women are significantly underrepresented in the guiding industry. We want to change that. by teaching women-specific rock climbing clinics and creating more mentorship opportunities we hope to increase the number of confident female rock climbers and guides.
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
This year, we’re bringing on Jenny Abegg to head up our multi-pitch program. Jenny is an experienced rock climber and loves nothing more than a good multi-pitch climb. A few of her favorites include Chiaro di Luna in Patagonia, All Along the Watchtower in the Bugaboos, and Skywalker in Squamish (mostly because there’s a swimming hole at the top). Jenny is also a certified multi-pitch guide and instructor, and has spent the last two summers guiding clients up the iconic Devils Tower in Wyoming. More than anything, she’s psyched to empower women to be self-sufficient enough to get on climbs without a guide or a guy—with just their own savvy skills—and feel strong and confident as a result.
Certifications: PCGI Lead Guide, Wilderness First Responder
If there is such a thing as an organized, reliable, and well-groomed dirtbag, Sarah is just that. After graduating from The Evergreen State College in 2013 with a degree in Sociology, she has been living out of trucks and closets, successfully managing to spend most of her days out sport climbing. On her quest to taste as much quality North American rock as possible, she has discovered a deeper passion to create a positive and supportive space for new climbers to push their physical and emotional limits. She gains her inspiration from the eager, playful, and hungry women who energize the clinics she teaches. Sarah hopes to build a collective confidence among women in the outdoors through education, mentorship and solid good times.