Adventure Team Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

You have Questions? We have Answers!

If you’re participating in the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado, you probably have questions about the event, the gear, the course, the weather and everything event-related. To assist, we have compiled answers, listed below by category. Have a question that isn’t answered? Send us a note and we’ll respond promptly, as well as posting your answer on this page.

Event Registration

Can I register as an individual participant?

The Adventure Team Challenge Colorado is a team event and as such, individual participants may not register or compete. However, competing teams sometimes seek an additional disabled or able-bodied participant. Please contact World T.E.A.M. Sports by email if you are interested in joining a team that needs an additional athlete.

Can our team fund raise to collect the team registration fee?

For the 2014 Challenge, World T.E.A.M. Sports requires that all teams pay their full registration fee by the specific deadlines. Funds raised through the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado’s online fund raising site can be applied to fulfilling the registration fee, provided World T.E.A.M. Sports is alerted prior to the first payment deadline. Funds raised may also be dedicated to helping cover the costs of participating disabled athletes and for future World T.E.A.M. Sports events.


Are sleeping bags included at the camp?
Timberline will provide sleeping bags for participating athletes upon request. There are also a few cots available for participating quad athletes.

Are air mattresses included at the camp?
For athletes requesting sleeping bags, sleeping pads are provided for their bags. Air mattresses are not, however. Bring your own if you need additional padding for the ground.

Do the emergency space blankets really work to warm you up in the sleeping bag?
Yes, these tin-foil thin blankets do work to warm you, but usually, they are used in emergency situations. The sleeping bags in the camp will be warm enough to keep you warm at night. Don’t forget that the Challenge is held in the Colorado Rockies and it gets warm during the days – plan on temperatures as high as the mid to upper 70s. Night time lows at Rancho del Rio are usually in the low 30s.

2012 ATC Camp View

Early morning sunshine warms the 2012 Adventure Team Challenge Camp at Rabbit Valley, Colorado. Richard Rhinehart photograph.

What about camp clothing?
Until the sun sets at night (about 7:20 p.m. in this region of Colorado), it will be warm in camp, so shorts and shirts will suffice. After sundown, long pants, a wool hat and a warm jacket – even a winter down jacket – are encouraged for use around the campfire. A set of comfortable camp shoes is recommended. (Don’t forget to look at the skies at night – if it is not cloudy, the Milky Way will be brilliantly visible, as will numerous passing satellites.)

Will families be able to stay overnight in the camp?
Family members are welcome to join the participants in camp. Tents and sleeping bags with pads are available to rent from Timberline for non-participating family. Contact Timberline Tours for reservations and rates.

What about bathroom facilities?
There will be several Porta-Potties stationed throughout the camp for the use of participants and their families. A few ADA accessible potties will also be at camp. Please keep these units clean. Along the course, there will be a few potties available at select locations (including ADA accessible). While on the course, you have the usual outdoors option available in private locations.

Is cellular telephone and Internet service available in camp?
The 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will be held in the Colorado Rockies north of Eagle in the Colorado River valley. Cell telephone service is not available in the area of the camp or along the course. There is no public Wifi or Internet service at the campsite – you will need to travel south to Eagle or Edwards to connect.


Can participants use a snorkel, mask, fins or goggles for the water events?
A snorkel, mask, fins or goggles will not be necessary for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

How cold is the water?
The Colorado River is flowing from the high 14,000-foot mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, along the Continental Divide to the east, so the water will be chilly. Expect a water temperature in the low 40s.

Will there be calm water so that a sail will be necessary?
For this year’s course, a sail will not be necessary. Water volume on the Colorado River can range between 1,000 and 1,800 cubic feet per second in September, depending on precipitation along the Continental Divide to the east.

What are Nylon rafting cam straps used for?
To secure equipment to the raft, two 12-foot one-inch Nylon straps will be useful. Timberline Tours will have a few available on a pre-arranged basis (contact them to order), but it is recommended you purchase a few for your own use. Outdoor and rafting shops, including online shops, carry these straps, which are not expensive. Alternately, any Nylon strap will work – check with your local hardware store.


What type of tubes are in the rental mountain bike tires?
The tubes in the rental mountain bike tires have Presta valves.

What size inner tubes should be brought for the mountain bikes?
For those who will be riding standard mountain bikes, tubes should be the 26 inch standard mountain bike size. Don’t forget to bring a multi-tool and tire levers so you change a tire on the course. (There is no course sag wagon or bike mechanic!)

Regarding the rental mountain bikes, what about pedals?
Participants have the option of bringing their own clipless pedals and cycling shoes if desired. The rental bikes do not come with pedals unless they are specifically requested at the time of rental. Provided pedals are flat platform pedals.

