About ASAP

Early Adams State Outdoor Program Handshake


Adams State Adventure Programs seeks to provide transferable knowledge and skills by facilitating outdoor education and leadership opportunities.  

Early Adams State outdoor Mountaineer


In 1925, Luther Bean took a group of Adams State students tot he summit of Blanca Peak, establishing the Outdoor Club. For many years, the club was the most popular on campus, and many wrote of their fond memories of the outdoor club excursions.

Adventure Programs continues to enrich the college experience of many Adams State students with incredible experiences. Don't let another fun, challenging, and unique experience pass you by. Great stories do begin here!

The ALP Apprenticeship

Designed as a rigorous leadership development program, the ALP Apprenticeship was established to provide highly motivated ASU students the opportunity to gain significant leadership experience and mentorship in an intentional, challenging, and dynamic context. The ALP Apprenticeship is about integrity, judgment, and self-leadership, the hallmarks of genuine leadership. Apprentices gain additional teaching and leadership experience through designing and leading diverse programming such as backpacking, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, white water kayaking, and challenge course programs.

For students interested in adventure based employment and careers, this program offers the foundation necessary to become competent outdoor leaders:

Professional Staff

Curt Howell in climbing gear

Curt Howell, M.Ed

Assistant Director of Adventure Programs and Leadership 


Curt received his bachelor of arts in theology from Hardin-Simmons University and holds a master's degree in educational psychology from Texas Tech University. For ten years he has worked with people of all ages in the field of outdoor recreation and education, primarily as a rock climbing instructor. He was the Assistant Director for the Texas Tech University Outdoor Pursuits Center prior to coming to Adams.

Here at Adams, Curt oversees the adventure program and works with students in developing a relational leadership model that emphasizes the value of genuine dialogue as essential to effective leadership. In addition, he also directs the university's Adventure Leadership and Programming minor through the Human Performance and Physical Education department. He has been a certified Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Program Provider for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

In 2010, Curt began a term serving on the board of directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE).

Outdoor Interests: Rock and Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Fly Fishing, or really, just being outside with my family, alone, or with students and friends.

Other Interests: Philosophy, Brewing Beer, Public Education, Bike Riding, Woodworking, Relational Leadership, Baking, Coffee, and Martin Buber.


Nick Rushford

ASAP Intern

Nick Rushford is a senior Adventure Educations Major at Green Mountain College. He started his journey into Adventure Education during his NOLS semester in New Zealand. Floored by this immersion semester, Nick chose to study at Green Mountain and pursue his new found interest.

Throughout his three years at GMC he developed outdoor skills in camping, rock climbing, back-country skiing, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, and many other activities. He has worked towards achieving success both in and out of the classroom completing certifications and trainings and being recognized on the Dean's list for multiple semesters.

Both volunteer experiences and summer employment have given him real world insight and new challenges to overcome.

Nick accepted the internship position at Adam State Adventure Programming for 2013-14 and will complete his degree with this experience.