Leading the Way Up Pico de Orizaba

In December 2018, African-American mountaineer Rebecca Ross summited 18,500’ Pico de Orizaba in Mexico while leading her first international mountaineering expedition. She writes, “My body went through the wringer and then some. However, I discovered a reserve of strength and tenacity that I didn’t know existed.”

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I Said I Wasn't Outdoorsy...But I Lied

Someone very boldly asked me “What is your story? What got you outdoors?” Having been asked that question before, I automatically launched into the short synopsis of my brief outdoor career… I continued on with this neatly packaged story of how I fell in love with the Outdoors in my mid twenties.  For so long I absolutely believed this narrative to be true, but looking back I now realize that...I lied.

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