Women’s Courses and Climbs

Why are we offering climbs and programs for women only?

At Alpine Ascents International we want to see more ladies out in the mountains.   We know from experience that there’s something uniquely special about an all-female expedition.   Whether it’s the warm and supportive environment,  the truly epic snacks, or just knowing that you’re not alone in the dreaded pee-funnel situation, climbing mountains with other women is a very good thing.

Our all-female programs combine the time tested itineraries of our summit climbs and courses with a supportive and fun environment led by accomplished female guides.   We want your experience with us to be more than just tagging a summit.  (Don’t worry, we will be definitely be tagging summits.)  Our hope is that you leave the Cascades with both the confidence and hard skills that will inspire you take on other challenges in your life, both in and out of the mountains.

Maybe you’ll even come back with a new adventure buddy or two.

3-DAY MUIR CLIMB - OUR MOST POPULAR CLIMB, BUT LADIES ONLY

This three-day instructional course and summit climb will teach you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, and glacier travel techniques, leading up to a summit attempt of Mt. Rainier. Successful completion of this program will give you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions. Prior to your summit climb, all team members will have an instructional gear check, during which you will review the functionality of each piece of gear and learn about wilderness ethics, Leave No Trace principles, and the mission statement of the National Park Service.

This climb will be led by four of our accomplished female guides and open to women only.

For comprehensive climb information, please refer to our Mount Rainier 3-Day Muir Climb page.

 

PRICE

$1,690.00 (includes transportation, breakfast and dinner)

2020 SCHEDULE

August 9 – 11 – Sold Out

3-DAY BAKER CLIMB - PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS, NO MEN ALLOWED

The quintessential Northwest glacier, Mt. Baker (along with its kindred peak, Mt. Rainier), provides and fantastic climbing experience for both the novice and developed mountaineer.  This three-day instructional course/summit climb teaches you some of the basics of glacier mountaineering, including self-arrest training, glacier and rope techniques while looking to summit Mt. Baker. Successful completion of this program gives you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions. Prior to your summit climb, all team members have an instructional gear check which reviews the functionality of each piece of gear, wilderness ethics and leave no trace.

This climb will be led by three of our accomplished female guides and open to women only.

For comprehensive climb information, please refer to our Mount Baker 3-Day Climb page.

 

PRICE

$995.00 (includes transportation, breakfast and dinner)

 
 
2020 SCHEDULE

June 27 – 29 – REGISTER

July 31 – August 2 – REGISTER

6-DAY MOUNTAINEERING COURSE - THE CLASSIC COURSE, HOLD THE MEN

Distinguished among climbing schools, our six-day program has been the foundation of our education programs for over 20 years. During this course, our students receive hands-on climbing and climber’s safety training on the premier alpine training ground of the Cascades, Mount Baker.   Alpine Ascents believes the best training for mountaineering is accomplished with as much time in the field as possible, so all six days are spent in the mountains.

This program is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber who wishes to develop strong fundamental skills in all aspects of snow and glacier climbing as well as rock climbing. It serves as a prerequisite for many of Alpine Ascents’ intermediate-level climbs and is a stepping stone to more technically difficult mountains, including Denali. This course has served as a springboard to many climbing careers, including numerous Everest summiters, and has developed a foundation of skills for hundreds of independent climbers.

This course will be led by two of our accomplished female guides and open to women only.

For complete course information, please refer to our Cascades 6-Day page.

Prices and Dates

PRICE

$1,400.00 (includes transportation)

2020 SCHEDULE

August 16 – 21 REGISTER

INTRO TO ROCK CLIMBING - THIS ONE'S FOR THE LADIES

Our five day rock climbing course is designed for beginner and intermediate climbers; this is a great course for a budding outdoor climber or an avid gym climber looking to take their skills outside. Due to the small group sizes, the guides are often able to structure the course to meet the needs of each individual climber, while placing a premium of safety and safe climbing practices. Our locations are chosen with minimal approach time which will maximize our time climbing and developing skills. Although the days are long, our graduates often find this to be a very enjoyable course; a refreshing change of pace from our demanding glaciated climbs.

Students who complete the five day training course should walk away with a firm understanding of the basics of rock climbing including the ability to tie knots, belay and rappel safely. Most of our students learn about the materials and equipment used in rock climbing, are confident in setting up their own top-rope anchors, understand the mechanics of lead climbing, improve their risk assessment, practice basic rescue systems, and enhanced movement skills. Although not the focus of this course, we usually attempt at least one multi-pitch climb to familiarize students with longer climbs.

This course will be led by two of our accomplished female guides and open to women only.

For complete course information, please refer to our Intro to Rock Climbing page.

Price and Dates

PRICE

$1,000.00

2020 SCHEDULE

September 18 – 22 REGISTER

Private Climbs

Do you have a group of female friends you would like to climb with? You’re in luck!

We regularly offer private climbs and courses for small groups. Please contact us for details as we can usually accommodate your schedule and group needs. Additionally, we can set you up with a female guide if given sufficient notice.

 

This is a highly recommended shortlist of titles to inspire, motivate, and educate.  We would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books

I also wanted to say that Kirah and Brien are wonderful, professional guides. They gave me great encouragement to keep me going, I had to descend on an Brand X rope, and the difference in guide quality was unbelievable; Alpine Ascents clearly has the best guides in the business.

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