Outdoor Movie: An American Ascent
Roanoke Parks and Recreation is proud to present "An American Ascent" on the outdoor movie screen. 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climb of the 20,237-foot Denali, nine African-American climbers try to bridge this “adventure gap” by challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like and changing the face of America's biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.
We are excited to announce that one of the climbers Scott Briscoe will be joining us for the film! Scott works at Patagonia, is an avid climber and fly fisherman and travels the country sharing stories of his expeditions with youth of color, inspiring them to remember that the outdoors belongs to them and they are the future caretakers of our wild spaces. Be sure to join us this Friday to meet Scott!
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/102678492
Don't forget to bring your own lawn chair or blanket!
Rain location: City Market Building