Checking Red Rocks off his bucket list
Killin' it on the lacrosse field
On top of the world
A pro lacrosse player for Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws and the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth, Brent Adams moved to Colorado two years ago after a lifetime on the East Coast. And it certainly didn't take him very long to adjust to his new surroundings. Here Adams sounds off on what he loves most about his new home — and the long list of upcoming Colorado adventures he can’t wait to pursue.
What brought you to Colorado?
The growth of lacrosse in the greater Denver area has exploded in the last few years, and I noticed an opportunity to get involved. Also, the idea of being able to snowboard in the morning and train/coach in the afternoon was intriguing to say the least.
From Massachusetts to Maryland, you’ve played Major League Lacrosse in some awesome states. What makes Colorado special to you?
The fans in Colorado are awesome, and it's one of the only cities that has both a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team and a National Lacrosse League (NLL) team. It's been too cool to have fans that cross over from one season to the next. This is also the first time that I've lived in the market of the team that I play for so I have a lot more opportunities to see fans in the community, which is crucial for the growth of our sport.
You’re a lacrosse coach and a player — which role do you like best?
If I had to choose, I'd have to go with being a player. I fell in love with the sport at an early age and will continue to play until I physically can't anymore. Having said that, I owe a lot of my successes as a player in my professional career to being a coach. Coaching undoubtedly has made me a better player, and I love that dynamic.
Tell us about your most memorable Colorado adventure so far.
We hear you like to hike. Any favorite trails to share?
It's tough for me to pick favorite trails because there's never been one that has disappointed, but I've been spending a lot of time in Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden recently. I usually don't hike in the same spot more than once or twice, because there are endless trails to explore and I like to constantly change it up, but Golden Gate has so many different peaks that I want to conquer.
As an avid snowboarder, where is your go-to place to hit the slopes? Why?
Last winter I rode at Breckenridge and Keystone most of the time but took a few trips to Steamboat Springs, which had the best conditions I've ever seen. Pair Steamboat snow conditions with friends who work on the mountain and know all of the nooks and crannies of the backcountry and I was a kid in a candy store.
Are there any places and/or activities in Colorado you are dying to experience? What’s next on your agenda?
I have a laundry list of things I want to experience in Colorado! I've only climbed four fourteeners, but I intend to cross a bunch off next year. I definitely want to get more into technical climbing. I free solo-climb whenever I see something that I can handle but haven't gone up anything that really scares me, which is the whole point, right?
As far as what I want to accomplish snowboarding, I'd love to get away from the resorts a little and start riding in the backcountry more. This past year was really the first time that I did some true backcountry riding, and there's really no going back from those type of conditions and lines. I grew up on the East Coast and was lucky if I went snowboarding two or three times a year, so I never timed a snowstorm well enough to experience an epic powder day. Now that I have, I can't get enough.
Is there anything else you’d like share that you think readers might find interesting?
I'd just like to encourage readers to come check out a professional lacrosse game! There's a reason why lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., and it's my duty to facilitate that growth. It's a fast-paced, physical, high-scoring, loud medley of all the pro sports we have in Denver. We’re lucky to have not just one, but two, pro-lacrosse teams in Denver — the Mammoth and the Outlaws — that battle at the Pepsi Center (Mammoth) and Mile High Stadium (Outlaws).