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photo of m. strongMichael 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 development courses (Adventure Education and Principles of Outdoor 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.

E-mail: michael

photo of d. croweDaniel Crowe - instructor 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 Sport Climbing, Rock Climbing 1, 2, and 3, Route Setting, our technical rescue courses, 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.

E-mail: dan

Chuck Woodward - career non-tenure track faculty

From: Louisville, Kentucky

Responsibilities: Chuck currently teaches our Bouldering courses at the indoor climbing wall, and is the Assistant Manager of this facility.

Background: In the year 1992, Chuck began wandering. In the year 2000, he rambled into Oregon and posted up in Eugene. While attending the University of Oregon, he managed to get a degree in jazz composition despite spending an inordinate amount of time in the backcountry with the Outdoor Pursuits Program. Though an avid boulderer, he has been spotted in a harness. In his dreams, Chuck spends his time touring with his band, climbing, and skiing all over the West Coast. In reality, Chuck is working towards his dreams.

E-mail: chuck


anneAnne Borland - career non-tenure track faculty

From: originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (converted Oregonian since 1986)

Responsibilities: Anne teaches Rock Climbing 1 and 2 at our indoor climbing wall, as well as Mountainering.

Background: Anne works as a graphic designer, experiential educator and outdoor instructor and holds degrees in telecommunications and film, and graphic design. She contracts as an outdoor instructor, ropes course facilitator and freelance artist. In her spare time and spare change Anne loves to wander the globe, although more currently the neighborhood, in search of new and exciting adventures and images.

E-mail: anne

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Max Tepfer - career non-tenure track faculty

From: Eugene, Oregon

Responsibilities: Max is an AMGA certified rock guide who teaches rock climbing at our indoor climbing wall, Introduction to Lead Climbing, and Swiftwater Safety.amga logo

Background: Growing up in Eugene provided Max with the opportunity to embrace countless outdoor pursuits, which he squandered until age 16 at which point he joined a local high school mountaineering club called the 'Iceaxemen'. After that, he knew that he wanted to work in theoutdoors and ended up enrolling at the University of Oregon as an undergrad, taking courses in the OPP's Outdoor Leadership Program, and volunteering at Iceaxemen as an instructor. Later on, he started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a Climbing and Mountaineering instructor. Currently Max splits his time between working with the OPP and guiding with Timberline Mountain Guides. When not working, Max spends his time playing on rocks, in the mountains, and occasionally on frozen waterfalls.

E-mail: max

dustinDustin Dawson - career non-tenure track faculty

From: Santa Cruz mountains, California

Responsibilities: Dusting teaches Environmental Education 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.

E-mail: dustin 

Andreas'bioAndreas Rossberg - career non-tenure track faculty

From: A native Oregonian since 1970

Responsibilities: Andreas teaches Rock 1 and Rock 2 climbing courses 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.

E-mail: andreas

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