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10/11/2012

Expedition Denali Inspires Outdoor Diversity

Team Denali
When it comes to wilderness, we won't protect what we don't know or care about. And one great way to learn about the outdoors is to experience it. But with very few outdoor role models, African Americans visit national parks at a lower rate than any other ethnicity, at a cost to both their health and to the public's appreciation of nature.

Expedition Denali could change that. African American climbers hailing from Seattle to New York have come together to summit Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, next June on the 100th anniversary of its first successful ascent. Denali is tallest mountain in North America at 20,230 feet tall, and the tallest in the world measured from its base to its peak (Everest gets a boost up from the Himalayan Plateau). By tackling this immense peak, the Expedition Denali participants hope to inspire people of color across the nation to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Check out the video below of the team's training expedition and get to know these trailblazers.

--image courtesy of Expedition Denali

--Rachael Monosson is an editorial intern for Sierra and a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Earth Systems. She lives in San Mateo.

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