James Peak Summit


Colorado Collegiate Range Veteran Expedition

Rise Broadband Is proud to sponsor the second annual Collegiate Range Expedition, a No Barriers non-profit event, the week of September 10-17, 2016.

No Barriers is still working hard to interview and select our veteran expedition team. If you haven’t nominated someone yet, there’s still time!  Visit to submit your nomination today.


Meet the 2016 Leadership and Expedition Team!

We are excited to announce the team who will guide our veterans through the weeklong expedition challenge!

Derek Esposito (Expedition Leader) – a former NOLS climbing and mountaineering instructor as well as an EMT with the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol, Derek is AMGA-SPI and AIARE 1 Certified.  His many ski mountaineering and climbing objectives include a ski descent of Mount Rainier and mixed climbing routes on Moose’s Tooth in the Alaska Range.

Jill Millkey (Assistant Expedition Leader) – Jill has known No Barriers since middle-school when it was called Global Explorers on their first venture to Churchill, Manitoba.  She has travelled through the Peruvian Andes and to Mt. Kilimanjaro. A Wilderness First Responder, Jill has spent the last 4 years as a guide in Glacier national park.

Colin Sternagle (Assistant Expedition Leader) – Colin is a former US Coast Guard reservist, river guide, dive master, captain, yurt salesman and world traveler. He’s lived abroad in Australia and New Zealand, worked in the Arctic Ocean, backpacked through several African countries, lived and worked in Mongolia and sailed from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands.

Andrew Bauman (Apprentice Guide) – a Colorado native, Andrew grew up in the outdoors, skiing, hiking and backpacking.  He served 12 years as a Navy SEAL and as a combat veteran, Andrew is committed to helping fellow veterans achieve the peace and quality of life they deserve.


How Can I Get Involved?

Rise Broadband is inviting you to be part of the action. Please nominate a veteran friend or family member that best demonstrates a desire to overcome their barriers and live a life of purpose by going to The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, June 15. The No Barriers organization will review all nominations and select 10 veteran participants and 2 alternates in mid-July.

Stay tuned and watch for future updates on other ways you can join the cause such as the Walk with the Warriors pledge-and-walk campaign!


no-barriers-flagHelping Veterans Find New Summits

Rise Broadband is sponsoring the 2016 No Barriers team-building expedition in order to help members of all military branches with disabilities tackle and overcome personal challenges. Rise Broadband supports the training and weeklong expedition of 12 veterans as they complete a 20-mile trek through the wilderness.

These team-building challenge expeditions are designed to push veterans physically and mentally, providing a training ground for stretching goals, facing adversity, and stepping up to lead and serve others. Rise Broadband is proud to participate because many of our employees and customers have served and protected us through military service. We are excited to give back by helping them to return home and reconnect with their communities.


About No Barriers

No Barriers, non-profit organization, empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities as well as survivors of the fallen to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their best to the world. Learn more at


2015 Veteran Expedition

Last year No Barriers received 141 applications from our customers and employees, and of those, 11 veterans were selected as the official expedition team.