in Partnership with Paradox Sports
- Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Veterans with verified service and a VA disability rating
- Click here to review 2019 Essential Eligibility Criteria
- Duration: 6 Days Total
- Dates: August 21st – 26th
- Cost: Entirely free
- FAQs: View other Frequently Asked Questions here.
The Grand Teton Expedition, which is a collaborative adventure between No Barriers USA and Paradox Sports, takes place in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, WY.
A team of 10 veterans, a No Barriers leader, and a Paradox Sport leader will join Exum Mountain Guides in the staggering wilderness of Teton National Park. Surrounded by stunning granite peaks, expansive alpine terrain, and some of the most impressive wild animals in the lower 48, participants will fully immerse themselves in the No Barriers Life, overcoming physical and mental challenges and forging lasting relationships. Following the legacy of No Barriers co-founder and world-renowned blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, veterans will take part in transformational curriculum to unleash their potential. To prepare for the journey, participants will complete online interactive modules that will introduce them to the rest of the team and No Barriers’ values.
The expedition will be based out of the American Alpine Club’s Teton Climbers Ranch, nestled at the foot of the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park. The group will meet up and do a gear check the first night, spend two days training for the summit attemp of the Grand Teton, then spend the next two days on the climb itself. The objective is the summit of the Grand Teton. Towering over the valley below at 13,770 feet, the Grand is an iconic American climb. The climb starts at Jenny Lake, and climbs Garnet Canyon for 7 miles and over 5000 vertical feet to the lower saddle hut, where the team will spend the night. Waking up before dawn on the 25th, the team will make the final push to the summit, an additional 2000 vertical feet from the lower saddle, then return to base camp the same day. This expedition will not only push individuals physical and mental barriers, but drive them to rely on each other as a cohesive rope team.
Expedition activities will encourage participants to reflect on their past, recognize where they are in the present and look to the future with positivity. After returning home, veterans will finish the final phase of the program online. It’s designed to help team members pursue a meaningful pledge they set during the journey, and to internalize the No Barriers Life.
Upon completion, participants are welcomed into the No Barriers family for ongoing support in accomplishing goals and overcoming barriers, as well as potential future opportunities with No Barriers USA.
- August 21st – Travel Day
- August 22nd – Alpine Climbing Training Day #1
- August 23rd – Alpine Climbing Training Day #2
- August 24th – Climb Day #1, Jenny Lake to Lower Saddle
- August 25ht – Climb Day #2, Lower Saddle to Grand Teton Summit to Jenny Lake
- August 26th – Travel Day
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