Climbing For Cause

Gay Mountaineer Begins Quest To Climb Mount Everest

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 6.45.32 PM(Image: OutSports)

Cason Crane, a 2o-year-old college student and avid mountain climber is on his way to become the first openly gay mountaineer to conquer Mount Everest. But he’s not just taking on this challenge for fun. Since 2010, Crane has turned his passion for climbing into a way to raise awareness for the Trevor Project and gay suicide.

According to OutSports, “the Rainbow Summit Project was born from tragedy” after one of his high school friends committed suicide followed by the suicide of Tyler Clementi. “I didn’t know Tyler at all,” Crane said. “But I felt like I knew him.”

Since then he was been raising money as he aims to complete his mission of becoming the first gay person to climb the highest peak on all seven continents.

He has already conquered five of the mountains and now is embarking on his tallest and hardest challenge yet. If he completes this climb, followed by his final target – Mount McKinnley in Alaska – he’ll become the fifth youngest climber to do have done so.

(To learn more about the project or to donate, visit You can also track his progress on Twitter.)