Staff

  • Bill B
    Lead Instructor
    "I was attracted to Outward Bound by their mission to better people’s lives and by the transformational power of the outdoors. "
  • Bill has worked for OB since 2004. He instructed courses for Thompson Island Outward Bound, New York City Outward Bound, North Carolina Outward Bound, Los Angeles Outward Bound, and the Colorado Outward Bound School. He has instructed backpacking, flatwater & whitewater canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Outside  of Outward Bound, Bill has also taught sea kayaking, surfing and snowboarding.

    Bill is certified as a Wilderness First  Responder through Wilderness Medical Associates, and as Single Pitch Instructor through the Professional Climbing Instructor Association. He majored in Finance at Arizona State University. While in school, he guided trips through  Arizona State’s outdoor recreation program from 2003-2004.

    In the off-season, Bill likes to travel to foreign lands  and/or climb mountains. Last winter he traveled down to Ecuador and Patagonia in South American to climb  glaciated volcanoes and alpine rock climbing routes. The highlight of the trip was a 3-week expedition to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of the Himalayas. This winter Bill plans on traveling to the warmer climates of  Thailand and India.

    After leaving the plains of northern Iowa to attend college in Arizona, he found himself drawn to explore the canyons, mesas, and mountains of the Sonoran Desert. Bill quickly realized that his finance major was not his real calling, and that his heart and true interest lay elsewhere.

    “I was attracted to Outward Bound by their  mission to better people’s lives and by the transformational power of the outdoors. My two favorite moments on an Outward Bound course are taking students up technical peak climbs and hearing what students learned at the end of a course. The things I miss the most on course are eating ice cream and using instant coffee makers.” In his off time, Bill enjoys traveling, reading, climbing, and exploring places that are still “wild, natural, and free.”

    Bill Bjornstad Secondary Photo