Sarah Olear is the Warrior Service Coordinator for the No Barriers Warriors Team. Sarah has always had a passion for the outdoors but started leading others in her late teens. Beginning with her college’s Outdoors Club, Sarah led students on weekend expeditions in the Adirondack Mountains, summiting the highest 46 peaks in New York. Following the call of the wild, Sarah spent 4 summers at Adirondack Camp, leading children on backpacking, canoeing, white water kayaking, and rock climbing expeditions. For 2 of those 4 years, she managed a staff of 8, planning the routes and logistics and implementing risk management policies for over 200 expeditions varying in length from 1 to 5 days. In the time surrounding summer adventures, Sarah was enrolled in Graduate school where she worked with the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center, an agency that focused on teaching inclusion and accessibility in outdoor recreation settings. While she spent hundreds of miles on trail—either measuring for the slope and durability of a trail or singing silly songs and talking about trees—she felt the urge to see taller peaks and snow-capped summits.
In 2014, she moved from New York to Colorado where she completed her Masters in Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Education. She currently works for multiple agencies—working with adults with developmental disabilities and teaching social skills and adaptive recreation. As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, ASSIST certified, and Wilderness First Responder, she is excited to work for No Barriers, an organization that combines her passion for the outdoors with helping veterans. In her spare time, Sarah loves exercising with her dog, reading, backpacking, volunteering, mountain biking, and ceramics. She has a passion for travel and has been hiking in the Patagonia, parts of Europe, Central America, and across the U.S.