The Adventure Gap

Changing the Face of the Outdoors

• Chronicles the first all-African-American summit attempt on Denali, the highest point in North America


• Part adventure story, part history, and part argument for the importance of inspiring future generations to value nature

Who gets to use our nation’s wild places? Who is welcome in the parks? Who feels safe hiking in the wilderness? How do we change the status quo to make an “outdoors for all?”

The nation’s wild places — from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas — belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that Black American author James Edward Mills addresses in his 2014 book, “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.”