WIND RIVER RANGE VETERAN EXPEDITION
Location: Wind River Range, Wyoming
Eligibility: Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating, who currently reside in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Southern California
Essential Eligibility Criteria: Please review criteria here
Duration: 10 days total, including 8 days in the backcountry
Focus area(s): No Barriers Warriors curriculum, trekking, and mountaineering
Dates: Aug. 16-25
No Barriers Expedition FAQs: View other Frequently Asked Questions here
Few places capture the raw beauty and rugged wilderness of the Rocky Mountains like the Wind River Range in Wyoming. From jagged, rock-strewn peaks to crystal clear rivers and alpine lakes, the journey through this remote wilderness will leave participants breathless at every turn of the trail. The Veteran Wilderness Expedition allows them to experience this incredible part of our nation’s landscape, all while living out of a backpack and sleeping under the stars.
The 2017 team will comprise 12 veterans and a group of No Barriers expedition leaders.
The expedition begins in Dubois, Wyoming, where the team will get acquainted and prepare their gear for the wilderness experience ahead. Day two starts early as the team heads to the trailhead in the Shoshone National Forest. From here, participants will spend the next seven days trekking through the backcountry, learning survival skills, hiking and exploring, summiting local peaks and spending quality time with the team relaxing at camp each night. Weather permitting, the backcountry experience includes an opportunity to summit Gannett Peak and experience a total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Participants will return to Dubois for a team dinner and depart home the following day.
- Aug. 16: Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming and drive to Dubois
- Aug. 16-20: Begin expedition
- Aug. 21: Summit attempt and solar eclipse
- Aug. 22-23: Hike out
- Aug. 24: Final trek to trailhead, followed by team dinner
- Aug. 25: Depart early morning
How you can Support our Warriors
Raytheon and No Barriers Warriors will host a community event to show support for the wounded military veterans taking part in the expedition. Watch for more details.
Every year, Raytheon employees and others raise thousands of dollars for the non-profit No Barriers USA organization.
Why Raytheon Supports No Barriers
Because our nation’s wounded veterans often face incredible challenges reintegrating into their communities and finding both purpose and jobs outside of the military, the No Barriers Warriors program is cost-free for veterans.
Raytheon is proud to sponsor a No Barriers Warriors expedition for a fourth year.
Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor W. Lawrence offers this perspective on the cause:
“These men and women have sacrificed so much for our nation in the name of freedom. By teaming with No Barriers Warriors, we are giving back to wounded veterans by providing them a life-changing experience.”Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor W. Lawrence
No Barriers’ mission and message can benefit everyone, regardless of one’s circumstances. It teaches us to give our very best every day and shows us that we can accomplish great things. The organization is inspiring many along life’s journey to reach for higher summits of personal and professional success.
Erik Weihenmayer, co-founder of No Barriers USA, spoke to a Raytheon Missile Systems audience about life’s adversities and how we can conquer them:
“I believe life is a never-ending process of reaching into the darkness when we don’t know what we will find. No Barriers is a program that helps us do just that. By combining the awesome power of a mountaineering experience with an outstanding team committed to exploration, we unleash the potential of the human spirit. What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”No Barriers USA co-founder Erik Weihenmayer
Having climbed the world’s tallest mountains on all seven continents — Erik showed us that we can do more and become more than we ever imagined.
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No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors empowers veterans with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. We do this through transformative, experiential learning in challenging environments for veterans with disabilities. Simply put, No Barriers Warriors expeditions and other experiences provide a place for veterans to push themselves, both physically and mentally, and connect with other veterans. We believe in harnessing adversity and reminding our participants what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.
The No Barriers Mission
Our mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through transformative experiences, tools and inspiration, we help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world. In the process, we foster a community of curious, brave and collaborative explorers who are determined to live the No Barriers Life.
The No Barriers Life
Pledge to live the No Barriers Life and you optimize your purpose and potential. Making that happen requires a gritty commitment to learning and giving your all. Through our programs, we teach people to embrace the No Barriers Life elements below.