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PHILIP HENDERSON

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Philip Henderson is a dedicated outdoor sports professional.  An injury in college made it impossible to play football so he gravitated to outdoor sports.  He works as a manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School, teaching others to enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and climbing.  Henderson has traveled on assignment to Kenya and Tanzania for 1.5 years, where he discovered what it is like to not be a racial minority.  He also was an instructor in Nepal at the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation Khumbu Climbing School in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  Henderson is also a member of Pioneer Climbing Expedition (PCE).


Pioneer Climbing Expedition (PCE)

Steven Shobe, Elliott Boston III, and Philip Henderson are a team of African American men determined to be the first group of African Americans to climb the highest summits on all seven continents, including:


  1. Mount Aconcagua (22,830 feet) in Argentina
  2. Denali (20,320 feet) in Alaska
  3. Mount Elbrus (18,510 feet) in Russia
  4. Mount Everest (29,028 feet) in Nepal
  5. Mount Kilimanjaro (19,334 feet) in Tanzania
  6. Mount Kosciusko (7,310 feet) in Australia
  7. Mount Vinson Massif (16,050 feet) in Antarctica


The name of their team is Pioneer Climbing Expedition (PCE).  Thus far, they have climbed Mount Aconcagua (February, 2002), Mount Elbrus (August, 2003), Mount Kosciusko (March, 2008), Denali, and Mount Kilimanjaro (February, 2008). 


After each achievement, Pioneer Climbing holds clinics at local schools, trying to turn disenfranchised urban youth on to rock-climbing, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and canoeing.  A goal of PCE is to “awaken minorities to the many types of nontraditional outdoor sports.”