Outriders instructors are hired on the condition of being aware, responsible and motivated individuals. We combine a sharp eye to environmental systems with a ye old campfire attitude & knowledge. As harbingers of a new adventurous mentality, we come from different walks of life to inspire and empower the youth in our program.
Kyle Purdy is the CEO, Trout Master, and Bus driver. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Globalization and Environmental Policy from the University of Oregon. His valid certifications include a Commercial Driver’s License, PADI OpenWater Diver, and TEFL Instructor. Kyle speaks French, Spanish fluently and is conversational in Arabic and Mandarin.
Alexander Holdaway is an excellent wood carver, tracker and ornithologist. He has a 10 year history in wilderness awareness, outdoor living and education. Alex has attended the Alderleaf Outdoor School and has held staff positions at Trackers Earth, Whole Earth Nature School, Oregon Outdoor Schools and the YMCA. He holds a level 2 Tracking-certification and is journeyman woodworker.
Henry Schmidt- The Youngbuck at Outriders, Hank began with us at a ripe young age of Goon and continues to evade our efforts to bring him back into the fold.
Wayne Dillon- Having just moved to Eugene in an effort to reconnect to more simpler roots, Wayne is an invaluable source of funsies and trickery. He “works” for Outriders on a seasonal basis teaching Blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Or, whatever he does, it usually involves Metal.
Here is how he became Chief Executive Outrider:
From 2008-2010, he attended the University of Puget Sound, studied French language and International Political Economy.
I studied intensively in the Trackers Portland immersion program from 2011-2012 and began a vision process involving the Outdoors, skills and education.
In 2014, I graduated from the University of Oregon Globalization & Environmental Policy.
In 2015 I traveled alone in Spain and Morocco wherein I became inspired to devote my energy towards outdoor education and I founded Outrider Camps.
I continue to develop my educational and small business administrational skills, as well my interests in Traditional Outdoor skills, survival programming, language immersion, stewardship and community resilience.
See you in the Wilds!