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Silvia Vasquez-Lavado


Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is the first openly gay woman to climb the famous Seven Summits, a bucket list of the highest mountain on every continent. In 2014, she launched Courageous Girls, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering survivors of violence and abuse through adventures in nature. Her new memoir In the Shadow of the Mountain explores her journey to the Seven Summits and the trauma that it unpacks.