arrow-downarrow-leftarrow-rightarrow-upchevron-upchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-upclosecomment-newemail-newfullscreen-closefullscreen-opengallerygridheadphones-newheart-filledheart-openmap-geolocatormap-pushpinArtboard 1Artboard 1Artboard 1minusng-borderpauseplayplusprintreplayscreensharefacebookgithubArtboard 1Artboard 1linkedinlinkedin_inpinterestpinterest_psnapchatsnapchat_2tumblrtwittervimeovinewhatsappspeakerstar-filledstar-openzoom-in-newzoom-out-new

Closing the 'Adventure Gap': Bringing Diversity to Mountain Climbing

In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to tackle Alaska's Denali, the highest peak in North America. Filmmakers George Potter and Andy Adkins document the journey in the full-length film An American Ascent, and highlight other historical climbing events that led up to the expedition. Co-producer James Edward Mills, who coined the term "adventure gap," outlines the importance of having diverse role models who can inspire people of all races and ethnicities in his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.