Sophia Danenberg


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Life at a glance (1972- )

pixelated game character in a fur snowsuit

Sophia Danenberg reached the sky. She is known for her remarkable achievements in mountaineering. In 1999, she made history by becoming the first African American and the first black woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Her ascent of Everest was a monumental adventure, marked by determination, courage, and a commitment to breaking barriers.

Besides Mount Everest (8,850 meters, Asia), Danenberg has climbed three more of the 'Seven Summits', the highest mountains on each continent: Aconcagua (6,962 meters, South America), Denali (6,194 meters, North America) and Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters, Africa).

Danenberg's achievement not only showcased her exceptional mountaineering skills but also served as an inspiration to countless individuals, emphasizing the importance of diversity and representation in outdoor and adventure pursuits. Her adventurous spirit, combined with her groundbreaking ascent of Everest, solidifies her as a trailblazer in the world of high-altitude exploration.

Daring Deeds Adventure Game

To follow in Sophia's footsteps, pick up a Daring Deeds gameboard (Jan. 30–April 1) at any library location, or track your mission status in Beanstack. You can even create a paper "avatar" of Sophia to play the game!

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Sophia Danenberg - first Black woman to summit Mt. Everest
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