OUR EXPEDITION PROGRAMS
At its core, our program is one part adventure, one part curriculum, and one part physical challenge. Each No Barriers Warriors expedition is designed to push you mentally and physically in some of nature’s most incredible playgrounds. After arriving, you’ll gear up and set out on your new mission with your team. You pushed hard during your time in the service, so we know you’re ready for the challenge. These epic adventures include airfare, any gear you need to borrow, ground transportation, and all your meals, including better backcountry cuisine than a MRE.
Our expeditions range in length from five days to seven days. Some programs run multiple times per year, others are offered once per year. Explore our specific programs to learn about eligibility, application process and FAQs.
FIVE-DAY BASECAMP EXPEDITIONS (Applications Closed)
Our five-day basecamp expeditions are multi-discipline opportunities based out of our “one-step-from-wilderness” camp in the Red Feather Lakes region of Northern Colorado. Together, your team will experience the No Barriers Life while white-water rafting the Poudre River, climbing on our local rock formations, and trekking through the Colorado backcountry. 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 BACKCOUNTRY EXPEDITIONS (Applications Closed)
Our five-day backcountry expeditions occur in some of Colorado’s most beautiful wilderness settings. The team will gather at our rural basecamp to receive gear, sort team food and equipment, and get to know one another. First thing the next morning the team will head to the backcountry and trek to an alpine lake, establish a base camp, and attempt to summit one of the local peaks. You definitely need to be physically fit and put in the training prior to arrival. The team will cover 15 miles over three days at elevation, bonding as a team and overcoming physical and personal barriers.
SEVEN-DAY BACKCOUNTRY EXPEDITION – SPONSORED BY PRUDENTIAL (Applications Closed)
Our 7-day backcountry expedition is set in a remote wilderness area of the Snowy Range of Wyoming. Surrounded by mountain peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal clear lakes, participants spend 5 days in the backcountry trekking at elevations ranging from 9,000 to 12,000 feet. Teams will cover between 20 and 30 miles through the forests and above the tree line, depending on the route the team takes. This is a difficult level opportunity that requires higher levels of physical fitness, so start training now. All experiences are designed to push participants to their physical limits and encourage team camaraderie.
SEVEN-DAY BACKCOUNTRY EXPEDITION – SPONSORED BY RISE BROADBAND (Applications Closed)
Our 7-day backcountry expedition is set in a remote wilderness area of the Medicine Bow Range of Colorado. Surrounded by mountain peaks, tall pines, and clear alpine lakes, participants spend 5 days in the backcountry trekking at elevations ranging from 9,500 to 12,950 feet. Teams will cover around 30 miles through the forests and above the tree line, targeting the highest peaks of the Med Bow Range. This is a difficult level opportunity that requires higher levels of physical fitness so start training now. All experiences are designed to push participants to their physical limits and encourage team camaraderie.
WARRIOR STRONG: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES – SPONSORED BY WELLS FARGO (Applications Closed)
No Barriers Warriors and Wells Fargo are seeking veterans with disabilities for their 2018 Warrior Strong: The Journey Continues expedition. The selected team will journey to Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, looking to summit on 9/11/2018. The team will participate in online training prior to the expedition to learn about the No Barriers Life, develop the team dynamic and prepare physically for the expedition. This epic journey is designed to provide rigorous mental and physical challenges that help veterans reflect on their past, recognize where they are now, and develop a vision for their future. The 2018 Warrior Strong: The Journey Continues expedition will include a team of 12 veterans, including 4 alumni from previous No Barriers Warriors expeditions.
Grand Canyon Veteran Wilderness Expedition – SPONSORED BY RAYTHEON (Applications Now Open!)
The Grand Canyon Veteran Wilderness Expedition, sponsored by Raytheon, will take a team of veterans with disabilities on a nine-day journey of discovery and challenge. The team will float 87 miles over seven days, following the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon National Park. Days will be filled with reflection as they navigate the quiet stretches of river, preparing for the rapids to come. Participants will explore side canyons during day hikes and discover hidden historic sites along the way. Evenings will include gourmet meals, campfires, and thoughtful discussions with teammates. The canyon experience concludes with a 9-mile hike up the Bright Angel Trail that gains 4,500 feet in elevation. Team members will share one final dinner together and travel back to Flagstaff for the night before departing for Phoenix the next day. These men and women will represent service from all branches of the Armed Forces and will support each other as they take on physical and mental challenges.