Bozeman resident summits Mount Everest as part of first all-Black expedition

ELI FRANCOVICH Spokesman-Review

Bozeman resident summited Mount Everest in May as part of the first all-Black climbing team.

Manoah Ainuu, who is a sponsored climber for the North Face, was part of Full Circle Everest, an all-Black climbing team. Seven members of the team, plus eight Nepali guides, summited on May 12.

Ainuu, who was born in Compton, California, but moved to Spokane when he was 9, now lives in Bozeman. His parents own the popular Queen of Sheba restaurant in Spokane’s Flour Mill.

Prior to the successful summit, 10 Black people had summited the world’s tallest peak while more than 6,000 people have summited the 29,032-foot Himalayan mountain. The recent feat shows the continued diversification of a historically white activity, Ainuu said.

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Ainuu summited at 1:34 a.m. and spent about 15 minutes on the summit. The moon was out and he could see surrounding peaks clearly. The climb itself, he said, felt “easy” after years of hiking and climbing.

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