Meet the OPP Instructors
|Michael Strong- program director and senior instructor
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.
Daniel 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, Intoduction to Lead Climbing, 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.
|Jennifer Strong - adjunct instructor
From: Medford, Oregon
Responsibilities: Jennifer teaches Adventure Education in fall term, and rock climbing in winter and spring terms.
Background: Jennifer is an academic coach In Academic Learning Services at the University of Oregon, and owner of Strong Leadership, LLC. A professional facilitator since 1991, Jen specializes in experiential training techniques, helping groups and their members build relationships and improve their communication, leadership and problem solving skills while having fun learning together. Prior to starting her own company, Jen built and managed the Spencer Butte Challenge Course in Eugene, Oregon. A native Oregonian, her main interests include hiking, climbing and recreating with her husband and two dogs.
Anne Borland - adjunct instructor
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.
Scott James - adjunct instructor
From: Newberg, Oregon
Responsibilities: Scott teaches Rock Climbing courses at our indoor climbing wall.
Background: Scott is one of the last graduates from the University of Oregon's Leisure Studies and Services Program, and was a leader in the Outdoor Pursuits Program. He began climbing when Yvon Chouinard still made equipment, camming units were rigid and there were only two kinds of rock climbing shoes. He has climbed, backpacked and biked throughout the Western United States. Scott has extensive experience teaching and coaching a wide variety of skill based topics. Although recently his focus has been on lengthy endurance sports, he still prefers a light pack with short approaches to long moderate climbs on warm granite. He is the owner of Eugene Triathlon Coaching. Scott has taught for the University of Oregon's P.E. and Rec Department since 2001.
Max Tepfer - adjunct instructor
From: Eugene, Oregon
Responsibilities: Max teaches rock climbing at our indoor climbing wall, Introduction to Lead Climbing, and Swiftwater Safety.
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 higschool mountaineering club called Iceaxemen. After that, he knew that he wanted to work in the outdoors and ended up enrolling at the University 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 as an Adjunct with the OPP, working in the field for NOLS and guiding with Timberline Mountain Guides. When not working, Max spends his time playing on rocks, in the mountains, and occasionally on frozen waterfalls.
|Dustin Dawson- adjunct instructor
From: Santa Cruz mountains, California
Responsibilities: Dusting teaches Environmental Education in Spring 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.
|Chuck Woodward- adjunct instructor
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.
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