Flag Gallery


Children of Fallen Patriots

In the Summer of 2014 a new program, in partnership with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, allowed children of fallen service members to carry on the legacy of their loved ones and experience the transformational power of rafting down the San Juan River.

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Holgate Glacier

Students holding the No Barriers flag high in front of the Holgate Glacier in Alaska while traveling on the first-ever Climate Change Academy during the summer of 2014.

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Peruvian Amazon!

Two students from Colorado Academy on the Canopy Walkway in the Peruvian Amazon!

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Leading the Way – Rim to River Program

Participants in the 2014 Leading the Way - Rim to River Program at camp while making their way through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.

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Learning AFAR – Costa Rica

Our Learning AFAR New York students celebrating their No Barriers moments at the end of their expedition in Costa Rica!

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Arches National Park

Lesher Middle School teachers, Allison Peace and Josh Swann, in Arches National Park after leading their group of students on our 9-Day Canyon Skies: U.S. Southwest adventure!

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2014 Leading the Way – Sound Academy Program

Participants in the 2014 Leading the Way - Sound Academy Program aboard a raft floating down the Grand Canyon proudly raising their No Barriers flag!

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Climate Change Academy in Alaska

In the summer of 2014, these students and teacher traveled on the first-ever No Barriers USA Climate Change Academy! They're all smiles after scrambling up the boulder field behind Kayakers Cove, looking out at Resurrection Bay in Seward, AK!

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Yvonne Heib & Michelle Poitier: No Barriers Outdoor Classic

Yvonne Heib (Alumnus of No Barriers Soldiers - Virginia Women's Retreat) and Michelle Poitier (No Barriers Soldiers Mentor) after their 6 mile hike at Mountain Air Country Club.

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Team Clay

Around two years, Clay Schwinger started raising donations for No Barriers as part of a good deed project for his Bar-Mitzvah.  The fundraising name is Teton 2013 Team Clay and his intentions were to summit the Grand Teton last summer when he was 12 years old with his dad and his older brother Perry.  He raised over $1,100 and he since has received a No Barriers flag. Last year, bad weather prohibited his summit attempt, so the three of them returned to the Grand Teton this summer on August 15th and summited the Grand via the upper Exum ridge on August 18th. Clay ...

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Mt. Washington Summit

Kristen Sykes met us and got our flag at the Peaks Foundation Women’s Leadership retreat this past July.  Here’s a photo of her with her 12-year niece, Elena, after they backpacked through a hail storm to the summit of Mt. Washington in NH on August 7, 2014. This was the first mountain Elena ever climbed! For this suburban girl who lives in Vienna, VA (outside of DC) this was the most nature she has ever experienced. Not shown in this picture are Kristen's friend and her friend's 8-year daughter who climbed with them. Girl power!

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Csaba Orban

Csaba
Csaba, a visually impaired ultra runner, finished the UltraBalaton, 132-miles nonstop foot race, with a stellar time of 26 hrs 23 minutes. That's 3 hours and 46 minutes faster than last year's result! Some perspective on just how tough this race is — overall finishing rate was 60%. Csaba carried his No Barriers flag with him and proudly held it high at his finish line. He had two guides throughout the race, Csaba Kerekes and Peter Kimmel. At the finish, they let him go on the way free of obstacles, to grab his personalized finish line tape - something to treasure!

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New York Students

NY Students
Plattsburgh City School District students reach their No Barriers Everest assignment after being inspired by Erik Weihenmayer.

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Sasha, Jen and Maria: Neural Interfaces Conference

At the Neural Interfaces Conference in Dallas, No Barriers Board Member, Sasha, and No Barriers Summit University presenter, Jen French, showed engineers and clinicians how their electrical implants work, just like Jen did in Telluride! They also met up with a quadriplegic, Maria Sutter, who has similar implants in her arms and hands to enable her to grip a cup and use a hand ball racket to play with her dog, Bronson.

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Dave and Shannon: What’s Your Everest


Christine: Returning Home from the Summit

I live in southern California and decided to make the trip to the No Barrier Summit in Telluride, Colorado on my own. Along the way, I stopped off to hike, photograph and explore much of Colorado. In total, I drove myself over 1700 miles and had a blast with all of the people I met at the Summit and along the way. What I hoped to accomplish with this trip was to show that it’s possible for a disabled woman to travel alone and have a great time. I hoped to demonstrate that with a little planning and a good attitude, the world will open up to you in amazing ways. T...

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Dave, Brad and Katherine: Mount Elbert

Dave Shurna, Brad Rogers, and Katherine Ragazzino, a past Soldiers to Summits participant, pause for a photo on their way up Mount Elbert.

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Erik Weihenmayer

“Psyched to be out on a kayak training trip with good friends in the Grand Canyon. I’m smiling because I just made it through a section of rapids called the ‘roaring 20s’ without so much as a flip!”

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Greg and Rhonda Brenneman: Mount Elbert

“The day after celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary, we climbed Mount Elbert with No Barriers. What a way to celebrate!”

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Jack Weinstein: Telluride

Jack at the 2013 No Barriers Summit in Telluride, CO.

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Jack Weinstein: San Francisco

Jack poses after swimming 1.5 miles from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in support of No Barriers USA. Jack raised more than $45,000 for No Barriers through his swim.

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Jeff Evans

No Barriers Ambassador and Soldiers Advisory Board Member, Jeff Evans, celebrating a backcountry skiing birthday!

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Jane Jennings: Volcan Baru

“This photo is near the top of Volcán Barú, the tallest mountain in Panama at 11,398 feet. It was the HARDEST thing I’ve ever done! It was 12 hours straight of hiking beginning at midnight, but we made it to the summit for sunrise, which by far surpassed any physical challenge we encountered on the way up.”

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Jeff Evans: Mount Kilimanjaro

No Barriers Soldiers Advisory Board Member, Jeff Evans, atop Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) in Tanzania.

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Volunteer Memmy and Team: Rocky Mountains


2012 What’s Your Everest: Mount Elbert

A group of “What’s Your Everest?” climbers pose atop Mount Elbert in June 2012. The “What’s Your Everest?” climb brings together the No Barriers community of supporters to raise funds and build relationships while overcoming a very present barrier: climbing a 14,000 foot mountain.

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2012 What’s Your Everest: Mount Elbert Image 2

A group of “What’s Your Everest?” climbers pose atop Mount Elbert in June 2012. The “What’s Your Everest?” climb brings together the No Barriers community of supporters to raise funds and build relationships while overcoming a very present barrier: climbing a 14,000 foot mountain. Learn more about the annual event here.

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Jana Zunich: Mount Elbert

“Breathing at 10,000 feet is interesting enough without feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest and you are going to jump out of your skin or go crazy. As soon as I started the climb I had a panic attack — what the heck is an out of shape, overweight 56 year old woman doing with this pack of young, fit soldiers? But, dammit, I made it. Not pretty. In fact , kinda ugly. But I made it to my goal. Mainly by remembering what Jeff had said the night before — reaching the summit is far more mental than physical, and that we had to remember to keep our minds ...

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Skyler and Team: Torreys Peak