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Inspired by adventure competitions that test outdoor skills and stamina in remote and often dangerous environments, the Challenge is unique in that adaptive and able-bodied athletes must work together to succeed. ABOVE: Adventure Team Challenge athletes raft the Colorado River through a segment of Gore Canyon not far from Radium. 20 HIGH ON A CHILLY, windswept Colorado ridge, a team of athletes prepare their gear for their first full day of competition at the Adventure Team Challenge. Underneath the World T.E.A.M. archway, they ready their bikes and packs as they wait for the countdown to their staged start. With the sun shyly peeking out from departing overnight clouds, the Colorado River more than a thousand feet below looks like a glimmering ribbon, rather than a mighty river plunging through Gore Canyon. Each team at the Challenge includes five athletes, two being adaptive. One athlete is a wheelchair user, so teams thoughtfully strategize and practice the most efficient and practical ways to travel through the remote terrain. In the hours to come, team members will ride bikes and handcycles, climb rocky, steep trails through sweat and determination, determine routes to checkpoints with maps and a compass, scale sheer granite outcroppings on ropes and raft through churning rapids in the Colorado River to reach base camp. And that is just the first day. Inspired by adventure competitions that test outdoor skills and stamina in remote and often dangerous environments, the Challenge is unique in that adaptive and able-bodied athletes must work together to succeed. Since all athletes are required to complete every stage, teams use innovation and technology to create ways WORLD T.E.A.M. SPORTS ANNUAL REVIEW 2017