NOLS résumé: Wilderness First Responder, 23-and-over Alaska Mountaineering, Mount Baker Expedition Denali Training Trip

Scott Briscoe has had the great fortune to be exposed to the outdoors since he was 11.  He has been involved in outdoor adventure sports for nearly two decades. He has taken multi-week winter trips on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Northern Cascade Range, led multi-pitch climbing routes in Central and Southern Sierra Nevadas, and led multi-day backcountry snowboarding trips in the Northern Cascades and Central Rockies.

Throughout the years, he has been a staunch advocate for increasing the diversity of youth in adventure sports. As an educator in low income schools, he has led elementary and middle school  children on climbing trips and multi-day backpacking trips. While Scott was an avid outdoorsman in high school and later at Howard University, he says “it has always been a disappointment that I have not been around more people ‘like me.’ I feel had it not been for my more affluent friends at school I may not have had the exposure to some sports thereby limiting my opportunity. Even as a student at Howard University where the populations of people of color were the majority, the interest in adventure sports was relatively low.”

Over the past year Scott has focused his attention on exposing people of color to the sport of surfing  through Hiddenroots magazine.