Adams State Adventure Programs

When You Have To Get Outside ASAP!


Why Should You Get Up and Moving In the Outdoors? Preferably with ASAP/ALP!

Have you ever found yourself saying: “Outdoors? No, that’s not for me.” I was one of those people until last year when I joined the ALP (Adventure Leadership and Programming) minor, and drastically changed my opinion. Thanks to this awesome program I’ve moved on from girly couch potato to adventurous outdoor newb in no time!

I don’t know what drove me to the ASAP rental shop that first week of classes my freshman year, but I’m glad I stopped by. I remember this scruffy looking guy, who was our intern last year, telling me why I should join the minor, and I just kept thinking how scruffy looking he was. Anyhow, I decided to give the outdoors a try. So, I went on a couple trips with ASAP and fell in love with nature. I interviewed with them my second semester, and even though I had no outdoor experience whatsoever, I got in. I started working for ASAP and went on my first backpacking trip the upcoming summer. During the backpacking expedition I discovered a lot about myself and the backcountry.

It’s amazing how being outside, whether it’s a canyon, the beach, the woods, or a frozen waterfall changes your perspective in life. I was born and raised in Mexico, and I never thought of summiting a mountain that’s a little less than 14,000 ft. tall or going rock climbing for fun on a random weekend. Where I’m from women aren’t supposed to immerge in adventure activities because they’re too dangerous and un-lady like. However, once I started practicing adventure based sports I couldn’t stop. It is not like I became an adrenaline junkie, but by being able to lead myself and others in the backcountry I felt capable and empowered to better myself and share all these amazing experiences with other people.

So, enough with my clichéd story, here’s what my awesome co-workers and ALP minor students have to say about this incredible program:

My University experience wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the ALP Minor. It provided me with the technical skills to be able to go out and explore the amazing state we live in. The Minor also made me more invested in Adams State University because I was with a group of people with similar interests and reasons for coming to school in Colorado. I would totally recommend the ALP Minor to anyone who loves the outdoors and is looking to gain one-of-a-kind leadership skills!

—Ashley Bauscher

The Adams State Adventure Program and the ALP have given me so many great opportunities over the past few years. Thanks to these I’ve learned the skills to be competent in the backcountry and I’ve also learned how to be a better leader. Coming to college, I would have never thought I’d be leading people in the back country nor have the opportunity to! Yet, ASAP was the launch pad that made it happen. The Adventure Program has given me more than what I hoped for.

–Bo Hutches

The ALP minor at ASU is one of the best programs I’ve had the benefit of being a part of. Not only did it give me the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills and put them into practice, it also helped me to learn more about myself and grow as a person. I’ve got to see beautiful places that took my breath away and got to do what I am really passionate about. From backpacking to rock climbing there’s been tons of stuff to do and experience. I thought I knew a lot about myself and considered myself to be an excellent leader. However, through this program I’ve come to realize how little I knew, and now I realize that I will never stop learning new skills and techniques. I am very grateful for this program; it allowed me to realize what my true passions are, and to develop better as a leader and a friend. Thank you Adams State Adventure Program for this opportunity!

—Cody Robson

Self-empowerment is the biggest reason for my dedication towards ASAP and the ALP minor. Being able to explore the mountains with just you and your friends and no one for miles is one of the coolest feelings imaginable. People always say you’ll regret what you didn’t do in life, but you can tell them: “I lived out of my backpack, climbed mountains, and learned how to live in the wilderness that no one else dares to go!”

—Kyle Bufis

Who wouldn’t want to spend their time in the outdoors for college credit?—Ryan Raguindin

The ALP Minor at ASU has had an extremely positive impact on my life. I’ve had a remarkable time transitioning from training to training. Not only have these experiences opened doors to many unknown possibilities, they have also pushed me to expand outside of my comfort zone and limitations.  Inevitable was to experience the most difficult and rewarding times of my life.  Without hesitation I recall the most simple of times, which at the time meant the world to me.  During the two week backpacking expedition, rain seemed more like a commonality than desired; however, despite the constant feeling of wet shoes and socks, comfort was found each night within my tent.  It was neither the tent nor the sleeping bag that led me to feel comfort; it was the endless conversations with my tent mate. Within the wilderness, something as simple as a friendly conversation was all that I needed. The frills of daily life were left behind and the company of a good friend was found. These conversations were endless and often times ridiculous; still, it made everything better at the end of a wet day of hiking through the South San Juan Mountain Range.  I continually find it amazing and enjoyed that once away from “it all” happiness can be found in the simplest of events.

–Zach Johnston

You’ve heard enough! Now grab a backpack, the proper amount of gear, the necessary supplies and get outside!

Monica Ramos Otsuka

ASAP Celebrates Valentines Day With FREE Hot Cocoa!

Kudos for whoever had the brilliant idea of giving away free hot chocolate on Valentines Day! Who doesn’t love free hot cocoa? Who doesn’t love free stuff?

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Because when ASAPers aren’t outside doing extreme stuff, they like to socialize and give away free stuff!

Thanks to all the dudes and dudettes that stopped by and had a chat with us! We hope you join us for one or several of our upcoming trips this spring semester!


