PASSIONATE FUN SEEKERS
I suppose, Go Wild: American Adventures really began my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I told people I lived in Eastern Oregon and they said, "Where? Bend?" No, farther east, the real east, where there are more cows than people, where a traffic jam means waiting at a stop sign longer than 30 seconds. I began taking friends home, friends from the city, and many friends from overseas, from Tokyo, Japan, from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Every time it was the same- we stepped out of the car after the five hour drive from Portland, looked up at the starry sky, and mouths dropped open. The more I explored the mountains in my own backyard, the more I realized, yes, this is something worth sharing. And so, Go Wild was born.
Our mission hasn't really changed much since those first nights in my driveway. Dedicated to environmental education, partnerships with community businesses, and international outreach, Go Wild: American Adventures seeks to: foster enthusiasm for the outdoors and the rural lifestyle, enliven the local community, and above all, have a wild good time.
Dan and friends, his senior year at Lewis & Clark
All our guides, whether leads, contracted, or volunteer are first-aid / CPR certified and dedicated to safe fun adventuring.
After backpacking across Europe, circumnavigating Korea by bicycle, and an array of other international adventures, Dan decided to bring the adventuring to his home turf. He has worked ecology for the USFS, as a trip leader at his alma mater, Lewis & Clark, as a journalist in Korea, videographer, sous-chef, and as resident giver of positive vibes where he finds himself. "Go Wild isn't just a business, it's a way of life"
Kaleb grew up at the base of the Wallowas. As a kid, he spent his time fishing, hunting, and looking for rocks in his backyard. After following passions elsewhere, he's now back to his roots in Eastern Oregon doing what he does best- showing fellow adventurers the land closest to his heart. And he loves every minute of it.
Emma. 2021 intern
When Emma joined Go Wild after her junior year, she knew what she signed up for but didn't know how well she'd take to it. When she's not winning races for the Baker XC team, she's loving life outdoors or kicking butts at cards. And, let's be honest, she's the hardest working member of the Go Wild team.
PAT. chef behind the scenes