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Climber Dastan Kasmamytov talks about proposing atop Denali… & planting a rainbow flag on Vladimir Putin Peak

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A post shared by Dastan Kasmamytov (@dastanik)For Dastan, mountains represent all of the freedom and possibility in the world.

The founder of Pink Summits, he’s on a mission to provide LGBTQ+ visibility by climbing the highest mountains in each continent.

While scaling Mount Everest or Denali may be dangerous (it is!), Dastan says the experience of ascending up snowy peaks suspended thousands of feet in the air is nothing compared to being an out gay person in his home country of Kyrgyzstan.

The Central Asia country is vehemently anti-LGBTQ+, passing the same homophobic laws as Vladimir Putin. When Dastan came out, he spoke out against the brutality that LGBTQ+ people face in Kyrgyzstan.

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