Members of the 2017 Warriors to Summits team
Military veterans Bradley Chidester, Eric Johnson, Joni Marquez, Thomas Payne, and Wade Spann are all members of the 2017 Warriors to Summits team.

Overcoming barriers together: The 2017 Warriors to Summits team

Meet some of the members of the 2017 No Barriers Warriors to Summits team. The team recently completed their second training expedition together.

August 17, 2017

The 2017 No Barriers Warriors to Summits team is continuing to work together to overcome barriers. The team of veterans with disabilities completed their second expedition — climbing the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming — July 14-20.

No Barriers Warriors is one of three programs the nonprofit No Barriers USA provides. The Warriors program “improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments,” according to the organization. This year’s team first trained in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in June, and their final expedition will be Sept. 6-18 climbing Mount Brooks in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, highlighted by a summit attempt of Mount Brooks on Sept. 11.

Meet some of the 2017 team:

Wade Spann

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Wade Spann is from Virginia. (2 minutes)

Bradley Chidester

U.S. Army veteran Bradley Chidester is from Utah. (1 minute)

Eric Johnson

U.S. Army veteran Eric Johnson is from Iowa. (1 minute)

Joni Marquez

U.S. Air Force veteran Joni Marquez is from California. (2 minutes)

Thomas Payne

U.S. Navy veteran Thomas Payne is from Kentucky. (1 minute)
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