OPC Staff

The Outdoor Pursuits Center staff all complete a 10-day Leadership Candidate Training program, in addition to being Wilderness Rescue certified. The senior staff at the OPC lead trips for members of the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center, as well as work at the OPC in the bike shop, at the rock wall, and teaching various skill and training clinics

Meet the Staff

OPC Senior Staff

Andrew Brian
Nickname: Fatts
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Backpacking, Kayaking, And Mountain Biking.
Favorite Backcountry Food: Dutch Oven Curry
Ultimate Trip Experience: Backpacking Through Europe
Dream Trip: Backpacking In Tibet
If You Could Be An Animal: A Hipster
Role Model: Eustace Conway
Hobbies: Sing And Dance
Favorite Quote:  "Emancipate Yourselves From Mental Slavery; None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds." - Bob Marley

Daniel Taylor
Nickname: Sturgie
Hometown: Canyon, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Kayaking, Canoeing, Cycling, Climbing, And Backpacking
Favorite Backcountry Food: Chocolate Euphoria Cake
Ultimate Trip Experience: Kayaking The Gnarr In Georgia And Raft Guiding On The Ark!
Dream Trip: Backpacking For 3 Months In South America
If I Could Be An Animal: Ibex
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking, Cycling, Outdoor Activities, Movies, And Sun Lounging
Favorite Quote:  “You Are Your Own Opportunity”

Hannah Chris
Nickname: Chris Arth
Hometown: Southlake
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Climbing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Mountain Man Breakfast
Ultimate Trip Experience: Hueco Tanks; Waking Up At DawnAnd Right As You Get To The Climbing Site Getting To See The Sunrise
Dream Trip: Go On A Backpacking / Climbing Trip Through Canada / Alaska
If I Could Be An Animal: Penguin
Hobbies: Music / Climbing
Favorite Quote: “Hey Guys…”

JD Emily
Nickname: Em
Hometown: Austin, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Backpacking, Canoeing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Chocolate Euphoria
Ultimate Trip Experience: Climbing 14ers In Colorado
Dream Trip: Backpacking In Alaska
If I Could Be An Animal: Baby Kangaroo
Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Anything Outdoorsy
Favorite Quote: “Let Sunlight Flame In A Blade Of Grass, Let Night Come On, Let Thunder Roar…Let Mind Curl About The Least Pebble Or Blossom Or Bird, And The True Wildness Of This Place, Of All Places, Reveals Itself”

Laura Evan
Nickname: Emo
Hometown: Houston, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Backpacking, Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing
Favorite Backcountry Food: King Ranch Chicken
Ultimate Trip Experience: Backpacking Grand Canyon And South San Juans
Dream Trip: Backpacking South America And Motorcycle Tour Of Australia
If I Could Be An Animal: Crocodile
Hobbies: Bikes
Favorite Quote: Never burn your bridges, there may be crocodiles in the water!

Megan Jesse
Nickname : Pretty Boy
Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Outdoor Activities of Choice: Climbing, Kayaking, Backpacking, Cycling
Favorite Backcountry Food: Mocha Mousse Pie
Ultimate Trip Experience: Kayaking Browns Canyon And Rafting The Arkansas River
Dream Trip: Climbing In Yosemite
If I Could Be An Animal: Beaver
Hobbies: Shopping For Gear, Buying Gear, Collecting Gear...
Favorite Quote:  “Don’t Give In To Peer Pressure..Nobody Else Is.”

Mimi Michael
Nickname: Stone Cold
Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Climbing, Casual Bike Riding, Not Drowning
Favorite Backcountry Food: Pizza, Taco Bell Chili
Ultimate Trip Experience: Getting Caught In A Crazy Windstorm In Canyonlands Np
Dream Trip: Climbing In The Rocklands, South Africa
If I Could Be An Animal: Narwhal, Or Mountain Goat, Tough Choice
Hobbies: Climbing, Eating, Bike Riding, Sleeping, Playing Guitar, Listening To Music
Favorite Quote:  “Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.” – Mahatma Ghandi

   

OPC Staff

Bridget

Bridget
Nickname: Bridget
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, and Skiing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Migas
Ultimate Trip Experience: Paddling the crazy death-rivers of Alabama, including the infamous South Sauty, at flood levels of course
Dream Trip: Backpacking Through Europe
My Native American name would be: Princess Runs From Wheat
Favorite Quote: "We have not succeeded in answering all our problems. The answers we have found serve only to raise a whole new set of questions. In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things" - Unknown

Nate Barret
Nickname: B Boss Or Boom Bostick
Hometown: Houston, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Hiking, Mountain Biking, And Canoeing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Breakfast Tacos
Ultimate Trip Experience: Traversing Across The Continental Divide In The San Juan Wilderness
Dream Trip: An Extended Adventure Throughout The Beautiful Countryside Of New Zealand!
If I Could Be An Animal: I’d Be A Bear, Because My Name Means “To Have The Strength Of A Bear” In German!
Hobbies: Playing Guitar, Exploring In An Outdoor Setting, And Cycling
Favorite Quote:  “Dream As If You’ll Live Forever, Live As If You’ll Die Today” - James Dean

Spencer Gordon
Nickname: The Scot
Hometown: Scotland
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Chasing Black Bears In The Arizona Dessert.
Favorite Backcountry Food: The Stuff Leftover After You Strain Your Food
Ultimate Trip Experience: Boiling Hot Dogs On A Sup!
Dream Trip: Surviving In Antarctica
If I Could Be An Animal: Jelly Fish
Hobbies: Eating, Eating, And I Would Have To Say Staring At Food
Favorite Quote: “You Slapped A Fiiisssssshhhhhh”

Tyler Graham
Nickname: “Grahamdaddy”
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Skiing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Giant Chunk Of Granola Bars
Ultimate Trip Experience: Backpacking Between Mountain Huts In Switzerland.
Dream Trip: Backpack Around Patagonia
If I Could Be An Animal: Bear
Hobbies: Outdoor Activities, Golf, Skiing 
Favorite Quote: “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far.”  –Joe Walsh

Tyler Hannah
Nickname: Hannah Banana
Hometown: Waxahachie, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Kayaking, Backpacking, Rock Climbing
Favorite Backcountry Food: King Ranch, Anything Curt Makes
Ultimate Trip Experience: 10 Day Lct In South San Juan Wilderness
Dream Trip: Backpacking In New Zealand Or Paddling The Futaleufú River In Patagonia, Chile
If I Could Be An Animal: A Baby Dinosaur!!
Hobbies: Doing Outdoor Things
Favorite Quote:  “Now I See The Secret Of Making The Best Person, It Is To Grow In The Open Air And To Eat And Sleep With The Earth.” – Walt Whitman

Tyler Jack
Nickname: J-Sib
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Backpacking, Cycling, Canoeing, Kayaking 
Favorite Backcountry Food: Potato Pancake
Ultimate Trip Experience: Big Bend, Upper Pensila Michigan, San Juan Wilderness
Dream Trip: Motorcycle Trip Through South America
If I Could Be An Animal: Albatross 
Hobbies: Going Outside. Doing Things.
Favorite Quote:  "Deeds Are Done And Done Again, As My Life Has Been Done In Watermelon Sugar."

Tyler

Lawrence
Nickname: El Jefe Pelirrojo
Hometown: I Don’t Know
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Canoeing, Backpacking, Causing A Ruckus
Favorite Backcountry Food: Breakfast Casserole
Ultimate Trip Experience: Being Lost
Dream Trip: Backpacking Across Europe/Alp Skiing
If I Could Be An Animal: Platypus
Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, Being Lazy, Watching Movies, Causing A Ruckus
Favorite Quote:  “I’m Your Huckleberry”
Tyler Michael
Nickname: Zuck
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Fly-Fishing, Backpacking, And Rock Climbing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Fried Mac N Cheese With Summer Sausage
Ultimate Trip Experience: Nols - Wind River Range, Wyoming
Dream Trip: Fly Fishing In New Zealand
If I Could Be An Animal: Bubba (The Dog)
Hobbies: Fly-Tying, Reading, Astronomy
Favorite Quote: "Don't Go Around Saying The World Owes You A Living. The World Owes You Nothing. It Was Here First."  -Mark Twain 

Tyler Robert
Nickname: “The Rock”
Hometown: Tyler, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Fly Fishing, Backpacking, Climbing, Hunting, Skiing
Favorite Backcountry Food: Chicken Surprise
Ultimate Trip Experience: Backpacking In The San Juan Wilderness
Dream Trip: Fly Fishing In Patagonia
If I Could Be An Animal: Naked Mole Rat
Hobbies: Fly Tying, Reading, Guitar, Banjo, Drums
Favorite Quote:  “Brock Is Made From Good East Texas Dirt By East Texas Irish Dirt Farmers. He’ll Go Far.” – Ormand Love Marsh

Tyler Robin
Nickname: Robin “Da Hood”
Hometown: The Woodlands
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking
Favorite Backcountry Food: Pizza
Ultimate Trip Experience:  Canoeing And Camping On The Rio Chama River
Dream Trip: Canoeing To A Remote Rock Climbing Location
If I Could Be An Animal:  Penguin
Hobbies: Chilling With Friends, Playing Sand Volleyball, Watching Movies
Favorite Quote: “Do Or Not Do. There Is No Try.” -Yoda

Tyler Sean
Nickname: Se-Vill
Hometown: Houston, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Cycling, Canoeing And Napping.
Favorite Backcountry Food: Pancakes
Ultimate Trip Experience: Lct
Dream Trip: Backpacking Across South America
If I Could Be An Animal: A Cow, But In India.
Hobbies: Travel, Reading Good Books And Riding Anything With Two Wheels.
Favorite Quote:  “All Life Is An Experiment. The More You Make The Better” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tyler Stephanie
Nickname: Steph, Sam, Stepho
Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Climbing, Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Running
Favorite Backcountry Food: Potato Pancakes
Ultimate Trip Experience: Anywhere Cool Outside With Friends.
Dream Trip: Bike Across Texas. Backpack In The Netherlands. Ski In The Alps.
If I Could Be An Animal: Panda Bear
Hobbies: Reading, Journaling, Puzzles
Favorite Quote:  “Today You Are You, That Is Truer Than True. There Is No One Alive Who Is Youer Than You.”  Dr. Seuss
“All We Have To Decide Is What To Do With The Time That Is Given To Us.” Gandalf

Tyler Stephen
NICKNAME: Stevesie
HOMETOWN: Alamogordo, NM
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OF CHOICE: Hiking
FAVORITE BACKCOUNTRY FOOD: Trail Mix
ULTIMATE TRIP EXPERIENCE: 3 day solo in a blizzard
DREAM TRIP: Backpacking the Alps
IF I COULD BE AN ANIMAL: Dog
HOBBIES: Outdoor stuff
FAVORITE QUOTE:  “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

Tyler Taylor
Nickname: T-Thunder
Hometown: Nomadic
Outdoor Activities Of Choice: Rock Climbing And Mountain Biking
Favorite Backcountry Food: Breakfast Burritos
Ultimate Trip Experience: Ice Climbing
Dream Trip: Hike To Angel Falls In Venezuela
If I Could Be An Animal: Bear
Hobbies: Dancing And Intramural Sports
Favorite Quote:  “Excellence Is Not A Skill, It Is An Attitude.” – Ralph Marston