WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton's Michael Giuffre, 21, recently completed an 86-day wilderness expedition traveling between the American Southwest and the Pacific Northwest with the National Outdoor Leadership School.
The trip started with a 20-day backcountry hike through the Gila National Forest and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in New Mexico, followed by rock climbing in Arizona.
From there the students moved to the Pacific Northwest to learn sea kayaking. Giuffre and his course mates quickly learned about the risk management associated with water travel.
The trip culminated with keelboat sailing off Vancouver Island. The curriculum emphasized boat handling and environmental studies. Each student experienced different crew duties aboard the boat.
NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership and environmental ethics.