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Len Necefer

Len Necefer

Len Necefer, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona with joint appointments with the American Indian Studies program and the Udall Center for Public Policy. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors. His research focuses on the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. In his spare time, Len is an avid outdoor adventurer using rock/ice climbing, high altitude and ski mountaineering, and Type II fun to convey stories focused on environmental activism and indigenous history.


It’s hard to believe that this is Arizona. Len Necefer navigates the blowing snow and rocks along the summit ridge of Dook’o’sliid, the peak that never melts, amidst gale force winds and frigid temperatures. Photo: Greg Balkin

The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd

Oct 25, 2019 October 25, 2019

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature… Read More