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Madison man heading to Alaska to cover "Expedition Denali"


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison freelance journalist leaves Tuesday to cover a historic expedition in Alaska.

A group of African Americans will become the first African American team to climb Mt. Denali this month as part of Expedition Denali. Mt. Denali is the highest peak in North America.

46-year-old James Mills, from Madison, is covering the historic climb for National Geographic, but he's also shooting a documentary and writing a book about the climb.

Covering Expedition Denali is part of The Joy Trip Project. Through that project and his many outdoor activities, Mills wants to raise greater awareness about outdoor adventure activities, especially among the African American community.

Mills is an avid outdoor athlete who mountaineers, skis, hikes, kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, and runs. Mills ran into an obstacle in 2005 though when he developed osteoarthritis. But after receiving a newer, innovative robotic surgery technology, to replace both hips earlier this year, he's getting back to his normal outdoor activities.

Mills leaves for Alaska on Tuesday and the Expedition Denali team will arrive in Alaska on Saturday. They should all be back home by Sunday, June 30.

Mills won't be climbing with the Expedition Denali team this time, but he does plan on climbing Mt. Denali next year, on the 50th anniversary of the first African American to climb the mountain.

Mills joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday to talk about his upcoming trip.

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