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Shepherding in the Next Generation of Mountaineers: Ava Keniston

Shepherding in the Next Generation of Mountaineers: Ava Keniston Five women walk down a snowy face in mountaineering gear connected by a rope

In the heart of the Pacific Northwest stands the 10,786-foot summit of Komo Kulshan, or Mount Baker. This awe-inspiring peak is a challenge for even the most seasoned mountaineers. However daunting, this mountain became a classroom for Ava, one of our inaugural youth participants with the Summit Scholarship Foundation. As Ava climbed, an unforgettable journey unfolded alongside peers and fellow women mountaineers. 

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Clara Soh: (Dis-)Ability, Tenacity & Representation

Clara Soh: (Dis-)Ability, Tenacity & Representation

What comes to mind when you hear the words “22 reconstructive surgeries”, “permanently disabled” and “chronic pain”? Chances are, it’s not a rock-climbing, ocean-surfing, split-boarding search-and-rescue volunteer and Mt Rainier backcountry ski patroller.  Chances are, even if you manage to combine all those mental images — your mind probably wouldn’t shape them into a 44-year-old Asian woman. That’s exactly the reason that Clara Soh was voted one of this year’s Summit Scholarship recipients to embark on AWE’s Ishinca & Tocllaraju expedition in Peru, made possible with financial support from Nite Ize. 

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