2017 No Barriers Warriors Expedition – Application

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General No Barriers Warriors Essential Eligibility Criteria

No Barriers Warriors Essential Eligibility Criteria

The mission of No Barriers Warriors is to improve the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. No Barriers Warriors values diversity and inclusion in our programming and the emotional, mental and physical well-being of our participants is the top priority. While we specialize in integrating veterans with disabilities in our programming, No Barriers Warriors is not a wilderness therapy program.

The No Barriers Warriors Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) is a list of the physical and cognitive requirements for participation in No Barriers Warriors expeditions. These are not intended to be exclusionary, but a resource for veterans with disabilities when considering participation in a No Barriers Warriors program. If you have concerns about your ability to meet certain criteria, please contact No Barriers Warriors to determine if reasonable accommodations can be made to facilitate your participation in our programming. If you have questions about the No Barriers Warriors EEC, please email Warriors@NoBarriersUSA.org or call (970)484-3633, ext.321.    

All participants on a No Barriers Warriors expedition must be able to meet the following general requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver:

1.    Be comfortable mentally, emotionally and physically on a coed expedition or on a same sex expedition (as applicable, depending on program) in a remote backcountry environment.

2.    Effectively notify leaders or other participants of personal distress, injury, illness or the need for assistance.

3.    Effectively warn others of potential or impending hazards such as falling rocks, slick terrain, rock slide, aggressive animals, falling person(s) or other hazards.

4.    Perceive, understand and follow instructions on wilderness travel, risk management, personal care, hazard avoidance and other topics, such as a direction to move, stand still or other action required to avoid a serious threat. Such instructions may be delivered in a potentially hazardous or stressful environment.

5.    Perform necessary self-care, including maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration, dressing appropriately for environmental conditions and maintaining personal hygiene.

6.    Manage any known medical conditions for at least 30 days prior to the scheduled expedition and through completion of the expedition. If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from instructors or others. Participants who have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease are ineligible to participate in expeditions over 7,500 feet due to health risks associated with higher altitudes.

7.    Remain alert and focused for extended periods of time, sometimes up to 12 hours, while traveling through the wilderness and other remote terrain.

8.    Act in a manner consistent with “Leave No Trace” principles. Participants do not need to know the Leave No Trace principles prior to participating in a No Barriers Warriors expedition; however, all participants must be able to follow their leader’s directions regarding minimum impact guidelines.

9.    Attend to toileting needs in a wilderness environment with no facilities.

10.  Participate and equally share responsibilities with the team in daily tent group, cook group and expedition tasks, such as cooking, filtering water or doing dishes. Each participant may not do an equal share every day, but should do an equal share over the entirety of the expedition.

11.  Expect that no other participant or leader will be able to assume a greater share of the participant’s share of the work including carrying extra weight  or demanding a greater share of the leader’s time, focus and/or their energy.

12.  Refrain from any alcohol or illicit drug use for the duration of the expedition.

13.  Support a physically, emotionally and mentally healthy learning environment for all. This is done in part by:

  1. Coming with an open mind and a willingness to try new things.
  2. Displaying tolerance, respect and compassion towards all.
  3. Accepting differences.
  4. Maintaining a positive attitude, even when challenged physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  5. Taking personal responsibility for your belongings and behavior.
  6. Effectively communicating ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.
  7. Possessing a willingness to put the group's needs before those of the individual.
  8. Tolerate changes in diet, group living, long days filled with mentally and physically challenging activities and a routine that is likely much different than your routine at home.

Please refer to the essential Eligibility Criteria for each individual expedition at ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


2017 No Barriers Warriors Expeditions
No Barriers Warriors runs many other expeditions throughout 2017. These expeditions can be classified under the following 3 descriptions. Please select any trip that would interest you.

