Sheldon Kerr '07

Spirit of Adventure Award

The recipient of the 2022 Spirit of Adventure Award is Sheldon Kerr ’07. Sheldon majored in feminist and gender studies at CC, and since graduation has made outstanding achievements as a mountain guide. In 2020, she became the 13th American woman to earn an American Mountain Guide certification — the highest level of credential attainable by a professional mountain guide, recognized in more than 20 International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) member countries. For perspective, as of June 2022, there were 4,000 guides working in the U.S., and only 175 guides had attained this elite credential. Throughout her career, Sheldon has been a tireless advocate for gender equity in the career of mountain guiding. She and her company Moxie Mountain Guides focus on programs that target justice, inclusion, and funding for the underrepresented in the outdoors such as deaf, fat, indigenous, and neurologically atypical peoples. Her accomplishments and leadership have been lauded by many respected outdoor organizations and magazines.
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