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Interview with Erica Wynn

Mountaineer Erica Wynn talks about her role in “An American Ascent”, a documentary featured in season 9 of AfroPop.

Directed by Andy Adkins and George Potter, AN AMERICAN ASCENT documents the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak), while shedding light on the complex relationship many African Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of 20,237ft Denali, nine African American climbers try to bridge this “adventure gap” – challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.