Bring on the SNOW!!! Warren Miller’s “Flow-State” comes to Adams State University

Imagine skiing down huge mountain faces in Alaska or taking a joy ride through the powder filled woods of Japan. How about indulging in all the European comforts after a long day of skiing on the Eiger? Ok, so most of us will never do that but it doesn’t mean watching it sure isn’t fun. Through partnerships between the Adams State Adventure Program, Kristi Mountain Sports, and Wolf Creek Ski Area, Warren Miller’s film Flow State provided an audience of over 130 people a chance to watch people live their dreams traveling the world to ski. For 90 minutes we all got to witness the beauty and wonder of mountain environments and people exploring the areas through skiing. Not only did we get to watch some amazing cinematography, many door prizes were handed out such as: free t-shirts, ASAP memberships, Wolf Creek lift tickets, and store credit to Kristi Mountain Sports. With Warren Miller’s film coming to Alamosa and the recent snowfall, maybe it’s time to go outside ourselves and create some memories.

Nazir Sabir, World Renowned Pakastani Mountaineer at Adams!

The world of mountaineering is a tumultuous relationship between the climber trying to achieve an indescribable connection with nature and the mountain holding firm to its intimidating reputation. No one understands this struggle more than world-renown mountaineerer, Nazir Sabir. Nazir Sabir was the first man of Pakistani heritage to climb Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, and to create a new route on arguably the most technical climb in the world, K2. Sabir paid a visit to Adams State University on October 17th, 2012 to share his unforgettable experiences that brought him to his achievements today. Sabir was introduced by New York Times best-selling author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, and Eiger Dreams, Jon Krakauer. Nazir Sabir’s descriptive imagery of his explorations involved losing many friends and family in the pursuit of gaining the title of having conquered K2 and Mt. Everest. With those who lost their lives in pursuit of this enormous mountain in his mind and heat, Sabir ended his discussion with the accomplishment of summiting of K2. Nazir Sabir was truly an inspiration to listen to and everyone here at ASAP and Adams State University thanks him and Jon Krakauer for taking the time out of their busy lives to come and talk with us.


 -Ashley Bauscher


Belay Skills Clinics

So you want to start rock climbing? Or perhaps you are just a little rusty? Come sign up for a basic skills class to learn the in’s and out’s of indoor climbing!

This class will begin by orienting you to the climbing gym and explaining the inherent dangers associated with climbing and how we manage those. From there, the class will dive right into the fun, interactive  lessons focusing on how to properly fit a harness, tie a figure-eight-follow-through knot, belay (manage the rope for the climber), use effective spotting techniques, and how to start climbing!



  • September 19th (Wed) @ 3 PM
  • September 27th (Thurs) @ 3PM
  • October 2nd (Tues) @ 2:30 PM
  • October 9th (Tues) @ 2:30 PM
  • October 16th (Tues) @ 2:30 PM
  • October 23rd (Tues) @ 2:30 PM
  • October 30th (Tues) @ 2:30 PM
  • Every Tuesday @ 2:30 PM through December 11th!

How do you sign up?

  • There will be a sign-up sheet posted at the climbing wall or feel free to come into the ASAP Rental Shop to register!
  • Please sign up by Friday of the week prior to the class so that we can adequately prepare.
  • Feel free to sign up for more than one class…we want you to be competent climbers!

All instructors have taken the Climbing Wall Instructor course and are certified to teach this basic skills class.


Rock Climbing @ Penitente Canyon

Adventure Programs will be leading a rock climbing day trip to Penitente Canyon this Sunday April 29th. Those interested can sign up for the trip in the Adventure Programs Rental Shop Free for members, $10 for non-members. Come on out and get your climb on!

TOMS Shoes One Day Without Shoes…

TOMS Shoes One Day Without Shoes…
What is it?
One Day Without Shoes is the day we raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by
going without shoes.
Millions of children live without shoes. Many are exposed to injury and disease each day, and are not allowed to go to school without shoes.
How does it work?
Just take ‘em off, and when people ask why, tell them.
Register at to get updates. Spreading awareness is easy, and changes lives.
Please join this campus wide event to spread awareness on April 10th

FREE Kayak Roll Clinic on Saturday March 24th!!

FREE Kayak Roll Clinic on Saturday March 24th!! Have you ever wanted to learn how to roll a whitewater kayak? Join us in the Plachy Pool on Saturday March 24th from noon to 2:30 and take advantage of this on campus clinic to learn the basics of paddling, outfitting and rolling a kayak. Those interested can sign up in the ASAP rental shop.

FREE Shuttle to Monarch this Saturday March 3rd!!

FREE Shuttle to Monarch this Saturday March 3rd!! Spots still available claim yours by signing up at the ASAP rental shop. Free to rental shop members. $5 to non-members & lift tickets $57.

Meet @ 8am in the Rental Shop & we’ll leave stat!

ASAP 2012 Staff Quilt

Check it! The ASAP 2012 Staff Quilt is being assembled as we speak by the greatest Outdoor Program Mom in the world! Photo complete with Rusty’s tail of approval. is powered by WordPress µ | Spam prevention powered by Akismet