The female shredders you see pulling off big lines in the mountains do so only with serious experience & knowledge. In fact, these two vital elements are essential for backcountry play. How do you get them? Well, I had to find out myself. So I booked a spot in the SheJumps Alpine Finishing School. Sorry dudes, ladies only!
This SheJumps trip–based out of the Selkirk Lodge in a jaw-dropping setting– “provides top-level technical ski and snowboard mountaineering skills with an emphasis on team building, group dynamics, and the importance of sharing knowledge and practicing skills…” And I can confirm that it went above and beyond their set mission. I walked away with so much more than just experience and knowledge: I also made incredible friends, boosted my confidence, and banked some great memories!
Each day was an adventure—a trial and a triumph for all of us. There is something pretty special about fourteen ladies summiting glaciers, learning crevasse rescue, practicing avalanche scenarios, and lending high fives and encouraging words all the while. Not to mention the dance parties…
If you’re looking to dig into the outdoor lifestyle, check out SheJumps.org. They host rad events geared towards growing a strong foundation of female participation in the outdoor sports community. If it’s your first time exploring the great outdoors, you’re looking for like-minded adveturistas, or you just want to polish your personal skill set, check them out.
As an added bonus, Kate’s Real Food sponsored the trip! Every morning our daily lunch pack consisted of Kate’s bars—the ladies loved ‘em! They kept us fueled on long skins and were a welcome treat when we summited. Thank you for sharing your delicious bars!
Keep an eye out this fall for Pretty Faces, featuring footage from the Alpine Finishing School.
You can check out more of Abby’s stunning photography at abbydellphotography.com.