‘TranSending’: Erin Parisi Pushes Toward First Trans Ascent of All Seven Summits

The mountaineering world is about to see a big first.

Three years ago, Erin Parisi began her journey of training for and climbing the Seven Summits, not just to bag the peaks, but also to promote awareness and visibility for the trans community.

Merrell’s “TranSending” film follows Parisi’s own journey as a transgender woman, and establishing and embracing her identity. The film is a story of adventure, grit, and self-discovery.

“Everything the Seven Summits stood for to me was bucking that stigma, and saying that I could own my own narrative,” Parisi said in the film.

Erin Parisi started her Seven Summits journey in 2018, completing three of the seven summits in just 6 months. (She’s summitted Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Mt. Kosciusko in Australia.)

With travel stalled for much of 2020 due to COVID, Parisi is eager to get back. She hopes to tick off Mt. Everest and Antarctica’s Vinson Massif this year to become the first trans woman and trans person to climb all Seven Summits.

Learn more about her project and the TranSending 7 nonprofit.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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