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Scott Briscoe on NOLS: It’s a Game Changer [Interview]

By Kim Freitas on Apr 7, 2016

Scott Briscoe was a member of Expedition Denali in June 2013, the first all African American team to attempt this climb. After returning from the expedition, several expedition members toured around the country, where they told the story of the climb.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, education, backcountry

Expedition Denali: Where Are They Now?

By Kim Freitas on Feb 24, 2016

 

Photo by Brad Christensen.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, instructor, mountaineering, education, backcountry, leadership

Ascent to the White House [Interview]

By Molly Herber on Jul 14, 2015

 


Tyrhee and Rosemary at the White House as the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage is announced. Photo courtesy of Tyrhee Moore.
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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, mountaineering, video, leadership

Taking "An American Ascent" to Middlebury [Trailer]

By Molly Herber on May 9, 2015
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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, adventure

'An American Ascent' Earns Best Picture, Best Director

By Casey Adams on Feb 5, 2015

“An American Ascent,” the film documenting NOLS Expedition Denali, earned Best Film and Best Director honors at the San Diego Black Film Festival this weekend.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska

NOLS at the International Climbers' Festival

By Mike Casella on Jul 17, 2013

Lander, Wyo. — This past weekend
the International Climbers’ Festival took place in beautiful City Park in
Lander Wyo. In its 20th year, the festival is the longest-running
climbing festival in the world.

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Topics: bouldering, NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, outdoor industry, Lander, Expedition Denali, National Outdoor Leadership School, International Climbers' Festival, Rocky Mountain

Robby Rechord: An Inspiration and a Role Model

By Brent Wallen on Apr 30, 2013

With
Expedition Denali right around the corner, the suspense and anticipation is building
every day. There’s no doubt the nine climbers who make up the team are focused
and are preparing themselves mentally and physically. Although these spirited
and courageous individuals are the nucleus for the entire expedition, have you
stopped and asked yourself who makes up the instructor team? One man comes to mind right away. He is a senior
NOLS instructor. He is an avid backcountry skier. His extensive winter camping
experience has led him to teach the NOLS professional level one avalanche
course and Winter Instructor Seminar. He is the NOLS Teton Valley program supervisor.
This spring he will be the first African American to lead a NOLS instructor
course. His name? Drumroll… Robby Rechord!

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Topics: NOLS, nature, Expedition Denali, Educators Notebook, Robby Rechord, wilderness

Expedition Denali Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Feature Film

By Casey Adams on Apr 11, 2013

This June, nine mountaineers will attempt to become the first all-African-American expedition
to climb Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley) in Alaska. This team’s goals go far
beyond summiting North America’s highest peak and making history. Their
ultimate objective is to inspire people of all colors, young and old, to get
more engaged in the great outdoors.

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Topics: inspire, nature, Behind the Scenes, NOLS course, first, Expedition Denali, African American, media, feature-length film, tax-deductible, film, role models, history, youth of color, Outdoors, Mount McKinley, summit, race, video, Alaska, prizes, Kickstarter, Diversity, Denali, documentary

Expedition Denali stories inspire in Lander and beyond

By Casey Adams on Mar 4, 2013

Last week, the Expedition Denali team traveled to Lander,
Wyo., where they spent a day at NOLS Headquarters for their final gathering
before they attempt to summit Denali in June. As part of this visit, they held
a forum for local NOLS staff in which they shared their motivations, fears, and expectations for joining Expedition Denali. Each brought his or her own story to the team, creating a strong, diverse group that will be able to impact the lives of a variety of children across the nation.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Seattle, Adina Scott, Expedition Denali, Ryan Mitchell, National Outdoor Leadership School, active, adventure, youth of color, Outdoors, youth, Tyrhee Moore, expedition, climb, summer camp, Pacific Northwest, D.C. Philadelphia, Denali, wilderness

Vivacious Young Woman to Conquer Denali

By Brent Wallen on Jan 31, 2013

“Once we
think it gets real, it gets realer”. “Check yourself before you wreck
yourself”. These quotes come from a valiant young lady blessed with an
opportunity most of us dream of. With Expedition Denali tiptoeing closer and
closer, a reality check summons Rosemary Saal to fully realize what lies ahead
of her this June. Measured from base to peak, Mt. McKinley soars 20,320 feet
into the frigid Alaskan air, and bows down to nobody.

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Topics: NOLS, Waddington Range, Expedition Denali, African American, Mt McKinley, Youth in the outdoors, youth of color, Live the Dream, Diversity

Grace Anderson: Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

By Brent Wallen on Jan 21, 2013

Variety is the spice of life. It is predicted that by the year 2042 the
Caucasian population will be the minority in the United States. Whether or not that sounds accurate to you is
beside the point. What we should
understand is the U.S. is a melting pot for all types of ethnicities, and it’s
important that we have an understanding of where we all come from
(geographically and culturally), and where we are headed. That being said, as
far as the outdoor world is concerned, it is historically accurate that Caucasians
(ever hear of Paul Bunyan, Jedidiah Smith, or John Colter?) have been in the
limelight. In NOLS’ case, it is a
primary goal to promote diversity and inclusion as much as possible within the
organization and the outdoors in general.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, outdoor recreation, Expedition Denali, Inclusion, youth of color, Diversity

Expedition Denali: Team in Training

By Casey Adams on Oct 8, 2012

After a summer of training hard in Washington's Cascade Range, British
Columbia's Waddington Range, and Alaska's Chugach Range, the Expedition
Denali
team is poised to embark on their journey to Denali in June 2013.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Waddington Range, team, Expedition Denali, Mt. Baker, black, Cugach Range, African American, National Outdoor Leadership School, Cascade Range, Outdoors, British Columbia, Alaska, Denali, Washington

Students, Team share inspiration

By Casey Adams on May 11, 2012

As members of Expedition Denali return from their first weekend together, a group of New Jersey students stepped up, pushed up, and jumped up to inspire and show their support for the adventurers.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, inpired, National Outdoor Leadership School, athletes, Link Community School, adventure, Outdoors, youth, Morgan Dixon, New Jersey, Newark, exercise, African American youth