Expedition Denali Team Members to Visit BC on Oct. 22
In June of 2013, a team of mountaineers from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) attempted to make history by being the first African American team to climb Mt. McKinley (also known as Denali) in Alaska.
Team members will speak on developing leadership skills, overcoming adversity and working together to achieve a common goal on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.
The program, sponsored by the Bridgewater College Outdoors Program, is free and open to the public.
After 19 days and at 19,600 feet with the summit in sight, a lightning storm caused Expedition Denali to turn back.
On June 26, the hikers were caught in a sudden and rapidly forming lightning storm that enveloped the summit. The expedition was only 700 feet from the highest point in North America when a thunderous crack of lightning rang atop the mountain. Within minutes of a second thunder crack, the weather worsened into whiteout conditions.
Reaching the peak was a goal, but it was never a priority for the nine-member team. The hikers were determined to inspire people of color – especially youth – to get outside, get active and be stewards of wild places.
The experience gained on Denali will stay with the members their whole lives. Each has the opportunity to use what they learned on the mountain in their daily lives.