Greenwich resident completes 30-day NOLS New Zealand course

Scott DeAngelo, 19, of Greenwich, recently completed a backpacking course traveling in New Zealand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Hiking in the Cob River valley

Hiking in the Cob River valley.

On this 30-day backpacking course, seven students and two instructors set out for an adventure in the Kahurangi mountains of New Zealand. The course was broken into four different food ration periods that were delivered by truck and helicopter. During the first ration period DeAngelo and his student group learned the basics of backcountry travel and camping. Theses skills were immediately put to work as the group began to traverse steep and exposed alpine ridges and descend into Cobb Valley. The highlight of the second ration period was a service project that allowed students to perform maintenance on track poles throughout the Tablelands region.

After the service project students ascended back into the alpine country and summited Mt. Arthur on a beautiful New Zealand day. From Mt. Arthur, DeAngelo and his coursemates dropped into the river valley where they were resupplied by helicopter and began traveling on their own without instructors. The students crossed multiple rivers, braved torrential downpours, managed steep terrain and navigated to a destination designated by instructors. Students and instructors travelled a total of 120 miles and gained 11,000 feet of elevation.

DeAngelo and his coursemates graduated from their NOLS New Zealand Backpacking Semester equipped with technical outdoor skills, a wilderness ethic and leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Scott (far left) with his group before they head into the Kahurangi Wilderness.

Scott (far left) with his group before they head into the Kahurangi Wilderness.

About NOLS

The National Outdoor Leadership School: Since legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt founded the school in 1965, more than 254,000 students have graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the leader in wilderness education. Whether through field-based courses offered in some of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world or classroom-based courses, the school provides transformative educational experiences to students of all ages. Graduates emerge as active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. To discover the NOLS experience or to bring a course to your business or organization, call 800-710-NOLS (6657) or visit

Scott in the forefront with his group summiting Mt. Arthur in New Zeland.

Scott DeAngelo (far right) with his group summiting Mt. Arthur in New Zealand.

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