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Gila Wilderness

9-Day Backcountry Sponsored by Allstate

EXPEDITION SNAPSHOT

Location: Gila Wilderness, NM

Eligibility: Veterans of all eras and genders, with a VA disability rating and proof of service

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

Duration: 9 days, 7 of which are spent hiking in the backcountry

Focus area(s): No Barriers Warriors curriculum, backpacking, service project with Heart of the Gila

Cost: Entirely free

Dates: October 2 – October 10

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


EXPEDITION DESCRIPTION 

A team of veterans from all eras and with a range of disabilities were selected to participate in an expedition to the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. This expedition will provide a grueling yet rewarding mental and physical challenge to all the veteran participants, who have a desire to make a change in their life.

The expedition will take place in the spectacular canyons and vistas of the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico from October 2 – 10th. This nine-day expedition will include a team of twelve veterans, four No Barriers Leaders, and a photography team to capture the experience.

The expedition begins at the airport in El Paso, Texas where the team will be greeted by their expedition leaders and new teammates. The first day will be focused on preparing for the challenges ahead and building immediate bonds with fellow veterans. No Barriers provides all the gear and food needed for the expedition. The first days on the trail will be spent exploring the beautiful slot canyons of the Gila River navigating multiple river crossings. Over the course of seven days in the wilderness, the team will work together to navigate 31 miles through the backcountry maze, including a ascent of Hells Hole Canyon, exploring the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and a service day working with the Heart of the Gila Organization on a trail project.

Throughout the expedition, participants carry their personal gear and some group gear, and will bond with their cook group as they prepare backcountry culinary masterpieces at camp to fuel the next day’s mileage. Throughout the experience, leaders will be there to facilitate the No Barriers curriculum and remind the team that what’s within them is stronger than what’s in their way. After the expedition, alumni are welcomed into the No Barriers family for ongoing support from our community.


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WHY ALLSTATE SPONSORS NO BARRIERS WARRIORS

To reinforce our commitment to serving military and veteran families, Allstate is partnering with No Barriers to provide veterans with the tools and resources necessary to overcome barriers and help them achieve their hopes and dreams. Allstate’s history of supporting veterans and organizations includes hiring and community involvement. Allstate’s Joining Forces for Good program helps veterans and military spouses to become part of the Allstate family. In the last year, Allstate donated more than $350,000 to nonprofits that serve military members and veterans and volunteers more than 3,000 hours at related organizations.

Team Members

Rolando Alejo

ROLANDO ALEJO

U.S. AIR FORCE | CALIFORNIA

Rolando “Rolly” Alejo spent 21 years with the United States Air Force, with ...
Heather Boling

HEATHER BOLING

U.S. AIR FORCE | OHIO

Heather Boling spent nine years with the U.S. Air Force working as a meteorol...
Jason Carey

JASON CAREY

U.S. ARMY, U.S. AIR FORCE | IDAHO

Jason Carey spent his military career in both the US Army and the Air Force as ...
Lawrence Carlin

LAWRENCE CARLIN

U.S. ARMY | FLORIDA

Lawrence Carlin served as a medic for the United States Army during the fall of ...
Kevin Coombs

KEVIN COOMBS

U.S. MARINE CORPS | NEW MEXICO

Kevin Coombs served with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division as ...
Brian Danker

BRIAN DANKER

U.S. ARMY | CALIFORNIA

Sergeant Brian Danker was raised in the Bronx, New York by his grandparents. At ...
Naomi Hart

NAOMI HART

U.S. NAVY | HAWAII

Naomi Hart’s primary duty in the U.S. Navy was as Quartermaster, an assistant ...
John Pulido

JOHN PULIDO

U.S. MARINE CORPS | CALIFORNIA

John Pulido spent much of his first four years with the U.S. Marine Corps on ...
James Toczko

JAMES TOCZKO

U.S. ARMY, U.S. NAVY | VIRGINIA

James Toczko has spent the past 34 years serving across a variety of military ...
Jon Webber

JON WEBBER

U.S. ARMY | COLORADO

Jon Webber served as an Infantry Battalion Wheel Mechanic for the US Army. ...
Troy Wynn

TROY WYNN

U.S. ARMY | CALIFORNIA

Troy Wynn served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant ...