Meet the OPP Instructors
|Michael Strong- program director and senior instructor 2
From: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Responsibilities: Michael directs the operations of the Outdoor Pursuits Program, trains outdoor leaders and teaches a variety of outdoor pursuits courses. Michael's main teaching focus is on the gateway course, Wilderness Survival, and professional leadershipl development courses (Leadership Dynamics and Field Leadership). Michael also teaches Backpacking, Backcountry Survival, Backcountry Navigation, and Snow Camping.
Background: For a detailed description of Michael's background, education, professional experience and interests check out his resumé.
Daniel Crowe - senior instructor 1 and rock climbing wall manager
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Responsibilities: Dan manages the indoor climbing wall in the Student Recreation center and is our technical specialist. He teaches Rock Climbing 1, Rock Climbing Fitness, Outdoor Rock Climbing, as well as our technical rescue courses (Basics of Technical Rescue,Backcountry Rescue Techniques, and Vertical Rescue), Backpacking, Mountaineering, and Avalanche Safety.
Background: Dan has been involved in climbing since the early 1990's, starting in the retail side of the industry before migrating to the competitive side of the sport. He has set routes for the ASCF and coached a successful climbing team competing at a national level. In the mid 1990's he began his career as a professional guide in Central Oregon. Seeing the need for guided trips in Western Oregon, he created his own guiding company, "Boulderdash" based out of Eugene. Dan loves going on adventures around the world with his wife Janiece and two kids in his free time.
Anne Borland - senior instructor 1 - career non-tenure track faculty
From: originally from Houston and Philadelphia but an Oregonian since 1986
Responsibilities: Anne teaches Rock Climbing 1, Rock Climbing Fitness at our indoor climbing wall, as well as Mountainering and Swiftwater Safety.
Background: Anne is a professional outdoor educator and guide, freelance photographer and graphic designer. She has degrees in telecommunications and film, graphic design and outdoor leadership. She is also professionally certified in many outdoor fields including skiing, sailing, whitewater rescue, and wilderness medicine. Anne also has a passion and appreciation for traveling simply. She loves to wander the globe capturing the beauty while learning and experiencing more about our world.
Dustin Dawson - career non-tenure track faculty
From: Santa Cruz mountains, California
Responsibilities: Dusting teaches Leading in Nature in Spring Term and Backcountry Cuisine in Fall Term.
Background: Dustin has been a part of the Outdoor Pursuits Program since 1990. He was in the very first Environmental Education class taught in the OPP program and co-instructed the course with Michael Strong the following year. Dustin’s primary job is as a middle school science teacher, and his goal in life is to get as many people addicted to learning about science and the outdoors as possible. If you catch Dustin on the trail, you will likely see a camera glued to his eye as he loves taking up-close pictures of nature’s little miracles, or sitting by his backcountry stove preparing a delicious one-pot meal. Yum!
Andreas Rossberg - career non-tenure track faculty
From: A native Oregonian since 1970
Responsibilities: Andreas teaches Rock 1 and Rock Climbing Fitness at the indoor climbing wall.
Background: In 1995, Andreas was introduced to rock climbing during a weekend trip to Smith Rock State Park. For the next seven years, he spent his winters skiing and working as a ski patroller and his summers climbing inthe western US and Canada. Pushing for more difficult grades took a back seat to climbing classic sport and traditional routes as he made his annual solo circuit - starting in the south in April, moving inland in June, and finally northward to Canada before returning to Oregon in September. Andreas lives in Eugene with his wife and can still be found patrolling the slopes of Willamette Pass in the winters and climbing in the summers. In his spare time, he teaches biology at LCC and rigs for concerts and other events around the state.
John Meyer - pro tem faculty
From: Spokane, Washington
Responsibilities: John teaches Bouldering 1 at our indoor climbing wall.
Background: John fell in love with the outdoors early in life and began his outdoor career working as a river guide in Oregon. He has led groups on skiing, climbing, and backpacking trips across the North West, and as a Dive Master in Australia. He competed on West Point's climbing team and segued into chasing classic climbs rather than focusing on extreme routes. John joined the OPP as a student after leaving the Army. He has served with Eugene Mountain Rescue and as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. He is certified in wilderness medicine, whitewater rescue, dive rescue, and avalanche safety. When not in school or on the job, John can be found backcountry skiing, sailing, or fly-fishing.
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