Denali, the highest peak in North America, attracts mountaineers from around the world. An American Ascent follows the first African-American expedition to attempt the challenging Alaskan summit.
More than just a summit attempt, the expedition is an invitation for people of color to explore their interest in the outdoors. It is also a call for all people to make the outdoors a more inclusive space for those who wish to explore it.
The film An American Ascent captures the challenges of traveling on one of the world's most dangerous mountains, the historical significance of the expedition, and the stories of African American predecessors who paved the way for current outdoor enthusiasts of color.
The film addresses the often overlooked issue of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, while chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world's most iconic peaks.
Read more about the NOLS Equity and Inclusion program here.