WHO IS KIRSTIE ENNIS?

The Backstory

Kirstie Ennis lives in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education to accompany her Masters of Public Administration, Masters of Business Administration, and her Masters in Human Behavior. Kirstie served as a door gunner and CH-53 Helicopter Mechanic in the US Marine Corps. When her aircraft crashed during combat operations in Afghanistan 2012 she was critically injured. In addition to the left leg amputation, she sustained full thickness facial trauma, spinal injuries, a traumatic brain injury, and shoulder injuries. After recovery, Kirstie became dedicated to exceeding expectations. She works as a stuntwoman in major motion pictures, a veterans’ advocate, and as an adaptive extreme athlete. In an effort to repurpose herself to continue serving people as she did in the military, Kirstie established the Kirstie Ennis Foundation to provide education and opportunity in the outdoors and to support other non-profits dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families. She is also a spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Building Homes for Heroes, which provides adapted mortgage-free homes to critically injured veterans. She also sits on the board of non-profits Merging Vets and Players and Glam4Good. Kirstie adopted extreme sports as a way to inspire men, women, and children, with or without adversity to use more of their potential. In order to raise awareness and fundraise, she has sought out to break several world records — the first being to summit the highest peak on each of the seven continents and the North and South Poles (also known as the grand slam of mountains). Kirstie’s passions for engaging women, veterans, and disabled populations in outdoor recreation and rehabilitation make her an excellent addition to any team.

THE MISSION

After recovery, Kirstie became dedicated to exceeding expectations. She is now a semi-regular competitor and finisher in Ironman and marathon races. She is the junior director of a nonprofit organization, Wounded Warrior Outdoors, which takes wounded service men and women on therapeutic outdoor adventures. Kirstie is a spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Building Homes for Heroes, which provides adapted mortgage free homes to critically injured veterans. She is also the host of web based TV show, Adventures Enabled, which shows individuals with visible and invisible injuries overcoming their adversities. She is training for both a spot in the Winter Paralympic Games for boardercross as well as her new goal of reaching the Seven Summits and Grand Slam of mountains (setting records for both speed and as the first female above knee amputee to complete the slam). Kirstie’s passions for engaging women, veterans, and wounded populations in outdoor recreation and rehabilitation make her an excellent addition to this team.

TRACKING KIRSTIE

Follow Her Journey

Climbing for a Cause Initiative

The Seven Summits Project

September 3-13, 2018

Elbrus, Russia (Highest point in Europe)

December 16-January 10, 2019

 Mt. Vinson, Antartica and South Pole

(Looking to be first amputee to snowboard Vinson)

January 11-January 21, 2019

Aconcagua, Argentina

(Highest point in South America)

February 3-16, 2019

Kosciusko (Highest point in Australia)

TBD, 2019

North Pole

April 20 – May 26, 2019

Everest, Tibet

(Highest point in Asia, seeks to be first amputee to snowboard it)

June 1-30, 2020

Denali, Alaska

(2nd attempt, weather failure, highest point in North America)

TIMELINE

  • August 2008

     

    Joined Marine Corps; Attached to units HMH 465, HMH 461, and HMH 362 as helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic

  • January – August 2011

    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 465/461

     

    January – August 2011

  • January – June 23, 2012

     

    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 362; combat meritoriously promoted to Sergeant; injured June 23, 2012

  • July 2013

    Earns Masters in Human Behavior

     

    July 2013

  • December 2013

     

    Begins competing in Paralympic boardercross and banked slalom (snowboarding)

  • May 2014

    Medically retired from Marine Corps

     

    May 2014

  • August – November 2015

     

    Walks 1,000 miles throughout England, Scotland, and Wales in honor of 25 Marines who are no longer with us; also to raise awareness for British non-profit, Walking with the Wounded

  • November 2015

    Speaks at Madison Square Garden

     

    November 2015

  • January 2016

     

    Cosmopolitan Documentary

  • April 2016

    Starts career in Hollywood as a stuntwoman; first feature Patriots Day with Mark Wahlberg

     

    April 2016

  • May 2016

     

    People Magazine honors Kirstie as Annual Body Image Hero

  • September 2016

    Earns Masters in Business Admin

     

    September 2016

  • March 2017

     

    Summits Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft., highest point in Africa) while supporting non-profit, The Waterboys

  • June 2017

    ESPN Body Issue Cover

     

    June 2017

  • July 2017

     

    Summits Carstenzs (16,030 ft., highest point in Oceania) with non-profit The Heroes Project

  • September 2017

    Launches outdoor apparel (t-shirt line) HeadCase

     

    September 2017

  • November 2017

     

    Completes Everest Base Camp trek to collect logistics for summit attempt in 2019

  • December 2017

    First Business, Chapter One Hair and Body Lab Opens for Business

     

    December 2017

  • February 2018

     

    Summits Iliniza Norte (16,818 ft, located in Ecuador), Attempts Cotopaxi (19,347 ft, Ecuador)

  • June 2018

    Attempts Denali (20,310 ft, highest point in North America) in support of non-profit Building Homes for Heroes

     

    June 2018

  • July 2018

     

    Earns Masters in Public Admin

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT