Soldiers to Summits

Fort Collins, Colorado

About the Project

The Crisis
More than 5.5 million of the 21.9 million veterans in the US are coping with a service-related disability. Due to the improvements in battlefield medical treatment, they return alive, yet not whole. Service members are trained to depend on each other. Upon separation from the military, many veterans feel disconnected and alone, experiencing a significant and immediate loss in the lack of camaraderie and interdependence as they return to the civilian world and their communities.

Our Solution
Soldiers to Summits (S2S) programs permanently impact lives by helping disabled members of all military branches tackle personal challenges. In S2S, mountains serve as both metaphor and training ground for stretching goals, building world-class teams, innovating through adversity and stepping up to lead and serve others. Our program integrates with the rehab process and helps soldiers restructure how they approach their past and future. Through the S2S experience, we provide veterans with camaraderie and support systems they can depend on.

Who We Are
Soldiers to Summits is a program of No Barriers USA - a nonprofit organization that helps people to unleash the power of their human spirit by encouraging them to transcend barriers. S2S does just that by giving wounded service men and women a platform to overcome to their own barriers, whether physical mental or otherwise.  

The first S2S expedition took place in 2010, when Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to climb each continent’s highest mountain, and his Everest team led a group of disabled soldiers to the summit of Lobuche, a 20,100-foot peak in the Himalayas. Team members’ disabilities ranged from amputations and blindness to traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The S2S Lobuche expedition was a tremendous success, with seven out of 10 soldiers reaching the summit. Still today, the entire team continues to work together to inspire others—soldiers and civilians alike.

Since that first climb, S2S has also taken a team up Cotopaxi in 2012 and is facilitating Team US in the 2013 South Pole Allied Challenge.  We will continue to create programs annually so that we can continue to better the lives of those have served our country.

Want to be a part of our next expedition?  Contact us directly to learn more.


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