Who are we?
a bunch of cool queer mountaineers and straight allies
Dastan was born in Kyrgyzstan, a fascinating country with rich nomadic history and jaw-dropping mountain sceneries. There, in his home country he learned to love nature, appreciate the beauty of it and enjoy hiking, snowboarding, mountaineering and rock-climbing.
Dastan loves sports and active life style and enjoys swimming and running in-between the epic trips to the mountains. The sports helps him to push his limits whether it is skiing in the Alpes or running the marathon in Berlin.
In his professional life, Dastan is a programmer. He works now as a freelance developer for startups and IT companies in Germany and in the USA. He has a long academic experience behind him: he finished his Master's at Metropolitan University in Oslo (Norway), but studied also at Freie Universität - Berlin (Germany), American University in Central Asia/Bard College (Kyrgyzstan), Pierce College (USA).
Dastan is a gay activist. He was one of the first kyrgyz who openly came out in the media. This brought to backlash that forced him to continue education in Europe and to pursue a safer life.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Dastan joined expeditions to Aconcagua in South America, Elbrus in Europe, Mont Blanc in Western Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Kosciuszko / Kunama Namadgi / Jagungal in Australia, Pik Leipzig and Pik Putin in Kyrgyzstan.
Steffen has some mountaineering experience, but he loves sports and regularly ``tortures`` himself with high intensity trainings. Steffen enjoys also snowboarding and regularly attends the gay ski and snowboard events in the Alps.
Steffen is a proud openly gay CEO of several digital companies and he was included into the Germany's Top100 Out Executives List in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Steffen joined expeditions to Elbrus in Europe, Mont Blanc in Western Europe, and Kilimanjaro in Africa (even twice!).
Chris is also fond of alpine rock and ice climbing, scuba diving, and paragliding. He also did a lot of trail running and speed hiking. His passion for the mountains and outdoor sports led him to be based partially also in Allgäu, Germany, at the forefront of the German Alps.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Christian joined expeditions to Aconcagua in South America, Mont Blanc in Western Europe, Pik Leipzig and Pik Putin in Kyrgyzstan. He had expeditions to many other mountains outside of the campain, including Elbrus in Caucausus, Pik Lenin and Pik Khan Tengri in Kyrgyzstan.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Mister X joined expeditions to Mont Blanc in Western Europe and Kilimanjaro in Africa.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Emilie joined the second expedition to Kyrgyzstan.
Hans Martin found recently his new passion in long-distance cycling and alpine skiing, especially if it is sunny outside. Sun is fun for him and with the first weak sun beams hitting his balcony in Oslo, he starts to grill and to chill out outside.
Hans Martin has some mountaineering experience and is a true planning guru who has everything in case if something was forgotten at home.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Hans Martin joined expeditions to Mont Blanc in Western Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Kosciuszko / Kunama Namadgi / Jagungal in Australia.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign,Rüdiger joined expeditions to Aconcagua in South America, Pik Leipzig and Pik Putin in Kyrgyzstan. Rüdiger was however on many other expeditions independently, including Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro.
Although Jozef lives in the famously flat Netherlands, he loves going to the mountains and the great outdoors. During the year, Jozef does CrossFit and bouldering, while in the summer and winter he goes to the mountains for climbing and skiing respectively.
``I like to get out of civilization at least once a year. And, as Mr. Messner pointed out, in today's world you typically need to go vertical to achieve that. Thanks to Pink Summits we can explore this world with like-minded people.``
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Jozef joined the expedition to Pik Leipzig and Pik Putin in Kyrgyzstan.
Bjørn is active in the sport of adventure racing, a team sport of 3 - 4 people involving navigation, running, mountain biking, kayaking and climbing nonstop for multiple hours or even days. A lot of Bjørns friends are also from outdoor sports and activities.
Bjørn lives with his husband in Copenhagen and they can often be found in their cosy summerhouse on the weekends. Bjørn has co-founded a LGBTQ student community in Aalborg, Denmark.
``Unfortunately, many people in the world have negative images of LGBTQ people. Being part of Pink Summits means to spread positive images of strong and capable people and meaningful human relationships.`` - Bjørn
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Bjørn joined the expedition to Pik Leipzig and Pik Putin in Kyrgyzstan.
She enjoys film photography and riding a bike. She is not sure that she will be doing all Seven Summits, but she is in any case a proud part of the team taking care of many aspects that make this campaign successful.
Christian is driven by studying the interplay between existential suffering and meaning-making. He is interested in the psychology of ingroup favouritism and aggression towards others. His passion is to understand better how awareness of our own mortality and personal regrets are influencing the way we interact with others who are different from us.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Christian joined the expedition to Kilimanjaro in Africa.
As an activist, advocating for LGBTQI+ visibility, he initiated among many other actions in 2017, the giant painting with rainbow colours on the second largest steps in the heart of his hometown (Marseille, France)and helped LGBT+ refugees from Chechnya, Ivory Coast, Syria, and other countries to find a safe home with basic needs.
M.A Graduate from Sciences-Po Aix and the University of Freiburg i.Br. in Germany, Théo Challande Névoret previously led the political strategy and analysis of the Socialist and Green Group in the County Council of the Bouches-du-Rhone on issues such as social safety net for unemployed people, deprived households and children, territorial development policies, political agenda-setting and PR.
Théo Challande Névoret strongly believes in humanity, dignity and justice. He aims to advocate for the shape of a better world for everyone.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Theo joined the expedition to Mont Blanc in Western Europe.
Martin also loves nature and sports. Since childhood his parents were taking him for camping almost every weekend. Now he is camping on the next level: with our Pink Summits team! He joined us in 2019 on our trip to Kilimanjaro.
As a final word, here are some of Martin's preferences: summer over winter, beer over wine, tolerance over North Korea.
As a part of Pink Summits campaign, Martin joined the expedition to Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Join us! You may do all 7/9 summits, a part of it, only one mountain or be involved in other expeditions and trips. Mountaineering experience would be great to have, but no the must.
Please, note: you should bear your own expenses. However our sponsors like Osprey may help you with equipment and other group expedition costs.
Please, write to dastan /at/ pinksummits.com if you are inspired to join us on our adventures!