Adam Backus, BS

Field Manager


Adam was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, where he attended the University of Tennessee. After exploring various degree options, he decided to study Geology. In May of 2010, he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology.

After graduation, Adam’s passion for serving others began him down a path of working in the field of therapeutic treatment. He has accrued over 5 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in a variety of wilderness and residential therapeutic treatment programs. During his time working in a therapeutic setting, he has been repeatedly trained and shown proficiency in areas such as crisis management and prevention, staff training and development, wilderness survival, motivational interviewing, and a multitude of leadership and communication skills. Adam has been a member of the Open Sky field department since March of 2014. After 6 months of being a Field Guide, he transitioned into the Senior Field Guide role, taking on more leadership and responsibility for both his team of students and his supporting guides. In April 2016, Adam became a full-time Field Manager. He is consistently challenged and motivated in this position, and is proud to be leading, overseeing and managing the entire field of guides and students.

Adam is patient, loyal, consistent, reliable, grounded, and prides himself in his ability to see things from various perspectives. He is drawn to Open Sky for their holistic, humanistic, and realistic forms of treatment and healing. Open Sky has a unique way of teaching students to search inward into the heart, mind, body, and soul – facing their deepest fears and fostering the truest parts of their well being.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and fiancé. His interests and hobbies include: mountain biking, skiing, hiking, watching football, spending time in rivers/lakes, reading fantasy novels, and seeing live music. In 2013, Adam accomplished his life-long goal, completing a thru-hike of the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail, spanning from Georgia to Maine.