What’s better than backpacking across Wyoming’s Wind River Range? How about packing across it with you and all your gear on horseback. We were contracted by NOLS last summer to produce imagery for their horsepacking programs based in the Rocky Mountain states.
Even if you’re a life-long horse person, an extended expedition with your steed is a daunting proposition. The National Outdoor Leadership School, based in Lander, WY, offers field programs that continue the tradition of horsemanship in the mountains. Students learn the basics beginning with lessons at the NOLS Three Peaks Ranch. This eventually leads to a multi-week adventure in the near-by Wind River Range dominating the horizon.
We spent time in both locations to cover different aspects of their programs. At the ranch, we coordinated with instructors on how they teach lessons and chose those that would translate visually. Once out in the field, our focus was more on the experience of riding and camping in the mountains. It’s truly an inspiring part of the country to do work.