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Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS)

We would like to welcome ISOLS 2017 to the University of Wyoming and beautiful Laramie, WY. Laramie is home to Vedauwoo, world-class wide crack climbing and fantastic access to a variety of outdoor opportunities. Ranked as one of the top adventure universities, Laramie is sure to have a lot to offer you!

The Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS) is a conference created and run by students, for students. Our mission is to bring together future outdoor leaders and provide them with an environment that promotes networking and an exchange of knowledge between peers from outside their own universities. Those attending ISOLS should expect to hear multiple student-led presentations, engage in workshop presentations, full and half day field labs. This years conference will be hosted in conjunction with our very own Friday Night Bouldering Series, keynote presentations, and guest Athlete presentations. All students are encouraged to attend and invited to submit an Educational Seminar or Technical Clinic proposal.

Save the date and Register today! ISOLS will be March 30-April 2, 2017!

History of ISOLS

The Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar began in April 2003 when Brian Wilkinson returned from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference and decided the intermountain schools should create something that was more relevant to the students. His goal was to create a conference for the students, by the students that kept costs manageable so all students could be provided learning opportunities. From there he created the first ISOLS conference, which was hosted at the University of Utah. In the past it has been hosted at the National Outdoor Leadership School's (NOLS) headquarters in Lander, Wyoming. In 2013, with the reinstatement of ISOLS after a brief hiatus, there were 55 participants from 8 intermountain-west schools.


Thursday, March 30

  • 3:00 - 6:00pm: Check-in at Outdoor Program Office in Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

    • Pick up information packet for conference

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Presenters Meeting (OP Office)

    • Presenters will meet to receive information about their seminar or clinic. Food provided! 

  • 8:00 - 10:00pm: Social Event (8 Bytes Cafe, 207 S 3rd St., Laramie, WY). Discount for ISOLS attendees!

Friday, March 31

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 7:00 - 8:30am: Check-in (OP Office)

    • Receive schedule for Friday

  • 8:30 - 8:45am: ISOLS Opening (Half Acre 115)

    • Welcome

    • ISOLS schedule overview

    • Introduce campus facilities

  • 9:00am - 12:15pm: Educational Seminars

  • 12:15 - 1:15pm: Lunch break (Half Acre 119)

    • Catered Lunch by Qdoba

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm: Educational Seminars

  • 2:45- 4:00pm: Round Table Discussion (Half Acre 115)

    • Meet outdoor professionals

    • Facilitate discussion

  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Dinner on your own

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Bouldering Competition Registration (Half Acre climbing wall)

  • 6:00 - 9:00pm: Bouldering Competition

    • Compete for awesome prizes

    • Mingle with local climbers

    • Cheer on your ISOLS peers!

  • 9:15pm: Film Screening, An American Ascent sponsored by NOLS (Half Acre 115)

Saturday, April 1

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 7:00 - 8:00am: Check-in (OP office)

    • Receive schedule for Saturday

  • 8:00 - 11:00am: Technical Clinics

    • Offsite clinics will depart from OP office

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Lunch on your own

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm: Technical Clinics

    • Offsite clinics will depart from OP office

  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Vendor Expo/ Professional Social (Union Family Room)

    • Check out vendors

    • Mingle with outdoor professionals

    • Heavy Hors D'oeuvres provided!

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Keynote Speaker: Davin A. Bagdonas (Union Family Room), see below for bio

    • Open to public

  • 8:00 - 10:00pm: Closing Social Event (O'Dwyers Pub, 1622 Grand Ave., Laramie, WY)

    • Network and mingle with ISOLS peers and affiliates

Davin A. Bagdonas

Davin A. Bagdonas

Davin Bagdonas is a Wyoming based climber who has dedicated much of his life to finding and climbing the best rock in the world. He has completed over 3,600 first ascents as hard as V12/5.14 across four continents. Bouldering and boulder hunting are his primary focus having explored, discovered, and contributed to the development of hundreds of individual bouldering areas with some of the best athletes in the world—there are few people on the globe who have found as many new boulders as Davin.

Based in Laramie, Davin works full time as a research geologist at the University of Wyoming. He has written guidebooks including Vedauwoo Bouldering, Southeast Wyoming Bouldering Vol 1: Needle Peak, Curt Gowdy State Park Bouldering, and contributed to Wyoming guidebooks, such as Wind River Bouldering. He has contributed to Climbing Magazine, several bouldering films (Uncharted Lines being the most recent), and runs his own blog: ( documenting many of the trips and areas where new boulders have been discovered and climbed. 

Since 1999, Davin has worked on-and-off and advised the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program in all things climbing related. Davin has worked for the UW Outdoor Program as a trip leader, senior route setter, and climbing wall manager. Davin has been a climbing athlete since 2004 with support from Five Ten, Metolius, and Organic.

For more information or questions, please contact our office at: Phone: (307) 766-2402, Email: - (Subject: ISOLS)

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1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3604

Laramie, WY 82071

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