Why are we offering climbs and programs for women only?
At Alpine Ascents International we want to see more women (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who identify with the women’s community out in the mountains. We know from experience that there’s something uniquely special about an affinity expedition. Whether it’s the camaraderie, 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-women’s 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 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.
I loved every second of the experience. I am very thankful for the women specific focus of the trip – this was one of the best features of the trip. I found the group to be a source of support and inspiration and I would definitely recommend this to other women. –2020 Climber
Alpine Ascents International X Trail Mixed
Alpine Ascents International is thrilled to work with Trail Mixed to provide summit climbs and courses for women of color (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who self-identify with the women’s community.
Trail Mixed is dedicated to increasing access to outdoor sports for women of color. They believe that approaching new outdoor sports and later, advancing at them, relies on a few things: inspiration from people they can relate to, access to education and gear, safe community spaces, and motivation and guidance from mentors who care.
Alpine Ascents International x SheJumps
Alpine Ascents International is excited to team up with SheJumps to provide summit climbs and courses for women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who self-identify with the women’s community.
SheJumps increases the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities. Partnering with nature, SheJumps creates safe, educational outdoor experiences for girls and women that nurture growth and transformation. They believe in increasing diversity in the outdoors and providing ALL women and girls with the spark that will lead to a lifetime of outdoor learning and empowerment. SheJumps is an inclusive organization and welcomes all women and girls—transgender and cisgender, as well as non-binary people.
“We seek to plant the idea that it is possible to live an adventurous and inspiring lifestyle, no matter who you are or where you come from.”
– Claire Smallwood, SheJumps Executive Director
Winter 2023 – 24
SheJumps AIARE 1 Course
January 6 – 7, 2024 – Snoqualmie Pass
January 20 – 21, 2024 – Stevens Pass
February 10 – 11, 2024 – Blewett Pass
SheJumps AIARE 2 Course
February 23 – 25, 2024 – Snoqualmie Pass
SheJumps AIARE Rescue Course
December 30, 2023 – Stevens Pass
SheJumps Intro to Backcountry Touring
February 3 – 4, 2024 – Snoqualmie Pass
Summer 2024 Climb/Course dates TBD!
How to Sign Up
After checking program availability on the homepage of your desired climb or course, you can register using the link below.
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 and Dates
$2,930.00 (includes transportation, breakfast and dinner)
July 29 – 31 – SOLD OUT
3-DAY BAKER CLIMB - PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS
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 and Dates
6-DAY MOUNTAINEERING COURSE - THE CLASSIC COURSE
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 risk management 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
$1,700.00 (includes transportation)
July 21 – 26 – 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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Women on Top: Expert Advice for a Mountain Guide
In this webinar, Lead Guide Brook Warren shares honest female-specific climbing advice– covering everything from the complexities from peeing in a harness to finding (and carrying) gear for smaller statures. Though this video will primarily cover glaciated climbing with female anatomy, the information covered is applicable to anyone interested in mountaineering regardless of anatomy or experience.
The talk covers: travel logistics; tips for privacy, hygiene, and comfort; packing tips; training advice; general information on women in the outdoors and community!