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 new 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.
$1,627.00 (includes transportation, breakfast and dinner)
August 4 – 6 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.
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
$1,350.00 (includes transportation)
June 30 – July 5 REGISTER
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.
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Yes, I enjoyed my expedition very much. Great itinerary with lots of mountains to climb. All skills review sessions were good, thorough, guides were patient, explained things clearly, etc. Good progression of mountains