Rocky Mountain Veteran Expedition
sponsored by Rise Broadband


Location: Colorado Rocky Mountains

Eligibility: 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.

Essential Eligibility Criteria: Please review criteria 2018 NB Warriors Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Duration: 8 days total, including 5 days in the backcountry

Focus area(s): ): No Barriers Warriors curriculum, Mountaineering, back country trekking

Cost: Entirely free

Dates: September 23-30

No Barriers Expedition FAQs: View other Frequently Asked Questions here.

Meet the Warriors

Amy Hess

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army 

State: Illinois ...

Bradley Bartlett

Branch of Service: U.S. Army State: Texas Bio: Bradley was born in Chino, ...

Cynthia Douglas-Ybarra

Branch of Service: U.S. Army 

State: Nebraska 
Bio: Cynthia joined ...

Harvey Kraft

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force

 State: Colorado 
Bio: Harvey is ...

Jason Pike

Branch of Service: U.S. Army 

State: Texas 
Bio: Jason is origin...

Jonathan Hoeser

Branch of Service: U.S. Army 

State: Nebraska 
Bio: Jon is ...

Marshall Davis

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

 State: Idaho 
Bio: Marshall grew up ...

Peter Thompson 

Branch of Service: U.S. Army 

State: Indiana 
Bio: Peter is ...

Robert Burks

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps State: Nebraska Bio: Robert is from ...

Shanon Hampton

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force

 State: Nevada 
Bio: Shanon is a ...

Stephen Otero

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force

 State: Colorado 
Bio: Steve ...

Timothy Hilgner

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

 State: Colorado 
Bio: Tim is ...


When was the last time you walked 30 miles over 5 days with a group of 12 veterans? Probably during your time in the service. Well, here’s your chance to get back at it. Our Veteran Expedition sponsored by Rise Broadband is set in the middle of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. This eight-day expedition is led by four No Barriers Warriors expedition leaders.

The expedition begins when you arrive at Denver International Airport and meet your expeditions leaders and fellow veterans before heading west towards the snow capped mountains. That evening will focus on getting to know each other as your leaders walk the team through preparing personal gear, group gear, and your packs for the following morning. All meals, food and group camping gear is provided; personal gear is available to borrow (see our FAQs for more details). The second day starts early as you step off onto the trail. You’ll be welcomed into the backcountry of Colorado, surrounded by some of the highest points in the Rockies. The terrain and altitude present a challenge, one we know you are ready to rise to, as your team navigates from low camp to high camp together. You may be tired when you roll into camp each night, but you and your cook team will create a backcountry masterpiece, rest up, and sip hot drinks as the stars come out. Depending on time and weather, there may be an opportunity to summit one of the many peaks in this area.  After leaving the field, the journey is not over.  For many of our veterans, the desire to serve continues after they take off the uniform and on the last full day we connect your team with a service opportunity in the local community.  That night, your team will enjoy a large celebration dinner before departing for home the following day.

Throughout the experience, your leaders will be there to facilitate our No Barriers curriculum and remind you that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. After the expedition, alumni are welcomed into the No Barriers family for ongoing support from our community and the possibility to be eligible for future opportunities with No Barriers USA.



At Rise Broadband we believe that with everything we do, we connect people to an extraordinary experience. Because many of our employees and customers have served and protected our country through military service, we are honored to give back to them by helping them to return home and reconnect with their communities. Rise Broadband is proud to sponsor the third annual No Barriers Rocky Mountain Expedition on September 23-30.


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