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

First the bad news: After 10 years of publication my book “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” is going out of print. I am down to my last 20 copies. Order yours today and I’ll send it to you autographed with a few stickers and other goodies.

I am eternally grateful to the climbers and other characters who have so graciously allowed me to share this story.

Many thanks to: Aparna Rajagopol-Durbin, Adina Scott, Stephen Shobe, Rosemary Saal, Scott Brisco, Stephen DeBerry, Ryan Mitchell, Erica Wynn, Billy Long, Tyrhee Moore, Kai Lightner, Philip Henderson, Ryan Hudson, Robbie Rechord, Sophia Danenberg and the late Barbara Hillary. Much appreciation to my friend and colleague Shelton Johnson for writing the forward.

The good news is my publisher the Mountaineers Books will issue a 10th edition of “The Adventure Gap” in September! This new book includes a updated afterward complete with details on the members of Expedition Denali since 2013 and a summary of what has happened in the outdoor industry over the last decade. Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project web site and get updates on the release date and upcoming events to celebrate the continuing efforts to make the outdoors accessible to everyone!

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.”