About us

She Moves mountains came about when Carey deVictoria-Michel and Lizzy VanPatten launched clinics at Smith Rock State Park with great support from Chockstone Climbing Guides and Jim Ablao in 2016. We found the experience to be overwhelmingly positive and decided to move forward as She Moves Mountains. We are continuing clinics and opportunities for women to get together, climb, and learn.

Contact us with questions or inquiries at info@shemovesmountains.org


Lizzy vanpatten

My name is Lizzy VanPatten. I am a 27 year-old from Marysville, Washington - climbing, guiding, and playing music at different climbing areas throughout the world. 

In October of 2014, after graduating with degrees in Mathematics and Political Science from Western Washington University, I set off on a solo mission to South America with one plan - to explore Patagonia. For months I lived in the mountains, disconnected from comforts, wifi, a bed and everyone I knew. After living out of a backpack for 6 months and being more joyful than I have ever been I quickly realized that my world would never be the same again. 

Since my first trip to South America nearly everything about how I choose to live my life has changed. I sold the majority of my belongings and moved into my van, traveling with the seasons to explore different climbing areas. I have since returned to Patagonia, explored the Bugaboos, summited peaks in the North Cascades, adventured in the Utah desert, guided clinics at Smith Rock, and scared myself on the big walls of Yosemite. 

In recent years I began guiding in hopes of showing people, especially women, how powerful they are. 

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder

Recipient of the Guide Like Liz Scholarship from the American Alpine Institute in honor of the incredible Liz Daley


Sitting atop Sons of Yesterday and Serenity Crack in Yosemite last fall. 

Sitting atop Sons of Yesterday and Serenity Crack in Yosemite last fall. 

CArey devictoria-michel

My name is Carey deVictoria-Michel, and I am a 27 year old who grew up around lakes and later learned to love steep rock very deeply. I grew up in Minnesota and left for the West to study at Seattle University and earn a BA in Environmental Studies. After working in non-profit and urban sustainability, I moved to small-town Oregon to expand my horizons. Quickly, I fell for rock climbing on the tuff at Smith Rock State Park.  

In a few years, I defined my plans around climbing and traveling and ventured off to Thailand, Laos, Spain, Mexico and Cuba for beautiful sport lines. Then, I took to trad climbing and explored rock in Squamish, Index, Yosemite, Bishop, and of course, the cracks around Oregon. Beyond living to climb, I learned to travel light, simple and with a few less luxuries. With more time spent appreciating the outdoors, I have taken more time to make art and paint.

I knew early on in my climbing that I wanted to guide and share my stoke through instructing outdoors. After becoming a part of the guiding community, I saw the need for more opportunities for women to climb together, learn together, and teach together.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder