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About Us

AK Mountain Women is an all-female ski mountaineering organization that loves backcountry skiing, climbing, and ski mountaineering in Alaska.


The goal of the group was to cultivate a strong community of women dedicated to challenging and educating ourselves and others about glacial mountaineering and big remote mountains.


We started as a group of friends with two big things in common- we were all women and we were all deeply in love with the big glaciated peaks of Alaska.


As we started to grow- the need for a women-run mountaineering school became more and more apparent. We progressed from going on personal trips together to now sharing our skills and love for the mountains with other women in entry-level mountaineering courses.

"Going on an expedition with this incredible group of women was one of the most empowering things I've ever had the opportunity to do. These women easily acknowledged my strengths and how I could contribute to the group instead of focusing on my weaknesses. On a trip where I doubted what I had to offer, it made me feel like an important and vital member, rather than a burden. I felt strong, safe, loved, and most of all grateful to be taught by the most humble women I've had the pleasure to meet."

-Ashley Klassen

Wrangell-St.Elias Expedition

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