An African American Climber’s Journey

Andrew Alexander King hopes not just to climb the 14 summits, but to bring diversity into the outdoors.

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The journey starts with a single step. As an African American from Detroit, BD Ambassador Andrew Alexander King had to grow up fast. As he puts it, the first mountain he ever climbed was walking to school from 770 Asbury Park. “You didn’t know what was going to happen.” Eventually, Andrew found solace and tranquility in mother nature. Now at 33, he’s making waves in the outdoor community. While he’s attempting to be the first Black American to climb the world’s 14 summits (7 highest peaks plus the tallest volcanoes), Andrew’s true intentions lie in the steps he’s taking to bring diversity and inclusivity into the outdoors.

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