our backs. Students will take an active part in menu planning and food packing.

How do I prepare for my IWLS course? You don’t need to be a superstar athlete for your IWLS course, however, a modest amount of physical fitness training will help you to prepare for active participation in the upcoming expedition. IWLS will recommend a variety of books and reading material that will support your course. Reading these materials will help you prepare for the technical skills and environmental considerations associated with this course.

What does my tuition cover? Transportation during the course, quality group equipment, food, and high quality instruction are all included in the tuition fee. Additional costs may include: transportation to and from the course location, personal equipment costs, travel insurance, and college credit fees.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or, if you would like any additional information.