My Story

My name is Alex Derr, and I have a passion for America’s mountains. Since a young age, I’ve been exploring the outdoors, and gaining an appreciation for the environment we all depend on. Through the scouting program, I learned to hike and camp, use a compass, perform wilderness first aid, and take care of myself in the outdoors. Then, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Environmental Studies & Political Science, I moved to Colorado to study environmental policy.

I’ve fallen in love with the high peaks and mountains of the American West. My goals include climbing all of America’s peaks above 14,000ft, along with Colorado’s 100 highest peaks. I created the Next Summit to tell my story, share advice for others, and help spread the adventure of mountaineering. 

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