2018 keynote speaker:

James mills

Author of The Adventure Gap, creator of The Joy Trip Project podcast, former journalist and gear rep, James Mills will deliver the 2018 CWA Summit keynote address.


Read on to learn about James' accomplishments in alpinism, storytelling, and advocacy for diversity in the great outdoors. 


2018 Keynote Speaker

According to James Mills, "Every day is a daring adventure, a trip into the joyful pursuit of our full human potential. Along this path we try, and often fail. But we persevere. We persist. Only then do we succeed. It’s an ongoing process without end. Come join me."

The CWA is thrilled to announce James Edward Mills as our 2018 keynote speaker. Summit attendees can expect to hear about James' adventures in the alpine, experiences working in the outdoor industry, and his work as a journalist. In particular, James has focused on lifting up minority communities to claim access to wild places, outdoor recreation, and professional opportunities in the outdoor industry. His work includes his coverage of the first all African-American ascent of Denali in the book, The Adventure Gap. Additionally, James has created and currently produces a podcast titled The Joy Trip Project.

About The Adventure Gap

The nation’s wild places—from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas—belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that African American author James Mills addresses in his new book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.

Read more about The Adventure Gap.

About The Joy Trip Project

The Joy Trip Project is a newsgathering and reporting organization that covers outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. The JTP podcast is supported by a website that provides media resources and information that demonstrates how ordinary people make healthy lifestyle choices and become actively engaged in political and social actions that preserve wild and natural settings.

Learn more about The Joy Trip Project

About James Mills

James Edward Mills is a 2014 Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program of the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. As a freelance journalist and an independent media producer in a career that spans more than 20 years he specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. Working in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer and photographer his experience includes a broad range of expeditions that include mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and kayaking.

James has written for several publications that include The Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Region Business Journal, Madison Magazine, Madison Sports Monthly and Wisconsin Trails. He currently is a contributor to several outdoor focused print and online publications that include National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP Magazine, Paddle Sports Business, Sporting Goods Business, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, WEND Magazine, The Clymb, High Country News, Park Advocate Magazine, Land + People and Sierra Magazine.

With skills in audio storytelling James’ radio production credits include Wisconsin Public Radio, the Public Radio Exchange, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and the Public Radio International programs To The Best of Our Knowledge and The Tavis Smiley Show.

In recognition for his work in sharing the important history and legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and their efforts at the dawn of the National Park Service James was named a Yosemite National Park Centennial Ambassador in 2016

James lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Shamane Mills and two lovable dogs, Reba and Sasha

Visit JoyTripProject.com to learn more about James Mills.


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