Adventure Team Challenge Colorado

Experience the Thrill of Colorado’s Adventure Team Challenge

Get ready for the adventure of your lifetime. In September 2018, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will return. Directed by World T.E.A.M. Sports and experienced event organizers Billy and Helene Mattison, the Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado’s high Gore Mountain Range northwest of Vail will bring together disabled and able-bodied athletes for three days of spirited team competition. Directed by experienced adventure athletes, participants in the Challenge will experience 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 mountains.

Adventure Team Challenge Colorado

Challenge teams compete 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 through finishing the stages in the shortest time. Along the way, participants are challenged both physically and mentally, and learn that innovation and teamwork are the keys to success.

Rafting on the Colorado River.

Rafting on the Colorado River near Rancho del Rio, Colorado. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Debuting in 2007 as the Real Deal Inclusive Sports Adventure, the 2018 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 will provide 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, 2014-2015, and 2017 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, and again in 2016, the Challenge was held in the scenic McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction.

Rancho del Rio base camp.

The team from Timberline Tours keep athletes and volunteers well fed at base camp. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

In its 12th year of competition, the 2018 Challenge will offer participants with new challenges. Returning again to the standard course near Rancho del Rio along the Colorado River, the Challenge is an exceptional opportunity to explore a wilderness. Seasoned adventure athletes, weekend warriors and desk jockeys desiring adventure will be tested at altitudes up to 8,500 feet above sea level. Teammates will join together to innovate and solve problems through tackling physical challenges to successfully complete this wilderness course. Participants will build camaraderie and celebrated diversity, and cheer each other as they successfully negotiate each obstacle. Magnificent alpine terrain, forbidding granite canyons, whitewater river terrain and inspiring competitors will create an unforgettable experience for all participants.

The 2017 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado was supported through sponsorship and partner support including American Portfolios Financial Services, Benson Botsford LLC, Devens Recycling, Pearl Meyer, Penske Truck Rental, Sheet Metal Union Local 105, and Timberline Tours. 2018 sponsors and partners are forthcoming.

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Adventure Team Challenge Photo Galleries

2017 World T.E.A.M. Sports Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr image gallery.

2016 Van Brinson Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr 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.

Gore Mountains view

The rugged and remote Gore Mountains of north central Colorado host the Adventure Team Challenge. World T.E.A.M. Sports archive photograph.

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.

2015 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Brian Gliba Flickr Galleries: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

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.

2012 Alteryx Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Flickr Galleries – Prologue | Camp | Day 1 – Hike | Day 1 – River | Day 2 – Bike | Day 2 – Climb | Day 2 – Rappel

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.

2008 Real Deal Logo

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.

2010 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Wayne Moore Galleries: Friday | Saturday | Sunday

2009 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Shutterfly image galleries.

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.