James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills Amongst First Team of Black Climbers to Attempt Summit of Mt. Everest!

Courtesy of thenorthface.com
March 29, 2022

In just a few weeks a small group of aspiring athletes will make history as the first team of Black climbers to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth. Known formally as the Full Circle Everest Expedition, its members are comprised of eight men and two women with varying levels of skill and experience as mountaineers.

With professional careers that range from small business owners to educators and outdoor skills instructors, they each possess the requisite leisure time, disposable income, and passionate desire to do something truly remarkable that most people today can only dream.

In essence, this team represents the vast majority of modern adventurers, people who aim the push the boundaries of the human experience through wilderness travel and exploration. In that regard they are no exception. But what makes the Full Circle Everest Expedition special is its intention to set an example for people on the margins of our society who might one day follow a similar path along a dream of their own making.

“Black role models help make the sport more inclusive,” said Fred Campbell, team member and athlete for The North Face. “Climbing and adventure are incredibly fun and if black role models help convince someone somewhere to give it a shot I think that’s a positive thing.”

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