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Meet the southwest Colorado man leading the first all-Black expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest

Posted December 24, 2021 | By Tami Graham |

The Full Circle Everest Expedition team, pictured here atop Washington's Mount Rainier in July 2021, hopes to summit Everest next year.

Next year, a group of mountain climbers hopes to make history as the first all-Black team to summit Mt. Everest.

Phil Henderson of Cortez is leading the expedition, known as Full Circle Everest. He’s worked in the outdoor recreation industry for almost 30 years and has been on expeditions to Everest, Denali, and Kiliminjaro.

He joined us by Zoom to talk about the historic planned ascent of the world’s highest mountain.


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