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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