Inna Thorn

Director of Operations

Raised in Moscow, Russia, Inna has always been a spirited soul. Wanting the best for her daughter, Inna’s mother diverted her path from the bustling nightlife of Moscow, to studying fashion and business communications in the USA. Helping others has always been her passion, and she’s dedicated most of her career to the non-profit sector. When it comes to transportation, Inna has always preferred two wheels, spending much of her adult life buzzing around town by scooter.

In 2006, she met a guy who dreamed of riding motorcycles from Seattle to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This quickly became a shared vision which they turned into a reality by riding a pair of KLR 650 motorcycles some 17,000 miles through 13 countries. By the end of the trip they decided to make permanent their adventure together with an engagement to marry.

Once back in Seattle, Inna started a freelance creative agency and began consulting for motorcycle industry clients including Ural Motorcycles and Touratech. As the BDR organization began to outgrow it’s volunteer workforce, Inna was recruited to become the Director of Operations. Since 2012, Inna has taken the operation to new levels with her energy, organization and passion for inspiring others to explore the world on two wheels. When not hard at work, Inna and her husband like to share the wonders of nature with their two young children camping in the mountains.

Derek Holman

Project Coordinator

Derek was born and raised in the Southern Appalachian region of Virginia where opportunities were hard to come by. In 2015, he decided to take a chance and move cross country for work. He landed a job close to his small apartment and decided a motorcycle would be better than a car for commuting in the beautiful Southern California sun, so he signed up for a motorcycle safety course and bought an old rusty Honda Shadow with leaky forks and bald tires. 

It wasn’t long before the commutes weren’t enough and the yearning to go further kicked in. On a long ride to Yosemite National Park, Derek started wondering where those little dirt side roads led. When he got home he started researching and came across a picture of an old Kawasaki KLR650 loaded with camping gear parked in the woods and decided that this was his ticket to explore those roads less traveled. 

Ever since Derek’s first backcountry trip on a motorcycle to Death Valley National Park, he has been addicted to that feeling of freedom that is gained from riding into the unknown with nothing but a tent, a sleeping bag, and a couple buddies.

Before landing in Washington, Derek and his partner were on an extended trip meandering around the country hiking, backpacking, and riding. By chance, they decided to drive into the Pacific Northwest for a few days, where Derek received an invitation to ride the Washington BDR with a friend. He quickly bought a Suzuki DR650 off craigslist and spent a couple days sorting it out before spending nearly a week camping and riding off road through the state. It was on this trip that he fell in love with Washington and decided he and his partner would settle there. 

Only two days after his trip, he was forwarded a job posting for Backcountry Discovery Routes and decided this was his dream job and went for it. The stars aligned and now Derek is eager to inspire and share his passion for riding in the backcountry with others through his work with the organization.

Nathan Fant

Routes Manager

Born in Alaska, and raised in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Nathan has always been a seeker of adventure, outdoors, and finding ways to share it all with his friends. Having grown up in the country, he deeply appreciates the peace and serenity nature has to offer. When he was a kid, he had a reoccurring dream of owning a dirt bike and riding it around the 20 acre property he grew up on, but it wasn’t until he was an adult that he could afford to own one.

Nathan began riding motorcycles in 2006 and it wasn’t long after discovering the WABDR that the passion for adventure riding grew exponentially.  Nathan and his wife, Kris, began riding and camping every moment they could get away from work. Nathan enjoys the many parts of adventure riding, a mixture of technical challenge, remote beauty, camping, and photography. 

Having a background in technology and a passion for adventure motorcycles lead him to enjoy building and planning adventure routes whenever him and his wife took their dual sports into the backcountry for moto camping and exploration. A desire to share those adventures with family and friends lead him to create videos of the rides and share them on his ‘For the Love of Knobs’ FacebookYouTube, and Instagram channels.

Nathan enjoys giving back to the motorcycle community, and has been a dedicated BDR volunteer and Ambassador for over 5 years, helping scout routes, managing the BDR booth and presenting at motorcycle events and rallies.  Now an official staff member of the BDR team, Nathan will be sharing more of his passion for adventure, and inspiring others to explore the backcountry on two wheels.

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