RS53836_Ryan Hammes20170825_0161-scrRyan Hammes
Director of Outdoor Education
(719) 389-8131

Ryan began working for Colorado College as the Director of Outdoor Education in 2012. He has taught courses in outdoor pedagogy and been published for his work in adventure education and rock climbing. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Adventure Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His extensive outdoor certifications include: technical rock climbing, avalanche analysis, backcountry skiing, and wilderness medicine. Ryan is active with the American Mountain Guides Association and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.


Rachael Abler
Associate Director of Outdoor Education
(719) 389-6943

Rachael began working for Colorado College Outdoor Education in 2015. Previously, she was the coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program at Colorado School of Mines, and has worked for various other outdoor organizations in both Colorado and Michigan. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism with an emphasis in Outdoor Programming from the University of Illinois. Her greatest passions for outdoor programming are providing first time experiences for student participants, and training student trip leaders to lead their peers in areas of hiking, camping, skiing, biking, paddling, climbing, and more.


Andrew Harrow
Assistant Director of Outdoor Education
(719) 389-6872

Andrew began working for Colorado College in 2023. Before joining the Colorado College team, he was the Director for the Community Activities Center on Peterson SFB and previously worked for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Education from Ohio University. His interests as an outdoor professional lie with connecting communities and reducing barriers to participation in recreation opportunities that facilitate personal growth, resiliency, and self-discovery.   


Kacie Bell
Outdoor Education & Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund Coordinator

Kacie began working for Colorado College Outdoor Education in 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and political science from Gonzaga University. Previously, she has worked in outdoor education as an Outward Bound instructor, raft guide, ski patroller (W-EMT & OEC), and in programming roles for multiple collegiate programs. Kacie has a passion for training student leaders and providing unique opportunities for students to find personal and communal growth outdoors. Kacie enjoys spending time in community and challenging herself while backpacking, rafting, skiing, climbing and mountain biking.


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Outdoor Education Center
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
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Please visit each facility page for more information regarding hours for the Gear House, Bike & Ski Co-op and the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym.

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(719) 389-6803

931 N. Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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