The Adventure Gap

Changing the Face of the Outdoors, 10th Anniversary Edition

  • 224 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-680-7
  • Sep 1, 2024

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  • Features a new “where are they now” section, updating readers on lives of expedition’s original climbers
  • Fully updated and detailed resources based on the "Anti-Racism in the Outdoors" (ARITO) guide
  • Readers’ Guide explores additional context and questions for further consideration

Outdoor journalist James Edward Mills’s book, The Adventure Gap, is a groundbreaking volume that is equal parts adventure story, history, and inspiration as it chronicles the first American all-Black summit attempt on Denali in 2013. Mills uses this momentous expedition as a jumping-off point to explore diversity in the outdoors, from Mathew Henson who stood at the North Pole in 1909 to contemporary adventurers such as polar explorer Barbara Hillary and rock climber Kai Lightner.

This tenth anniversary edition once again shares the compelling events that unfolded during Expedition Denali’s summit bid. But it also provides fresh context: A new thought-provoking afterword by Mills examines what has evolved in and around the outdoor community since that effort. He highlights progress and inspiring stories, such as Full Circle Everest, an expedition led by Phillip Henderson that put an all-Black team on top of the world’s highest peak. And he points to places where we can and should all strive for higher achievement.

The Adventure Gap has become an essential text in outdoor education and inspiration--a story of our times, now more relevant than ever.


Foreword by Shelton Johnson
  • 224 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-680-7
  • Sep 1, 2024

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