An American Ascent, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali, is set to show at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm.
The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world’s most iconic peaks.
A Q&A with NOLS Northeast instructor and mountaineer James Kagambi (KG) will take place after the showing. Kagambi joined NOLS as a field instructor in 1987 and has worked in Africa, Chile, Alaska, India, and the United States as a backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering instructor. He has also completed three of the Seven Summits and in 1992 represented Africa in the U.N Peace Climb for the world on the Eiger. KG has summited the Eiger three times, was the first black African to summit Denali in 1989, and was the ﬁrst black African to summit Aconcagua in 1994. He has led other climbs including Expedition Denali — the first African American expedition to Denali.
In his home country of Kenya, KG has guided on Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro since the 1990s and today trains search and rescue teams on Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, and Rwenzoris. KG’s contributions to the field of rock climbing and mountaineering in Kenya have led to recognition and honors in his country. KG is the founder and owner of KG Mountain Expeditions in Kenya. While not enjoying his favorite activity — high altitude mountaineering — KG enjoys spending time with his family and three children in Naromoru, Kenya.
This event is free and open to the public
For more information about the film click here.
Photo from Expedition Denali provided.