The first expedition of Black mountaineers to attempt to summit Mount Everest made history this week when the group successfully climbed the world’s tallest peak.
Seven members of the Full Circle Everest expedition, including Coloradans Eddie Taylor and Thomas Moore, accomplished the epic feat on Thursday, according to a statement released Friday. Team members Manoah Ainuu, Rosemary Saal, Demond “Dom” Mullins, James “KG” Kagami, and Evan Green also made it to the summit.
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“I am deeply honored to report that seven members of the Full Circle Everest team reached the summit on May 12,” said Philip Henderson, Full Circle Everest’s leader, in a statement. “While a few members, including myself, did not summit, all members of the climb and Sherpa teams have safely returned to Base Camp where we will celebrate this historic moment!”
Full Circle Everest reached Everest Base Camp in Nepal in late April on a mission to not only climb the legendary mountain but also inspire other outdoor enthusiasts of color. According to the team’s GoFundMe page, just 10 Black climbers had ever previously reached the summit.
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The expedition was supported by 12 Sherpa guides, including Pasang Nima Sherpa, Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, Phurtemba Sherpa, Dawa Chhiri Sherpa, Sonam Gaylje Sherpa, Nima Nuru Sherpa, Chopal Sherpa, Chawang Lhendup Sherpa, Tasha Gyalje Sherpa, Amrit Ale, Pemba Sherpa, and Nawang Tenji Sherpa.
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