Curtis’ sense of adventure and exploration bloomed during his high-school career when he experienced a series of courses that took him outdoors and showcased the activities and environments he has pursued since. He soon engaged in recreational sports such as backpacking, rock climbing, and even the adrenaline-fueled world of fishing. Studying Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology at Pikes Peak Community College helped inspire Curtis to seek work in the outdoor industry and the base of knowledge necessary to find it.