EVEN THOUGH HE’S TAKING A FEW GAP YEARS TRYING TO BE THE FIRST OPENLY GAY PERSON TO CLIMB THE SEVEN SUMMITS, THE MOST DANGEROUS THING CASON CRANE ’17 HAS DONE IS GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL
Name: Cason Crane
Age: Too old… (It’s a sensitive subject. I was born in 1992…)
Intended Major: Woody Woo
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Residential College you’re hoping to be placed into: Anything except Forbes!
What inspired you to climb the Seven Summits?
When I was young, I used to dream of climbing to the top of world. As I grew older, this fascination and passion developed into a love of the outdoors and of hiking. When I was 15, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro—the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340ft—with my mother. When I crested the Stella Ridge on Summit Day, I knew that climbing mountains was something I wanted to do with my life. So when I began my gap year after graduating from Choate last June, I decided I would try another mountain. During my training with my coach Lydia Bradey (the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen) in New Zealand a couple months ago, I decided I would commit to doing the rest of the Seven Summits, and to do it for a good cause.
What summit are you most excited to climb and why?
The one I’m most excited about is Carstensz Pyramid, because it’s the truest “adventure” expedition of the seven. Carstensz is in the middle of the jungles of Irian Jaya. And the jungles are inhabited by cannibalistic tribes who only became exposed to Europeans three decades ago. There’s a lot of risk involved, and risk excites me.