Hike ‘Step by Step’ Through Summer With This Black Diamond Athlete

Follow in the footsteps of one outdoorsman as he makes big strides toward the world’s tallest summits.

Black Diamond’s ‘Step By Step’ film, the latest project from the brand to share powerful stories of diverse individuals in the outdoors, features Andrew Alexander King.

If you don’t know his name already, you soon will. King, 33, is attempting to be the first Black American to climb the world’s 14 summits (the Seven Summits, plus the tallest volcanoes).

Andrew Alexander King
Photo credit: Black Diamond.

“As an African American man from Detroit, Black Diamond Ambassador Andrew Alexander King had to grow up fast. As he puts it, the first mountain he ever climbed was walking to school from 770 Asbury Park. ‘You didn’t know what was going to happen’,” the film description reads. “Now, he’s making waves in the outdoor community.”

This film shares Andrew’s steps — both physical and figurative — as he strives to summit mountains while advocating for inclusivity in the outdoors.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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