The First African American To Climb Everest Is A Woman

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Sophie Danenberg didn't train to climb Mount Everest. She's constantly training. She didn't set out to be the first African American to climb the world's tallest peak, either but that's how it worked out, and she did it without a guide.

Sophie's no stranger to mountaineering, but she's never joined a mountaineering club or organization - simply because she couldn't find one that would let her join without taking an intro class - even when she had more experience than the instructor.

Head over to Melanin Base Camp to read more about Sophie's climbing career, overcoming social barriers, meeting communities all over the world and being a role model for other people of color in climbing.