Location: Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest, WY
Eligibility: Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating
Essential Eligibility Criteria: Please review criteria 2018 NB Warriors Essential Eligibility Criteria
Duration: 7 days, 5 of which are spent hiking in the backcountry
Focus area(s): No Barriers Warriors curriculum, backpacking
Cost: Entirely free
Dates: August 24-30
No Barriers Expedition FAQs: View other Frequently Asked Questions here.
When was the last time you spent a hard day in the field? Remember the feeling of pride and camaraderie that came from accomplishing something significant with your brothers and sisters? Well, we want you to help us recreate that feeling with a group of 12 veterans on our Wyoming veteran expedition. Sponsored by Prudential, it is set in the middle of the beautiful Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This seven-day expedition is led by four No Barriers Warriors expedition leaders.
The experience begins when you arrive at Denver International Airport and meet your expeditions leaders and fellow veterans before heading northwest towards the snow capped mountains. That evening at our mountain camp, the team will focus on getting to know each other as your leaders walk you through preparing personal gear, group gear, and your packs for the following morning. All meals, food and group camping gear is provided; personal gear is available to borrow (see our FAQs for more details). The second day starts early as you step off onto the trail. You’ll head into the backcountry of Wyoming, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. The terrain and altitude present a challenge, one we know you are ready to rise to, as your team navigates from low camp to high camp together. You may be tired when you roll into camp each night, but you and your cook team will create a backcountry masterpiece, rest up, and sip hot drinks as the stars come out. Depending on time and weather, there may be an opportunity to summit one of the many peaks in this area. After leaving the field, the journey is not over. That night, your team will enjoy a large celebration dinner before departing for home the following day.
Throughout the experience, your leaders will be there to facilitate our No Barriers curriculum and remind you that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. After the expedition, alumni are welcomed into the No Barriers family for ongoing support from our community and the possibility to be eligible for future opportunities with No Barriers USA.
Prudential Retirement, a business of Prudential Financial, Inc. is a U.S.-based company that, through its subsidiaries, provides the financial solutions that empower individuals and institutions to reach their financial wellness goals. Our expertise and strength help distinguish Prudential as an admired financial services leader, trusted partner and provider of innovative strategies. Prudential plays a critical role in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic success, and is committed to helping the underserved in our communities by eliminating barriers to financial security. For generations, it has been our highest honor to help make life more secure for the men and women and their families who have served our country. We are honored to give back to those protecting our freedom and proud to sponsor a No Barriers 7-Day Backcountry Expedition.