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  • donknute donknute Jun 10, 2013 1:00 PM Flag

    The Denali Project sponsors include Mako Surgical, The North Face, REI

    The author/photographer recently had bilateral hip makoplasty so won't climb but will document the journey.
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    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    • "In 2010 I spent almost three weeks traveling through Ethiopia. There to report on a fascinating NGO that builds economically sustainable schools in remote villages I struggled to overcome the final onset of osteo-arthritis. This chronic condition made me walk with a limp and would ultimately require me to have both my hips replaced. But three years later thanks to a revolutionary surgical procedure called MAKOPlasty I’m heading out on the single most ambitious project of my career. But oddly enough having just learned how to walk on two titanium prosthetic implants was the least of my worries...............................Expedition Denali has the same goal. Also supported by The North Face and outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. this climb intends to reach out to those under-represented communities of color with vibrant images of black climbers actively engaged in the sport they love. Lead by the National Outdoor Leadership School Expedition Denali hopes to encourage African-Americans and other minority groups to seek out experiences in the natural world and perhaps future careers dedicated to protecting it.

      So now with less than 48 hours before I arrive in Alaska to begin my own efforts toward this goal I find myself a little less anxious. Inspired by the Expedition Denali team and other athletes like Ryan Hudson I’ve come to realize that my role as a writer is far less daunting than the task to climb this very high mountain. Less then three months after hip surgery it’s not advisable for me to make a 20,328-foot ascent. But with the help of a very successful Kickstarter campaign and a small grant from MAKO Surgical Corp, the makers of my new hips, I’ll be doing much of my reporting from Denali National Park and the NOLS branch office in Palmer.......

      ......Special coverage of Expedition Denali is supported in part thanks to the generous support of MAKO Surgical Corporation...."

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Correction. Looks like MAKO is helping sponsor the blogger/photog. The North Face and REI are sponsoring the climbers.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy