Cleveland Zephyr Outdoor Academy

Category: NOLS


Day 7 – The Edges of Your Comfort Zone

Before leaving camp for the day we talked about habits, competence, style, and life outside of our comfort zone. There’s tremendous transference in these ideas. In the front-country or the back-country, good habits form the basis of things we do every…

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Day 6 – Going Deeper

Opening Up Today was a day of deep conversations. I was told that initially I was “hard to read,” which came as no surprise. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that, and I think it has something to do…

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Day 5 – The Long and Winding Road

For me, the trip became just as much a journey inward as it was a trek through the wilderness. Dimensions of Leadership Separated from technology, I found myself contemplating My Self: my place in the world, what made me uniquely me,…

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Day 4 – Inside My Head

NOLS Coursework The substance of a NOLS course has been astonishing. We’ve covered so many different topics, in such a dynamic environment. Our instructors have been amazing in their ability to tease lessons out of the day’s events, blending the…

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Day 3 – Into the Wilderness

I was the first one up after a full 8 hours of sleep. A parent of two children, I rarely get a full night’s sleep. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I waited for my tent-mates and the…

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Day 2 – The Beginning

A Hard Night’s Sleep I woke at 6 a.m. after a night spent tossing and turning. Nervous, I guess, about what was to come. Was it guilt about leaving my family for a week? Self-doubt? Just plain excitement? I’m still…

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Day 1 – On a Train

Boarding the train at 5am, I wasn’t sure what was in store for me over the next 10 days. I wasn’t nervous so much as I was excited. Excited for the unknown. Excited for an adventure. It had been too…

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