By: Neil Howland
Being in the woods for almost three weeks has taught me more about teamwork than anything I have ever done. Going into NOLS I was worried if I would be able to do the hiking or the more physical aspects of it, when really that was the easiest part. Being in the Wind River Range has been more challenging mentally than anything else. Coming together as a team has been an essential part of our success out here in the woods.
While we are out here we get spilt into cook groups and tent groups. You spend almost all of your down time with these people and like it or now you are forced to become close as a group and as a team. The hardship and discomfort you go through is really what brings us together as a group.
While we hike we rely constantly on each other to get from point A to point B. We did a big river crossing for the first time the other day. And to get across the river safely with your pack you need the other hikers in your group to be on the same age and with the goals of the team in mind. You also rely on your team for encouragement too. There have been some hard days when you rely on each other to get through it. Being with the same people and doing the things you do on a NOLS course builds a team.
17 days on a NOLS course has taught me more about team work than anything else I have ever done in my life. On a team you have a few practices per week and a game or two. 24 days in the woods has taught me more about teamwork than anything else in my life.