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GMAS Hosts NOLS Wilderness Safety Training in Stowe

September 20-21, at Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT

GMAS  has been awarded a grant by Move United to host a two-day National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Safety Training in Stowe, Vermont, on September 20-21, 2021.

In the two-day classroom course, participants will learn to plan outdoor adventures with risk management in mind. When one is able to identify hazards, injuries are less likely. And if something goes wrong despite preparations, having a plan sets you up for an effective response.

This course is taught by a NOLS Expedition Instructor. It is relevant for outdoor enthusiasts, guides, and trip leaders of all experience levels, especially those who may venture beyond the reach of traditional emergency services (places with un-reliable cell service, poorly maintained roads… or none at all).


Course Overview

Move United LogoWHEN: September 20-21, 2021, 9am-5pm
WHEREStoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, Stowe, VT


  • Trip planning principles and how to identify life-threatening back country hazards
  • Outdoor leadership and decision-making strategies
  • Emergency planning (self assessment tools included)

National Outdoor Leadership School LogoCOURSE TOPICS

  • Trip planning
  • Hazard identification and assessment
  • Outdoor leadership and decision making
  • Communication
  • Emergency planning
  • Risks unique to solo adventures
  • Working with third party contractors
  • Reflection and post-trip learning


  • All course instruction and material
  • Lunch
  • Hotel accommodations are NOT provided
  • Participants are invited to bring their snacks and drinks
  • Bring indoor and outdoor clothes
  • Click here to view the agenda 

Registration is limited to 20 participants. (As of September 12th, we have 4 spots open) 

The course is free for those who qualify. Priority registration is offered (in order of priority) for: i. disabled veterans and members of the Armed Services, ii. Move United Member Organization staff and volunteers, iii. VA or DOD staff supporting adaptive sports for disabled veterans, iv. any other professional or volunteer serving disabled veterans and members of the Armed Services through adaptive sports programs (at no cost to the veteran). Attendees who do not currently/do not intend to serve disabled veterans at no cost may be permitted to attend if space allows, but will be required to pay a registration fee.

Green Mountain Adaptive Sports representatives and all involved in the organization of this event are committed to comply with current COVID restrictions. We ask all attendees to wear a mask while in the common areas and anytime you’re inside. 

The event will be held in the Beatrice Conference Room which will be clearly marked from the main entrance to the hotel. The final agenda will be available here and sent to all registrants shortly prior to the event. We strongly encourage participants who need accommodations to act soon as this will be a very busy time in Stowe with the start fall foliage season.

This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Do not hesitate to contact [email protected] with questions.

To sign up, please fill out this registration form.


NOLS Wilderness Safety Training

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