You have Questions? We have Answers!
If you are participating in the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado, particularly for the first time, 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 the answer on this page.
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 adaptive 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 2017 Challenge, World T.E.A.M. Sports requires that all teams pay their full registration fee by specific deadlines. Funds raised through the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado’s online fundraising 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 adaptive athletes and for future World T.E.A.M. Sports events across North America.
Are sleeping bags included at the camp?
World T.E.A.M. Sports 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 comfort.
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. Remember 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.
What about camp clothing?
Until the sun sets at night (about 7:15 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 orbiting 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 from Timberline for non-participating family members.
What about toilet facilities?
There will be several Porta-Potties stationed throughout the camp for the use of participants, volunteers 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.
Are cellular telephone and Internet service available in camp?
The 2017 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 at the camp or along the course. There is no public Wi-Fi or Internet service at the campsite – you will need to travel south to Eagle or Edwards or east to Kremmling along Trough Road to connect to the network.
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 2017 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 reserve), 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 off-road bike tires?
The tubes in the rental off-road bike tires have Presta valves.
What size inner tubes should be brought for the off-road bikes?
For those who will be riding standard off-road 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 to rescue you during the event!)
Regarding the rental off-road bikes, what about pedals?
Participants have the option of bringing their own clipless pedals and cycling shoes if desired. The rental bikes come with flat platform pedals, but these can be swapped at the beginning of the Challenge (don't forget to swap out the pedals at the end of the event!).
Are bike helmets included?
Athletes must bring their own helmets for cycling,
climbing, rafting and other activities. Most athletes use the same helmet for
all activities, so bring one that fits well and is comfortable.
What type of gloves do you recommend?
Comfortable bicycling 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 2017 Challenge. GPS units for teams will not be necessary, but can be carried if desired.
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). Ascents for the hand cycles and recumbent bicycles 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 using large backpacks, but small day packs or a large Camelbak 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 convenient 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. Maps are provided each evening for the following day’s stage.
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 along the trails. 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 an official Adventure Team
Challenge Colorado shirts to participants and volunteers. One tech tee per
participating athlete will be provided at ride check-in Thursday at the Best Western Lodge in Eagle.
Do we need gaiters?
Gaiters are shin-high, nylon clothing worn on the lower legs that help guard against bushes and prickly seeds getting into socks. Some participants use these on the hikes. Most leading outdoor shops carry gaiters in sizes for men and for women.
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 out on the course that you don’t like energy bars, for instance – taste the bars ahead of the race to find 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 for lunch is available – choose what you like best for your meal on the trail.
What food can we expect at camp?
For participants and volunteers, 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 usually sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, etc. For Saturday lunch, we provide items to pack a sack lunch to take with you 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 water, beer and soft drinks available for adult participants for evening meals, along with coffee in the morning breakfasts.
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 are required to split up for a short time. The team will need to decide in these instances which member goes where.
Additional questions and answers will be posted as they are received.