Adventure Team Challenge Colorado
Experience the Thrill of Colorado’s Adventure Team Challenge
Get ready for the adventure of your lifetime. This past September 23-25, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge Colorado returned. Directed by World T.E.A.M. Sports and experienced event organizers Billy and Helene Mattison, the Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado’s high desert west of Grand Junction brought together disabled and able-bodied athletes for three days of spirited team competition. Directed by experienced adventure athletes, participants in the Challenge experienced rafting, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and other exciting outdoor activities, along with good fellowship, food and tent camping underneath the brilliant Milky Way of the high Colorado Plateau.
Challenge teams competed mostly against the clock in this event, as finishing all stages is an accomplishment in itself. There is also pride in claiming the title as the Adventure Team Challenge champion by finishing the stages in the shortest time. Along the way, participants were challenged both physically and mentally, and learned that innovation and teamwork are the keys to success.
Debuting in 2007 as the Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure, the 2016 Adventure Team Challenge will inspire and challenge athletes of all abilities. With each team of five including two athletes with disabilities, one being a wheelchair user, the Challenge provides an opportunity for competitors to work together toward shared goals and rewards.
Since the first Challenge in June 2007, Colorado has served as the host for this world-class event. The 2007-2011 and 2014-2015 Challenges were held in the high mountains near Rancho del Rio along the Colorado River north of Eagle and south of Leadville along the Arkansas River. In 2012 and 2013, the Challenge was held in the scenic McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction.
In its tenth year of competition, the 2016 Challenge provided participants with new challenges in the secluded and beautiful mesas and canyons of red sandstone in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area not far from the Utah state line and at Highline Lake State Park. Seasoned adventure athletes, weekend warriors and desk jockeys desiring adventure were tested at altitudes up to 5,500 feet above sea level. Teammates joined together to innovate and solve problems through tackling physical challenges to successfully complete this wilderness course. Participants built camaraderie and celebrated diversity, cheering each other as they successfully negotiated each obstacle. Magnificent high desert terrain, forbidding redrock canyons, whitewater river terrain and inspiring competitors created an unforgettable experience for all participants.
The 2016 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado was supported through sponsors and partners including American Portfolios Financial Services, Audubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Deven’s Recycling, Ernst & Young, James Benson, LIM Innovations, Napier Park Global Capital, Pearl Meyer, Penske Truck Rental, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Rutgers University – Department of Athletics, Sila Solutions Group, and Timberline Sports.
The Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will return in 2017.
Support of Adventure Team Challenge Colorado
“Throughout our history, Alteryx has evolved from a product-based company to one that values our ongoing relationship with customers. Participating in the Adventure Team Challenge was a perfect way to learn from amazing people how to create an exceptional community. By fielding a team, we discovered that showing up, participating with a full heart and finishing together is what transforms ordinary individuals into extraordinary heroes and ultimately creates a community of solution providers, and this continues to inspire our shared ingenuity.”
– Ned Harding, CTO, Alteryx, team participant.
“ATC allowed me to really push my limits both physically and mentally. Our team was forced to deal with situations that were unforeseen and out of the ordinary which created even a deeper team bond. Both myself and my team left ATC feeling stronger then when we arrived, and had already began planning for the next year.”
– Sgt. Neil Duncan, double-leg-amputee, team participant.
“The ATC gives people the inspiration to achieve, no matter what the obstacles are, and to live life no matter what. It shows others what can be done and gives them the confidence to do the unthinkable. This confidence and inspiration is not just for the disabled, but even more so for all of us.”
– Nino Pozgaj, 2010-11 team participant, Alteryx.
“I have been fascinated by adventure sports, but in a wheelchair, it didn’t seem likely that I could ever participate. The Real Deal was beyond my wildest dreams. It was amazing to see an event absolutely integrated, with able-bodied and people with different disabilities and everyone working together seamlessly. It gave a whole new meaning to the word teamwork. It forced me to reframe things I’ve learned. I didn’t want to be pushed or pulled on my mountain bike. But, I realized that the smart teams worked together on the uphills, with a tandem bike pulling a hand bike. My pride was costing me and my team time. It was a complete, and welcome paradigm shift in my thinking. We all got a chance to be real. It was magic.”
– Bob Vogel, freelance journalist, photographer, professional ski instructor, disabled athlete and team participant about the 2008 Real Deal, precursor to the Adventure Team Challenge.
“The beauty of adventure racing is that there are no superstars; everyone on the team plays an integral role and has to cross the finish line together. Everybody has moments when they suffer and are in pain, moments when they need help to keep going, and moments when they shine. The best teams are those which can tap into the talents of each member and find a collective team strength which becomes bigger than its parts.”
– Erik Weihenmayer, blind adventurer, team participant, 2007-2012.
Adventure Team Challenge Photo Galleries
2016 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado SmugMug image gallery.
2016 Vance Jacobs Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2016 Sarah Bell Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2016 Richard Rhinehart Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2015 Vance Jacobs Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2015 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado SmugMug image gallery.
2015 Richard Rhinehart Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2015 Sarah Bell Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Sarah Bell SmugMug image gallery.
2014 Brian Gliba Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Marc McGlynn Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Melissa Poole Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Chelsea Roberson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Victor Henderson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Richard Rhinehart Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2014 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado SmugMug image gallery.
2013 World T.E.A.M. Sports Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2013 Brian Gliba Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2013 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Prologue SmugMug image gallery.
2013 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Stage One SmugMug image gallery.
2013 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Stage Two SmugMug image gallery.
2012 World T.E.A.M. Sports Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2012 Peter Wayne Adventure Team Challenge Colorado image gallery.
2012 Tom Nardi Adventure Team Challenge Colorado image gallery.
2012 Colorado Adaptive Sports Adventure Team Challenge Colorado image gallery.
2011 World T.E.A.M. Sports Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.
2011 Alteryx Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery, including images from several photographers.
2011 Team Crump Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Picasa image gallery.
2011 Prouty Project Adventure Team Challenge Colorado YouTube image montage.
2011 Tom Nardi Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Shutterfly image gallery.
2011 Team Atlas Adventure Team Challenge Colorado YouTube video.
2010 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Flickr image gallery.
2010 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Peter Wayne Photography Smugmug image gallery.
2009 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Shutterfly image galleries.
Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Media Coverage
Explore media reports about the Adventure Team Challenge events at the World T.E.A.M. Sports Press by Event pages.
Learn more about the 2008 Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure, the predecessor to the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado at the Denver Post, and at AXS Vail Valley. NBC Sports’ World of Adventure Sports featured the event in November, 2008.
Explore the 2007 Real Deal Photo Gallery, featuring images by Don Patterson.
The inspiration of the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado
Video by Victor Henderson.
Video by Andrew S. Bishop.
Video by Andrew Bishop.
Video courtesy Harry Carr, Harry’s Adventures.
World T.E.A.M. Sports 2012 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado video.
Video courtesy Team Atlas Shrugged/Topher Downham.
Video courtesy Alteryx, Inc..
Video courtesy Topher Downham.
Video courtesy Alteryx, Inc..
Video courtesy Alteryx, Inc..
The 2010 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.
The 2009 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.