Sophia grew up in a family that can be described as “indoorsy.” She wasn’t introduced to hiking or camping until college when she signed up for a backpacking trip across New Hampshire’s Presidential Range with the Harvard Freshman Outdoor Program. Since then, she has continued to explore the outdoors.

Her introduction to glaciers came in 2002 when she climbed Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. Sophia’s love of the mountains has taken her all over the world, from the Matterhorn and Chamonix in the Alps to Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in Africa to Ama Dablam and Mount Everest in the Himalayas. With her summit of Everest in 2006, Sophia became the first African American to summit the highest mountain in the world.

In addition to climbing, Sophia enjoys trying new outdoor sports such as mountain biking, snowboarding, and surfing, and is currently embarrassing herself trying to learn to ski. In the future, she would like to pursue more technical mountaineering routes and to try her hand at ski mountaineering. She loves sharing her passion for athletics and the outdoors, volunteering in the past with Special Olympics, Passages Northwest, and the Sierra Club Inner City Outings.