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 Kirstie Ennis Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization founded to financially support deserving organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families. We strive to provide education, opportunity, and healing in the outdoors.


Follow Her Journey

Climbing for a Cause Initiative

The Seven Summits Project

January 17 – February 9, 2019

Aconcagua, the highest point in South America

March 29 – May 26, 2019

 Mt. Everest, Nepal (looking to be first amputee to snowboard it)


  • 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