Our 5 day moderate expeditions occur at our beautiful Red Feather Lakes Property just northwest of Fort Collins, CO. Together, the team will experience the No Barriers Life while white-water rafting the Poudre River, climbing our exclusive rock formations, and trekking 8 miles through the Colorado back country with 2500' of elevation gain at over 8,000 feet. While at our rural camp, the team cooks together, camps together, and rests together after each day's challenge, building an amazing bond with each other. 
5 Day Moderate Essential Eligibility Criteria

Please read the specific Essential Eligibility Requirements specific to a 5 day moderate expedition:

In addition to the general Essential Eligibility Criteria required for all No Barriers Warriors programming listed in the general requirements, participants on our 5-Day moderate expeditions must be able to complete the following requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver: 

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack. Participants must meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to this expedition: 

a. Travel a distance of 8 miles over 8 hours while carrying up to 25lb daypack. 

b. Ascend an 8,000ft peak if weather and time permit.

c. Carry a pack weight of up to 25lbs for portions of the trip. This weight includes individual gear.

d. Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, human made and animals made trails that can be as slim as two feet, rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders, ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather. 

e. If conditions become adverse, travel without breaks for over an hour. 

f. Live in a physically demanding, rural environment for the uninterrupted period of program length, which consists of five days and four nights. Conditions of this environment may vary from below freezing to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on season, and may include, but is not limited to, rain or freezing rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. Elevations vary from 6,000ft to 8,000ft. 

g. Learn and safely perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

h. Wear all required safety gear such as an approved harness, approved helmet, etc. 

2. At minimum, be able to complete tasks associated with white water rafting and safely negotiating down river in an inflatable boat at a class III rating or higher. Participants must meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to this expedition: 

a. Comfortable mentally, emotionally, and physically on a coed expedition or on a same sex expedition in a white water environment. 

b. Wear all protective equipment required by the whitewater organization included to but not limited to, Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and helmet. 

c. Comfortable in moving and still water including floating on their back with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device, turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while underwater. 

d. Be able to understand, perceive, listen to, and respond to audible or visual commands given by the rafting guide in a white water environment which includes being inside the boat or swimming outside the boat. 

e. Must be able to swim independently in moving water in the direction stated by the rafting guide. Enter and exit the raft independently and remain seated and balanced within the raft while maintaining control of a paddle.

3. At minimum, be able to complete tasks associated with rock climbing and safely negotiating rock faces up to 5.10 rating. Participants must meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to this expedition: 

a. Communicate effectively with leaders, or other participants, of personal distress, injury, illness, or the need for assistance at a distance of 40 feet or greater. 

b. Effectively warn others of potential or impending hazards such as falling rocks, rock slide, aggressive animals, falling person, or other hazards. 

c. Wear all required safety equipment, including but not limited to, approved harness, approved helmet, and approved carabiners. 

d. Move in designated direction upon rock face using different techniques, such as but not limited to, repelling, upward climbing, or side to side movement.  Be able to perceive, understand and respond to audible or visual commands given by belay partner or communicate such commands to belay partner used to maneuver around rock face.



Our 5 day difficult expeditions occur in some of Colorado's most beautiful wilderness settings. The team will trek to an alpine lake, establish a base camp, and attempt to summit one of the local 12,000 foot peaks. The team will cover 15 miles over 3 days at elevation, bonding as a team and overcoming physical and personal barriers.  
5 Day Difficult Essential Eligibility Requirements
Please read the specific Essential Eligibility Requirements specific to a 5 day difficult expedition: 

In addition to the general Essential Eligibility Criteria required for all No Barriers Warriors programming listed in the general requirements, participants on our 5-Day difficult (Co-Ed) expeditions must be able to complete the following requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver:

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain carrying up to a 60lb backpack. Participants must be able to meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to this expedition:

a.  Travel a minimum distance of 15 miles over four days and three nights, with at least five of these miles occurring in one day.

b.  Duration of travel ranges from less than one hour to more than seven hours in one day and occurs on successive days at a minimum pace of two miles per hour.

c. Ascend a 13,000ft peak, if weather and time permit while carrying up to a 25 lb pack.

d.  Carry a pack weight of no more than 60lbs throughout the expedition. This weight includes group gear in addition to personal gear. Lighter packs are carried, up to 25 lbs, for peak ascents, such as an ascent of a 13,000ft peak.

e.  Travel conditions may include, but are not  limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, human made and animal made trails that can be as slim as two feet, rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders, ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.

f.  If conditions become adverse, travel can occur without breaks for over an hour.

2. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of course length, which consists of four days and three nights. Conditions of this environment may vary from below freezing to above 90 degrees fahrenheit, depending on season, and may include, but is not limited to, rain or freezing rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. Elevations vary from 7,000ft to 13,000ft.

3. Learn and safely perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

4. Tolerate being several hours or up to a day away from medical facilities. The remoteness for the 5-Day Difficult expedition is such that it may require, at a minimum, one day’s travel, to reach the nearest road, trailhead, town or advanced medical care.



Our 7 day difficult expeditions are set in remote wilderness areas in Colorado and New Mexico. Participants spend 5 days in the back country trekking and mountaineering at elevations ranging from 7,500 to 14,000 feet. Teams will cover between 20 and 40 miles depending on the location and elevation. All experiences are designed to push participants to their physical limits and encourage team camaraderie.

7 Day Difficult Essential Eligibility Requirment
Please read the specific Essential Eligibility Requirements specific to a 7 day difficult expedition:                 
In addition to the general Essential Eligibility Criteria required for all No Barriers Warriors programming listed in the general requirements, participants on our 7-Day difficult (Co-ed) expeditions must be able to complete the following requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver:

Note:  Expedition locations and itineraries vary for the 7-Day difficult expeditions.   Distances covered range from 25-40 miles total and occur at 6,000 to 14,000 feet elevation:

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack. You must be able to meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to these expedition:

a. Travel between 25-40 miles over six days and five nights, with at least ten of these miles occurring in one day depending on expedition location and itinerary.

b. Duration of travel ranges from less than three hours to more than seven hours in one day and occurs on successive days at a minimum pace of two miles per hour.

c. Ascend a 14,000ft peak, if weather and time permit.

d. Carry a pack weight of 60lbs throughout this expedition. This weight includes group gear in addition to personal gear. Lighter packs weighing up to 25 lbs are carried for peak ascents, such as an ascent of a 14,000ft peak.

e. Travel conditions may include, but are limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, human made and animals made trails that can be as slim as two feet, rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders, ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.

f. If conditions become adverse, travel without breaks for over an hour.

g. Perform up to 50 stream/river crossings over uneven, slippery rocks in ankle to knee deep water.

2. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of course length, which consists of six days and five nights. Conditions of this environment may vary from below freezing to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on season, and may include, but is not limited to, rain or freezing rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. Elevations vary from 7,000ft to 14,000ft depending on expedition location and itinerary.

3. Learn and safely perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

4. Tolerate being several hours or up to a day away from medical facilities. The remoteness for the 7-Day Difficult expedition is such that it may require, at a minimum, one day’s travel, to reach the nearest, road, trailhead, town or advanced medical care.


Raytheon Expedition 

Our 10 day difficult expedition, sponsored by Raytheon Missile Systems, is set in the beautiful Wind River Range. Spend 8 days trekking through a remote wilderness, with the opportunity to watch the rare  Solar eclipse amongst a mountainous skyline. This expedition team will attempt a summit of Gannett Peak and end their journey at the Trail Lake trail head. 
Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating, who currently reside in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California.
Raytheon Essential Eligibility Requirements
Please read the specific Essential Eligibility Requirements specific to a 10 day difficult expedition:                 
In addition to the general Essential Eligibility Criteria required for all No Barriers Warriors programming listed in the general requirements, participants on our 10-Day difficult (Co-ed) expedition must be able to complete the following requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver:

Note:  Expedition locations and itineraries vary for the 10-Day difficult expeditions.   Distances covered range from 25-40 miles total and occur at 6,000 to 14,000 feet elevation:

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack. You must be able to meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to these expedition:

a. Travel between 25-40 miles over 9 days and 8 nights, with at least ten of these miles occurring in one day depending on expedition location and itinerary.

b. Duration of travel ranges from less than three hours to more than seven hours in one day and occurs on successive days at a minimum pace of two miles per hour.

c. Ascend a 14,000ft peak, if weather and time permit.

d. Carry a pack weight of 60lbs throughout this expedition. This weight includes group gear in addition to personal gear. Lighter packs weighing up to 25 lbs are carried for peak ascents, such as an ascent of a 14,000ft peak.

e. Travel conditions may include, but are limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, human made and animals made trails that can be as slim as two feet, rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders, ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.

f. If conditions become adverse, travel without breaks for over an hour.

g. Perform up to 50 stream/river crossings over uneven, slippery rocks in ankle to knee deep water.

2. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of course length, which consists of 9 days and 8 nights. Conditions of this environment may vary from below freezing to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on season, and may include, but is not limited to, rain or freezing rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. Elevations vary from 7,000ft to 14,000ft depending on expedition location and itinerary.

3. Learn and safely perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

4. Tolerate being several hours or multiple days away from medical facilities. The remoteness for the 10-Day Difficult expedition is such that it may require, at a minimum, one day’s travel, to reach the nearest, road, trailhead, town or advanced medical care.


Rise Broadband Expedition

Our Rocky Mountain Veteran Expedition, sponsored by Rise Broadband, takes place in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver, CO.  A team of 12 veterans with disabilities will hammer out 40 miles in 5 days in the backcountry while crossing several passes and attempting to summit a local peak. Starting at 9,500 feet the team will trek to progressively higher camps, ending up at above the tree line in preparation for their summit attempt.  The team will challenge themselves, both physically and mentally, as they experience the No Barriers life through facilitated exercises and discussions. During this 8-day experience, including a service project with a partner non-profit, the team will support each other and build a new rope team. 
Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating, who currently reside in ID, NV, UT, CO, WY, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, MN, IA, MO, WI, IN, and IL.
Rise Broadband Expedition Essential Eligibility Requirements 
Please read the specific Essential Eligibility Requirements specific to an 8 day difficult expedition:                 
In addition to the general Essential Eligibility Criteria required for all No Barriers Warriors programming listed in the general requirements, participants on our 8 Day difficult (Co-ed) expedition must be able to complete the following requirements without assistance from a personal aide or caregiver:

Note:  Expedition locations and itineraries vary for the 8 Day difficult expeditions.   Distances covered range from 25-40 miles total and occur at 6,000 to 14,000 feet elevation:

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack. You must be able to meet the following travel requirements as it applies specifically to these expedition:

a. Travel between 25-40 miles over seven days and six nights, with at least ten of these miles occurring in one day depending on expedition location and itinerary.

b. Duration of travel ranges from less than three hours to more than seven hours in one day and occurs on successive days at a minimum pace of two miles per hour.

c. Ascend a 14,000ft peak, if weather and time permit.

d. Carry a pack weight of 60lbs throughout this expedition. This weight includes group gear in addition to personal gear. Lighter packs weighing up to 25 lbs are carried for peak ascents, such as an ascent of a 14,000ft peak.

e. Travel conditions may include, but are limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain, human made and animals made trails that can be as slim as two feet, rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders, ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation and any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather.

f. If conditions become adverse, travel without breaks for over an hour.

g. Perform up to 50 stream/river crossings over uneven, slippery rocks in ankle to knee deep water.

2. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of course length, which consists of 8 days and 7 nights. Conditions of this environment may vary from below freezing to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on season, and may include, but is not limited to, rain or freezing rain, snow or hail, uninterrupted sun and/or wind, or the absence thereof. Elevations vary from 7,000ft to 14,000ft depending on expedition location and itinerary.

3. Learn and safely perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

4. Tolerate being several hours or multiple days away from medical facilities. The remoteness for the 8 Day Difficult expedition is such that it may require, at a minimum, one day’s travel, to reach the nearest, road, trailhead, town or advanced medical care.


Availability

Trip Preference
No Barriers Warriors offers both same sex and co-ed expeditions. There are all male expeditions and all female expeditions as well as expeditions that have men and women on them. 


If you have any questions as you move through the application, please contact us at warriors@nobarriersusa.org or call our office at 970-484-3633 ext 321.
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