A solo warrior hikes in the Rocky Mountains.


No Barriers Warriors seeks veterans with disabilities for 2023 backcountry expeditions

Fort Collins, CO

On Feb. 1, 2023, No Barriers Warriors will launch their 2023 program season. No Barriers Warriors programs help veterans with service-connected disabilities to redefine their identity, purpose and community as they face past and present challenges - their programs challenge veterans to critically think about where they are in life, where they want to be and how to get there. This experience gives them new tools, strategies and drive to overcome barriers that are holding them back – as well as a new support team that will be with them throughout the program.

Michael Smith, Warriors program manager, explained that No Barriers has several different programs for disabled veterans - basecamps in Red Feather, Colo., and backcountry expeditions in the northern Colorado Rockies and the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. For basecamps, veterans stay at the No Barriers Mountain Campus and participate in activities like hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, challenge course and whitewater rafting - “We've made the basecamp experience as accessible as possible,” says Smith, who is also a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. The backcountry expeditions are more physically demanding backpacking trips that cover 12-20 miles over 3-4 days. They take place in the wilderness, far off the beaten path, requiring veterans to push themselves and rely on their team to complete multi-day backcountry missions.

Veterans can contact No Barriers through their website, email or phone.
Warriors@nobarriersusa.org or mike.smith@nobarriersusa.org

Four female warriors in the Colorado backcountry.

Veterans pushing their limits on the challenge course.
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