Empowering future deaf & hard of hearing youth
to explore the outdoors
As deaf mountaineers, Scott and Shayna know that they can do anything they want to — but they also are realistic about having faced more barriers than most mountaineers, including communication, deaf representation, and access to mountaineering information, along with encountering misconceptions and lowered expectations. Facing such challenges has strengthened the duo’s desire to make mountain climbing accessible to people from marginalized communities, especially deaf and hard of hearing youth.
K-12 Deaf School Presentation
Scott’s and Shayna’s efforts have impacted thousands of deaf and hard of hearing children across the country. Through interactive talks both in person and virtually, they take students along as they share their climbing stories. The presentations are hands-on in that audience members can touch and even use gear, try to pull weighed-down sleds, and try on mountaineering gear and equipment. Best of all, young participants are moved to see beyond, dream beyond, and achieve beyond their wildest dreams.
Shayna and Scott harnessed the power of social media by giving deaf and hard of hearing kids everywhere the opportunity to submit videos in ASL to ask about mountain climbing. It was thrilling to see deaf and hard of hearing kids’ eyes light up with understanding as the duo responded to the kids’ questions in ASL.
BEYOND THE PEAKS
With Seeing Beyond: Seven Summits, Scott and Shayna have traveled the nation to present to youth of all ages. With more deaf youth showcasing themselves in the outdoors — whether it be a walk in the park or climbing a mountain — Scott and Shayna are excited about continuing giving back to their community and inspire the next generation of deaf and hard of hearing explorers.