Veterans to Climb Volcano as Part of No Barriers Rehab

No Barriers climbNo Barriers has selected its 2012 Soldiers to Summits (STS) team. The team, which consists of men and women from across the country who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and National Guard, will ascend Cotopaxi, a 19,347-foot volcano in Ecuador in early December.

The S2S program, which is integrated with rehabilitation, helps wounded veterans overcome barriers and reclaim their lives by climbing mountains, both literally and figuratively.

The team members have several injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, loss of manual dexterity, a fused wrist, a shattered ankle and a ripped knee. Four of the team members remain on active duty, while three are receiving hospital-based physical treatments. Returning soldiers from previous teams will serve as mentors to these participants throughout the program.

Two training sessions will take place in Colorado in July and October.

Find out more about the program by watching the trailer to the documentary “High Ground” here.

Also, watch the ESPN video of Kyle Maynard, a former participant who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, here.