Are bike helmets included?
Athletes will need to bring their own helmets for cycling, climbing, rafting and other activities. Most athletes use the same helmet, so be sure to bring one that fits well.

What type of gloves do you recommend?
Comfortable biking gloves are a necessity. If a team is planning to do a lot of pulling during the Challenge, consider a high quality glove such as Fox Mountain Biking Gloves. Be sure to pay attention to the amount of padding, so they don’t become too waterlogged during the water events.

Are bicycling shorts recommended?
Consider a pair of triathlon shorts or non-padded short for competition. Quick-dry hiking shorts are also an option.

Should we bring our own climbing harnesses? Compasses? GPS?
Yes. Be sure you label everything with your names. There will be rappelling and rope activities in the 2014 Challenge. GPS units for teams will not be necessary.

2012 ATC Gear

Vertical climbing gear at the 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge. Tom Nardi photograph.

Can you please explain the towing systems in more detail?
Towing systems usually use a cord, webbing, bungee or some adaptation is used. It’s an efficient way to contribute energy (not “dragging” the athlete). Uphills for the one-offs are difficult, so teams usually work together, using carabiners, clipping into a line, creating a tripod, etc. Whatever works to distribute energy. Towing systems are also useful for some hills, which are off-camber, to keep participants safe.

Any suggestions for systems for carrying food and water?
Participants should avoid large backpacks, but small day packs or a large Camelback water system with a bladder will be useful. If you are purchasing new gear for the Challenge, many day packs today are water-system adaptable, with holes for water supply tubing.

What orienteering skills should be practiced for the Challenge (reading longitude/latitude, topographic maps, etc.)?
The orienteering will be for the beginner map reader. Participants need to measure distance, read topographic map contour lines, know all the symbols on the map, orient the map to the terrain, and know how to carry and protect the map so they can readily read it. We will have the maps prepared for the teams with all check points and transition areas marked.

Do we need to bring any medication for altitude?
The Challenge will be held in at an altitude of 6,500 to 8,000 feet above sea level – participants from lower altitudes may need a day or two to adjust to the higher altitude. As a suggestion, lots of water and good sleep should help (no late night partying). If you have concerns how you may be personally affected by the altitude, please consult your physician.

What is the recommended footwear?
Most participants in the past have worn trail running shoes with some tread. Some participants choose to wear mid height ankle socks owing to the brush. A lightweight synthetic or wool sock that will provide performance when wet is recommended – no cotton.

What should be included in a First Aid kit?
Be sure your kit includes the usual First Aid items, but also include treatment for blisters.

What about shirts or jerseys?
World T.E.A.M. Sports provides official Adventure Team Challenge Colorado shirts to participants and volunteers. One tech tee per participating athlete is provided.

Do we need gaiters?
There are ankle-high, stretchy gaiters that will help guard against bushes and prickly seeds getting into socks. Some participants use these on long hikes through desert terrain. Many outdoor shops carry these clothing items.

Meals and Food

ATC Volunteer 2012

Volunteers helped with all aspects of the 2012 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. Tom Nardi photograph.

What food works best for participants during the Challenge?
Although we are not nutritional experts, from experience, you should select food that is useful for physical activities. Don’t discover the day of the Challenge that you don’t like Power Bars, for instance – test energy bars ahead of the race for your favorite. During breakfast each morning, a selection of bagels, peanut butter bars, cold cuts, fruits, etc. that can be easily included in your day pack is available.

What food can we expect to eat at camp?
For participants, we provide dinner on Thursday, lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Here’s a breakdown of the meals:

• Breakfasts consist of coffee, bagels, fruit and oatmeal.

• Friday lunch is normally sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, etc. For Saturday lunch, we provide items to pack a sack lunch to take on the course. This includes cold cuts, sandwich condiments, cookies, fruit, energy bars, etc. On Sunday, the lunch following the finish of the Challenge is standard outdoor grilling fare – hamburgers, chicken, etc.

• Dinners on Friday and Saturday include one evening of barbecue and one evening of standard grill fare – hamburgers, chicken, etc.

For all meals, plenty of water and sports drinks will be provided for competitors. We normally have beer and soft drinks available for adult participants for evening meals, along with coffee in the morning breakfasts.

Miscellaneous Questions

Are team members required to complete every stage of the Challenge?
This is a team challenge. The spirit of the event is that each team starts, and each team finishes … together. There may be situations along the course where team members split up for a short time. The team will need to decide in these instances who goes where.

Additional questions and answers will be posted as they are received.

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