Tyler Wild knows good design. Holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, he spent years in the field before searching for a better work/life balance and a change of pace. You can currently find him in the Production department at EarthCruiser.
What brought you to EarthCruiser?
I first moved to the Bend area to work as a Wildland Fire EMT. I was working in the emergency department during the peak of the Covid pandemic, right there on the front lines. As I did this work, I found myself listening to the people I was coming into contact with, and I started to slow down, to become more curious and empathetic. I began formulating plans to found Tänik Wellness, a 501(c)(3) organization with a unique residential inpatient program to approach mental health issues and substance abuse. While I’m building Tänik, I wanted a job that would allow me to work with my hands and continue to nurture my love of the outdoors and adventure.
What have you learned working for EarthCruiser?
This is the most fun crew I’ve worked with, ever. There is a real positive energy that comes with working on these vehicles with a group of like-minded individuals. Despite coming from a hugely diverse range of backgrounds, we are all passionate about the outdoors, adventure and share the DIY spirit of overlanding. At any given time in the workshop, you can always hear someone laughing.
Working here has taught me about self-accountability. I’ve learned that whenever a part of a vehicle is handed off, I can hold myself accountable for the work I’m performing and the product I’m producing.
If you could take an EC anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’m always drawn to return to Switzerland, and I’d really love to take one someplace in northern Europe like Scandinavia or Iceland. It would be fun to test myself and an EarthCruiser on a winter camping trip in a place most other vehicles couldn’t go.
What’s your favorite feature of an EarthCruiser?
The overall capabilities and durability of these vehicles. They really are beasts on wheels!
What’s your go-to road music?
I like everything from classic rock to Glass Animals. I grew up on Sublime. Good road music to me is stuff like The Eagles, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Stevie Nicks.