Caroline Gleich

Caroline Gleich

Caroline Gleich, Professional Ski Mountaineer and Adventurer

“You explore it, go into the nooks and crannies and deepen your relationship with it. I’m not immune to fear and I don’t ever ignore it. I accept it and listen to what it’s telling me. It’s there for a reason.”

“I didn’t feel that the Wasatch backcountry community was very welcoming to me. There were a lot of times when I would ask to go out with certain people or parties and they would tell me I couldn’t come because the objective was too gnarly—it was a boys day. I wouldn’t be able to do it. Very few people invited me to do these objectives with them. I had to learn to lead my own party and recruit my own partners. And I think that’s one of the biggest hurdles women face in the outdoors, they are not invited in. They have to force their inclusion to these sports and these cultures.”

“I wanted to be able to put [these routes] up for myself. There is a big difference between someone who can get themselves to a rappel vs. someone who can build the anchor, throw the rope, get everything in place, lead the ice pitches and bring up seconds. And so my goal was to get to the point where I could lead it all. The ice climbing was one of the skills I really had to work on. It took me a while to get comfortable to the point where I could lead with skis on my back.”

Adventure Journal, Photo via Conscious Connection

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