Renowned Mountaineer Phil Henderson


A native of California, Phil started his outdoor career as an outdoor professional in California as a whitewater guide on the Stanislaus river and full-time employee at REI. Phil worked for The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for more than 20 years instructing whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting, backpacking, backcountry skiing and rock climbing trips throughout the Western United States, Kenya, and Tanzania. He also served as the school’s Whitewater Program Director for 12 years and Equipment Manager in Chile, South America for 3 years.  

His passion for outdoor recreation, education and climbing has provided him with opportunities to travel the world and volunteer his time for several youth programs, help bring education programs to guides, porters, rescue rangers and college students in Kenya, Tanzania and Chile. For six consecutive years, working with the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF) and the Khumbu Climbing Centre (KCC) in Nepal, he help train Nepali trekking and high altitude mountain guides gain valuable climbing and leadership skills.

In 2012 Phil was a member and team leader of the North Face/ National Geographic Everest Educational Expedition. He currently lives in Cortez, Colorado and works as a repair specialist at Osprey Backpacks. 




Rosemary Saal is an outdoor enthusiast and educator. Exposed to outdoor recreation at a young age, she discovered her passion for so many outdoor activities. Since then, there has been no shortage of ways in which this passion has affected and influenced her life. Rosemary was one of the youngest members of the Expedition Denali team, the first group of Black American climbers to attempt to climb the Alaskan peak.


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