Leaders to Ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro
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Outdoor Afro is built on a focused mission – to create and inspire Black connection and leadership in nature. On June 15th, a specially selected team of Outdoor Afro leaders will begin to ascend the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, climbing 19,341 feet during the course of the expedition. Follow their route and schedule here. You can be part of the journey by attending one of the solidarity events being held around the country!
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not only a physical experience but a cultural experience as well; not only will the team be exposed to a different culture, they will also bring a different culture. The environment itself will naturally inspire curiosity and learning as they will hike with local guides through multiple ecosystems during the trip. The trip is set up to be enjoyable and the challenge attainable.
We chose to head to Tanzania for many reasons:
- First and Foremost – We love black people.
- To Deepen our Relationship with Nature – On this expedition, as with all Outdoor Afro events, our leaders will learn about the climate, wildlife, and vegetation of the land they are on and its importance.
- Employ Conservation Efforts – One of Outdoor Afro’s principles is to help people take better care of themselves, their communities, and the planet. Outdoor Afro leaders will practice the seven leave no trace principles and learn international customs of engaging with nature.
- Enhance Black Leadership Curriculum – Over the course of eight days, leaders will participate in a Black Leadership Curriculum, creating discussions and activities influenced by the history of Black American outdoor leadership in the United States. Following this expedition, participants will share this at the annual Outdoor Afro Leader Training.
A native of California, Phil started his outdoor career as an outdoor professional in California as a whitewater guide on the Stanislaus river and full-time employee at REI. Phil worked for The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for more than 20 years instructing whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting, backpacking, backcountry skiing and rock climbing trips throughout the Western United States, Kenya, and Tanzania. He also served as the school’s Whitewater Program Director for 12 years and Equipment Manager in Chile, South America for 3 years.
His passion for outdoor recreation, education and climbing has provided him with opportunities to travel the world and volunteer his time for several youth programs, help bring education programs to guides, porters, rescue rangers and college students in Kenya, Tanzania and Chile. For six consecutive years, working with the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF) and the Khumbu Climbing Centre (KCC) in Nepal, he help train Nepali trekking and high altitude mountain guides gain valuable climbing and leadership skills.
In 2012 Phil was a member and team leader of the North Face/ National Geographic Everest Educational Expedition. He currently lives in Cortez, Colorado and works as a repair specialist at Osprey Backpacks.
Blogs by the Kilimanjaro Team
By Stephen Scott I am climbing 19,341 feet to the top of a volcano. Yes! Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcano (dormant but not extinct), but