About No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors, a program of No Barriers USA, improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. Our experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, pioneer through adversity and step up and serve others.
Through experiences that are one part adventure, one part curriculum, and one part physical challenge, we show veterans that what’s within them is stronger than what’s in front of them.
No Barriers Warriors started as an innovative idea to celebrate the tenth anniversary of blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer’s historic climb of Mount Everest. From this idea, a program originally called Soldiers to Summits was born. Erik and his Everest teammates led a group of disabled soldiers, all injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, to the summit of Lobuche, a 20,100-foot peak in the Himalayas. The quest was documented in the film High Ground.
In 2012, No Barriers USA and Soldiers to Summits were both looking for ways to expand the impact of their programs for youth and veterans, believing that their transformative experiences could change the lives of many more individuals. No Barriers USA wrapped Soldiers to Summits into its organization and immediately added transformative programs for wounded veterans and survivors to its suite of offerings.
Under the name Soldiers to Summits, No Barriers executed the South Pole Allied Challenge (SPAC) with Britain’s Prince Harry, as well as climbs of Peru’s Mariposa 1 and Ecuador’s Cotopaxi. Then in 2015, No Barriers USA realized that, while “Soldiers” was a great name, it didn’t quite fit the population we serve. With an eye toward aiding veterans with disabilities from all branches of service, as well as survivors of the fallen, we became No Barriers Warriors. Concurrently, Soldiers to Summits became Warriors to Summits and remains the name of our annual capstone expedition.