I learned how to climb the way many women do- their boyfriend showed them how. But like a lot of those same women, my passion for climbing grew above and beyond that initial relationship and I realized this was something that I truly cared about. I also unfortunately realized that as with many physical sports, the climbing world (especially in alpine/mountaineering) is still primarily male-dominated. I’ve been so inspired by all of the female climbers and alpinists I’ve encountered lately, especially those who have been actively trying to get more women outside. There are numerous Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, independent media, and apparel companies geared towards women who climb, emboldening them to get out, meet up, and form a community. The one thing I feel is missing is a uniting forum for all of these mediums where women can seek out mentors, partners, gear advice, route beta, and events in their area. The goal of AlpenglowCollective is to provide a space to amass all of our resources and to go a step beyond. There will be many facets of AlpenglowCollective, but the one I am most excited about is the “Mentors/Partners” page. This tool will be focused on finding women in your area who want to get out and climb, regardless of age or experience. Your profile will provide your climbing level, where you are looking to climb, and your goals and aspirations. For example – “I have been climbing for a year and a half, I am passionate about trad and alpine, I want to learn more about crevasse rescue and building complex trad anchors.” This way, you can easily pair up with people who you want to learn more from, who could benefit from your knowledge, or who have similar goals. Climbing with women is a refreshingly different experience - I feel encouraged, comfortable, and driven in a unique way that pushes me to try my hardest. I hope that Alpenglow Collective can create a climbing community for women who want to improve their skills, plan trips, and just hang out with other ladies who are passionate about the same things that they are.
Member count: 11-50
Founded date: 2016