When I first heard of Expedition Denali several questions came to mind:
What is Denali? Who is this Tyrhee guy? Why is he speaking at WVU?
Well, what I learned is Expedition Denali is one of the many expeditions designed, developed, and led by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The program brought together a diverse group of African American leaders to be the first all-black mountaineering team to summit the largest peak in North America, Mt. Denali. The goal of Expedition Denali is to be a catalyst for public dialogue, by advocating diversity in the outdoors and inspiring under-represented groups to become more involved in the outdoor community. The Denali team demonstrates that no matter what race, age, gender, or geographic location an individual identifies with, there is an equal opportunity for everyone to experience and enjoy time in the outdoors.
For me, meeting with Tyrhee and listening to his stories helped me gain a better understanding of his perspective. Since then, I have been inspired to share with others my love for the outdoors and relay how taking the initiative to try something new can be such a rewarding experience.