Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports teams at Adams State provide world-class support for their athletes. Teams have paid coaches, individualized training plans, and all competition expenses including travel, food, lodging and entry fees are provided. Adventure Sports develops new athletes and increases the success of experienced athletes. Students interested in climbing or cycling are encouraged to join a team even if they have no prior experience in competitive adventure sports.

climbing rex competition

Why join an Adventure Sports Team at Adams State?

  • The San Luis Valley provides incredibly diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation
  • Small class sizes with professors invested in your success
  • Develop lifelong friendships with like-minded student athletes passionate about outdoor pursuits
  • Learn how to set and achieve personal goals
  • 300+ days of sunshine
  • Receive regular individual coaching instruction in Cycling or Climbing
  • All team members travel and compete for free

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What our team members have to say

"The climbing team allows me to spend time with other people who push and encourage me to work harder, climb stronger, and have more fun. Each member of the team is as excited to see me do well as they are when they do well."

-Seth Clock

"Being on the Adams state cycling team has been very beneficial to my cycling career, due to the amount of support that Adams provides the team. I KNOW that if it weren't for the resources afforded to me I would not have progressed from a cat5 cyclist never having raced, to becoming the cyclist I am today."

-Mark Johnson

Adventure Sports Instagram

Congratulations Jeremy Norris!Nationals qualifier in XC and Bronze πŸ₯‰ medalist 2017 USA Cycling STXC Cat 1 MTB National Champion! #Snowshoe #AdamsState #USAcycling #mudrace Learning a ton at the USAClimbing coaching symposium from the best in our sport, the US Olympic Committee, and the Positive Coaching Alliance. πŸ’Ž

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Tamera Rice Adventure Sports Coordinator

Coordinator of Adventure Sports
Tamera Rice

Tamera has been in sports and recreation all her life. In high school she was a life guard and swimming instructor and played on the tennis team, showed horses and skied. She has two Daughters, Grace and Susannah have been in sports during their school years. Tamera is a part-time (weekend) ski instructor at the "Earnie" Blake Ski School in Taos Ski Valley, NM.

Recently she graduated with a Master's of Education in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Arkansas. She has extensive experience in parks and recreation strategic planning, Emergency Management Plans, administrative review of facilities, fundraising and brings the following experience to ASU; funding sustainable food hub systems, business development, sports and recreation business, grant writing, recreation and conservation design, marketing and public relations experience in United States, Latin America and Spain.

She is interested in empirically based research in solving health problems outside of the healthcare system and specialized in sustainable recreation programming and facilities design, conservation and low impact development.

A volunteer National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) coach for Haas Hall Academy winning 2nd place in Arkansas State Championship, 2016.

Accomplishments: Wrote three grants in 2015 to fund NICA and IMBA coach's training for first NICA teams in Arkansas. Was a Rotary Scholar in Argentina, grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, 2007 Men's PGA Board of Directors Marketing Chair and 1992 Spain Olympics P.R. ambassador with XEROX Corporation.

Certifications: Professional Ski Instructor Association Level I instructor, National Interscholastic Cycling Association certified coach, Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Certified.

Her focus is active lifestyles and belief in the natural world as necessary for authentic connection with ourselves and the world and will guide Adam's State University student athletes toward their vocations and success.

More About Adams State

Our campus is centrally located between the Monarch, Taos, and Wolf Creek Ski Resorts. In addition for our Climbing Team and Mountain Bikers, Penitente Canyon offers world class rock climbing in a natural outdoor setting as well as some of the nations best training trails for mountain biking.

Our top-quality coaching, sports medicine, and training and conditioning staff encourage our athletes to perform to the best of their abilities, both on the field and in the classroom. Resistance training for injury prevention and improved performance is an important part of the ASU athletic experience and is maintained in both in-season and off-season programs.

The Department of Student Life and Recreation has developed programming for athletes to encourage sportsmanship and leadership. Because so many of life’s lessons can be learned through athletic participation, this is a natural place for us to teach our students the importance of integrity, courage, compassion, respect, responsibility, and honesty--the core virtues expressed in our professional programs.