Erin Parisi is hoping to make history as the first transgender person to climb the world's 7 Summits, the mountaineering challenge of climbing the highest peak on every continent. With four of the seven completed, Erin is now training for the first known trans attempt of the world’s highest summit, Mt. Everest.
“When I began, I was climbing as a rebellion to a world that told me that I didn’t belong. But I have found love and acceptance on my journey, and now I climb with the support of allies, the LGBTQ+ community and so many other marginalized groups.”
In 2018, Erin founded TranSending, a non-profit dedicated to increasing transgender representation in outdoor spaces and activities. Shortly after she launched her missions to climb the Seven Summits and be seen for who she truly was, on behalf of the whole trans and LGBT community. An estimated 500 people in the world have completed the Seven Summits, and Erin will become the first known trans person to proudly stand on these tallest peaks.
After a lifetime hiding, Erin refuses to be relegated to the shadows and now celebrates by being seen on the highest mountains. With each summit, Erin is growing visibility and inclusion of the entire trans community and laying a pathway for all trans people to be seen, heard, and included, especially in sports.
The expenses for Erin's Everest climb will be $45,000 and are broken down like this:
Permit ("Permission to Climb") - $11,000
Required local Permit Liaison - $500
Trash removal Deposit - $800
TransportSherpa/Yaks support to Everest Base Camp - $1,000
Icefall Doctors, Khumbu Icefall - $1,000
Evac/Rescue/Medical insurance - $5,000
Food/Cook/Kitchen Tent - $5,000
Climbing Sherpa Support - $4,000
Oxygen (Sherpa & Climber) - $6,500
O2 Mask and Regulator - $1,000
Nepal Hire - $3,000
Western Guide/Logisitcs - $4,000
Tea house stay to Everest Base Camp - $500
Misc food and gratuity - $2,000
Not included: transportation to and from expedition (approx $2000), gear (approx $7000), prep courses, training, etc.