We are looking for passionate folks with a desire to learn. Many of our instructors start with limited outdoor experience. We can teach you the outdoor skills you need to know in order to manage risks, but you need to bring grit, a positive attitude and a comittment to grow. Please fill out the application and drop it off at the Outback Office located near the corner of College Way and 21st Avenue in Forest Grove, OR. We are located near Maggie's Buns.
Phil Zook Friesen
Pacific Outback Directer
Outdoor Leadership Minor Director
Professor: Into to Outdoor Leadership, Intro to Rock Climbing, Single Pitch Rock Climbing, Applied Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Leadership Seminar
Phil loves to wrestle with his two boys, go for long trail runs and alpine climb. He has a master's degree in Experiential Education with a focus on leadership development. He currently serves three roles at Pacific Univerity—Director of the Outdoor Leadership Minor, Outback Interim Director and Voyages Coordinator. He is passionate about teaching outdoor leadership and helping students explore beyond preconceived limits. Phil has taken the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) ten-day Rock Instructor course and is working towards becoming a certified rock instructor. He has a particular interest in the connection between climbing and spirituality so if you ever want to get him talking just ask him about these two topics!
As a native Oregonian, rain and greenery have become a necessary part of life for me.
Those are just two of the reasons I chose Pacific for my education. This fall, I will be a senior
majoring in physics. When I’m not trying to wrap my head around quantum mechanics, I take refuge in the outdoors—be it canyoneering, biking, running, backcountry skiing, kayaking,
backpacking, or rock climbing. Last fall, I did many of these while travelling through the
Rockies on a National Outdoor Leadership School course. Apart from becoming a “mountain man,” I honed my leadership skills, baked a lot of backcountry bread, and made great friends. Growing up in the country, I enjoy nothing more than to hike into a forest, sit-cross legged in a meadow of golden grass, and listen to the wind rustle through the clearing. I hope you will find similar adventure and harmony on an Outback trip this year.
Hey, what’s up! I am a non-traditional transfer student. This is my third year at Pacific.. I am an avid fan of all things outdoors and I have a fabulous sense of humor. As a former Marine, I have a proven track record of ensuring that you will have an exhilarating Outback adventure. My studies here at Pacific have been all-encompassing yet focused on a degree in Exercise Science. Quoting Dan Pitluck, “Rich is awesome! One might say he is a boss!"
Hey everyone! My name is Punneh and I have been working for Outback for three years. Myfavorite outdoor activities include rock climbing, backpacking, and trail running. I am going to be a junior this year majoring in International Studies and minor in Outdoor Leadership. I have done trips in many different states and am looking forward to more adventures to come.
Hello world, my name is Ryan Bourgaize and I love working for outback. I am a junior this year, and am working towards my major in Chemistry. I love rock climbing with Ted and mountain biking with Ted. I am from the city of Angels. I am excited to be working for outback and I want to meet all of you!
Hello! I'm Mattie and I am a Biology major here at Pacific, hoping to pursue pharmacy in the future! I grew up in Reno, Nevada, which is not just like Vegas and where we get all four seasons! In fact, its where my love of the outdoors began. Some of my favorite things to do up here in the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest are hiking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and dabbles of other outdoor activities. Although I don't have a specific passion, I am willing to try anything to get out and go exploring! I also co-edit Outback's Newsletter with my dear friend Becca Klassy. Hope you all come out on some adventures this year!
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and then came out to Oregon in 2010 to attend Pacific University. The outdoors have become a big part of my life ever since going on a Canoeing and Backpacking Voyage as a freshman. From there I became a Voyage leader and a part of the Outback staff, looking for any opportunity to learn something new. My passions include rock climbing, mountaineering, and just being in the wild.
Hey there! I'm Kristine, originally from Poulsbo, WA (just a ferry ride away from Seattle) and was introduced to the Pacific Outback family on my memorable Voyage experience. Since then, I've been introduced to adventures I would've never thought of doing without the Outback program. I enjoy going on hikes, riding my bike, rock climbing, and spending time with friends and family. If i'm not outside, you can find me in the pool swimming countless laps. Have an awesome school year, and don't be afraid to try something new! I hope to see you on one of the Outback trips.
Growing up nature has always allured me in multiple ways. As a child, I was always caught exploring untouched earth hidden beyond coniferous tree's and diving into creeks to discover salamanders and fish. Nature has fueled my natural curiosity by allowing me to discover new aspects of living and has allowed me to expand my realm of being by giving peace within myself. Working at Outback I get the opportunity to do a few of my most favorite things: Working with people and expressing my love of the outdoors.
Hello! My name is Hailey Jongeward, and I am from the very rainy but awesome Bellingham, WA! I am a Junior and I have a passion for skiing, and burritos, but I enjoy various other activities as long as its an adventure. I love the mountains, so you can find me where ever there may be some snow!
Becca Klassy's the name. Don't forget it. I meandered to Forest Grove all the way from Portland, I just can't seem to get myself out of the Pacific Northwest. I am a junior at this here Pacific University and majoring in Psychology with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. As for working at Outback, it's alright. Actually it's pretty FANTASTIC. I love rock climbing, it's a big passion of mine that I have recently discovered, but I really love anything that gets me outside, such as hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. If you haven't gotten the chance to yet, be sure to get yourself on an Outback trip! No matter what activity you're doing, being outdoors will do wonders for your mind and body.
Hello all! My name is Autsen and I'm super excited for Outback this year. I'm an Oregon native, born and raised in Portland, and have long been captivated by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I came to Pacific University last fall pursuing a degree in philosophy and quickly found myself caught up in the school's outdoor program. Now I hope to find a career that allows me to spend time in the wilderness, as well as share my passion for outdoor adventure with others. Activities that allow me to spend time on, in, or anywhere near the water are particularly dear to me (especially kayaking), but I enjoy pretty much anything that lets me get off campus and into the back country. I wish you a summer full of adventure, and look forward to meeting you all in the fall!
Ted is the man with a banana guard(from Canada) and sometimes a pop tart protector. His passions include Alpine Sking, Alpine Touring, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Slacklining and Rock Climbing. Although Ted is really interested in everything that inclueds the great outdoors. He is working on on a major in Exercise Science and double minor in Psychology and Outdoor Leadership. Ted is always trying to push the himself to new limits.
Hey folks! My name is Britta and I'm in love with the outdoors! Ever since I can remember, I've been happiest when hiking a mountain, climbing a tree or simply sitting in the sun soaking in the beauty of the world we live in. I'm super excited to be getting involved with the Outback program on campus and be able expand on my outdoor experiences. I'm majoring in Education and German with the ultimate goal of teaching in some foreign country where I can discover new adventures to fill my life with. My passions include backpacking, pole vaulting, bike touring and skiing, but I'm down for trying any new thing thrown my way. Adventure is out there!
Health Professions Campus Crew
My name is Molly Devens. I am a second year pharmacy student at the health professions campus and will graduate in May 2014. I moved to Oregon from central Texas where I went to undergraduate at Baylor University. In my free time I like to bake and I try to run three 5K races per year. I enjoy hiking, running and sea kayaking.
My name is Kiryl Shada and I am a second year student at SPP. I work for Pacific Outback and advocate for the Graduate Students located in Hillsboro. My job is essentially to get the word out about Pacific Outback as well as to encourage Graduate Students to join some of the wonderful trips and activities that Pacific Outback offers. Feel free to contact me or any other graduate advocate during the weekdays on the first floor of HPC 1 or HPC 2, just look for the red and white Pacific Outback sign.