Warriors hiking at the crest of a peak in the San Juan mountains of Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION PROCESS »
NOMINATION PROCESS »
PREPARATION PROCESS »
GENERAL EXPEDITION QUESTIONS »
FIVE DAY MODERATE EXPEDITIONS »
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APPLICATION PROCESS

Who is eligible for a No Barriers Warriors expedition?
We serve all veterans from all branches of the military and from all conflicts and campaigns. We require a confirmation of service and VA disability status. When applying for an expedition, please provide a copy of your DD214 and a VA disability determination letter. If you have trouble uploading these documents to your application, or have questions concerning these documents, please contact the Warriors Service Coordinator at warriors@nobarriersusa.org or call (970)484-3633 ext. 321.

In addition, each expedition has a set of Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC). You can view the EEC here.

How much do these expeditions cost for veterans?
These expeditions are offered at no cost to veterans. This includes airline transportation to and from the expedition location, meals, any ground transportation, lodging, and group camping gear (e.g. stoves, tents, sleeping bags, rain gear, etc).

Do I need any prior experience, skills, or training?
Nope! No prior experience is required for our expeditions. We ask that you come with an open mind and a ready to learn attitude! Be willing to take direction from our expedition leaders and be open to new experiences with fellow veterans.

How long does the application process take?
Our application process is a multi-month process. We ensure every application gets the time and review it deserves. Chosen applicants demonstrate a need for the program, a positive attitude concerning the experience, and a willingness to overcome physical challenges. The selection process begins 3 months, or more, prior to each expedition. Applicants are contacted, interviewed, and chosen 8 to 12 weeks before an expedition.

What occurs during the application process?
Once an applicant has been contacted by the Warriors staff, the applicant will interview with staff, complete a registration form, and speak with the Warriors Team Doctor for the medical screening phase. Applicants will be selected based on this process and their need for the program, a positive attitude concerning the experience, and a willingness to overcome physical challenges.

Can I apply for more than one expedition?
Yes! The application will ask you to provide your expedition preferences based on duration and difficulty level. You can check multiple preferences. Some expeditions may have different eligibility requirements, so please read each description thoroughly before applying.

I applied for or attended a No Barriers Warriors trip in the past, can I apply again?
Yes! If you use the same email address, some fields of your application may be pre-populated, making the application process a bit speedier. If you are not sure what email address you used in the past, please email us at warriors@nobarriersusa.org.

Can family members, spouses, partners, caregivers or service dogs come along?
We do not currently serve families or have space for caregivers or spouses. Service dogs are welcome on all expeditions, however some expedition environments are more challenging for a dog. Please check the specific essential eligibility requirements for each expedition for more details. If you have specific questions related to caregivers or service dogs, please feel free to contact our Warriors Service Coordinator at (970)484-3633 ext. 321 or at warriors@nobarriersusa.org.

I need some assistance with my application, who can I contact?
If you need assistance filling out an application, or require a paper copy of the application, please contact the Warriors Service Coordinator via phone at (970)484-3633 ext. 321 or email warriors@nobarriersusa.org.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Who can nominate a veteran?
Anyone can nominate a veteran- whether you are a friend, family member, civilian, or military member, or yourself.

How can I nominate a veteran?
To nominate a veteran, visit our nomination page and fill out the information requested.

What happens after I submit my nomination?
After you submit a nomination form, your nominee will be notified via email to apply to one of our expeditions. Information will be provided to the nominated veteran concerning the expeditions and information about our organization. A nominated veteran must complete an application to be considered for an expedition and also has the option to not apply.

PREPARATION PROCESS

If I am selected for an expedition, what happens next?
If you are selected for an expedition, you will work with the Warriors staff to book your travel and discuss any questions concerning the expedition. You will learn more about the No Barriers curriculum and how to prepare both mentally and physically for the expedition.

You will have personal contact with the Warriors Service Coordinator who can help to arrange any specific accommodations you may need and answer personal questions. Before departing, there will be a team conference call where the expedition leaders, the Warriors Service Coordinator, and your fellow team members will discuss specific expedition details, packing preparation for the expedition, and answer any other remaining questions.

Are there any training guidelines to help me get in shape?
We do have suggested training tips that can be discussed with the Warriors staff after being selected to an expedition. We encourage our participants to talk openly with staff as they prepare for the expedition about any concerns or questions they have.

Mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation. Our expeditions are designed to challenge and to stretch participants. Some moments may present more challenges than others and there will be variability in each day. We ask our participants to embrace the journey as it comes and be open to new experiences with fellow veterans.

GENERAL EXPEDITION QUESTIONS

Can I bring my service animal?
Service animals are allowed on all expeditions. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conditions on each expedition, please contact the Warriors Service Coordinator at warriors@nobarriersusa.org or call (970)484-3633 ext. 321.

Who leads the expeditions?
Our expeditions are facilitated by leaders with knowledge and training in the outdoors, disability, risk management, working with veterans, and the No Barriers curriculum. Some of our Expedition Leaders have climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, such as K2 and Everest. Others have fought tirelessly on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. You can learn more about some of our Expeditions Leaders here.

How many veterans are on the team?
There are typically 12 veterans on each expedition, led by 3 expedition leaders.

I am coming from sea-level and am concerned about how the altitude will affect me.
Many of our participants come from sea level and our leaders are well trained in the effects of altitude. You will have an evening at a lower altitude in the front range of Colorado before moving higher into the mountains which have a higher elevation. It is important to drink water and stay hydrated during these transitions. From the moment you arrive, your leaders will encourage you to drink water and will be monitoring everyone for signs of altitude symptoms.

What is the weather like in Colorado in the summer?
Weather in the mountains of Colorado has a reputation for being variable and can change within the same day. Temperatures can range from 30 F o the 80 F, or higher, depending on the time of day and elevation. The outdoor elements can be part of the challenge we meet in the backcountry. We prepare for both sun and rain with proper rain gear, warm layers and plenty of sunscreen.

Where will participants be staying?
In the backcountry, participants will be staying in a tent with no more than two other people. We provide the tents, as well as the sleeping pads and sleeping bags.

What does a typical meal include?
Backcountry meals vary from expedition to expedition, though some examples of favorite meals in the past have been quesadillas, fajita soup, and spicy sausage spaghetti. If you have any food allergies, please list them on your registration. You will also receive a variety of snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day. And of course, there will be coffee and tea!

What happens if I do not have any of the appropriate gear?
No Barriers provides the majority of camping equipment and clothing. Gear lists are provided to each individual with specific gear for each expedition. When participants complete their registration form, size information is gathered for boots, rain gear, and trekking clothes. Typical camping equipment provided includes but is not limited to: tents, sleeping bags, pads, trekking poles, backpacks, cutlery, water purification pens, gravity bags, and more.

FIVE DAY MODERATE EXPEDITIONS

What occurs on a five day moderate expedition?
The five day moderate expeditions are multi-event expeditions. They occur in the Red Feather Lakes region at our EDUCO property. Together, your 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 backcountry with 2500’ of elevation gain at over 8000 feet. While at our rural camp, you will cook together, rest up from each day’s challenge, and spend time with your fellow veterans.

FIVE DAY DIFFICULT EXPEDITIONS

What occurs on a five day difficult expedition?
The five 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 three days at elevation, bonding as a team and overcoming physical and personal barriers.

SEVEN DAY DIFFICULT EXPEDITIONS

What occurs on a seven day difficult expedition?
The seven day difficult level expeditions are set in remote wilderness areas in Colorado and New Mexico. Participants spend 5 days in the backcountry 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.