Alabama Hills Intro to Climbing – October 7-10, 2021

Rock climbing outdoors is an amazing experience! You think you want to try it? Or you’ve already been a few times, tagging along with more experienced partners, but you aren’t confident about your own skills? Outdoor Sport Climbing 101 will help you develop the skills needed to start sport climbing outdoors.

We will be staying at the Alabama Hills, a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. This will be a weekend full of adventure in this amazing area! Climbing, camping, yoga, hiking and time spent with a group of amazing women! 

Day 1 - Welcome to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas  

Arrive in Lone Pine, CA and make your way to Tuttle Creek Campgrounds. This campsite offers stunning views of Mount Whitney, Lone Pine Peak, and Mount Langley. This high desert scenery will have you wanting to explore as soon as you arrive! 

Snacks around the campfire will be ready for you! This will be an evening to settle in, relax, and get to know everyone. 

Day 2 - Climbing! 

We will wake up bright and early and head to a local climbing crag with Whitney Base Camp & Climbing School. This woman owned business has an amazing team that has climbed and travelled all over the world, but love being in the Eastern Sierra. They enjoy nothing more than to introduce a new generation of climbers and hikers to this picturesque area and teaching students how to climb safely and recreate responsibly.  

This class is perfect for the beginner climber or those interested in getting to know the area. Never climbed before? Don't worry! This class has you covered. All gear is included for this day, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have it. 

Snacks and lunch will be provided to help keep your energy up throughout the day! 

After a day of climbing, you might want to spend the evening relaxing by the campsite OR you might feel inspired to explore the area more and head out for a short hike! The choice is yours! 

Dinner over an open fire will be provided that night, but make sure to leave room for s'mores!  

Day 3 - Morning yoga and restoration project

There's nothing more amazing than waking up to early morning yoga at the base of Mount Whitney! Again, no experience needed as an instructor will be guiding us through a session. 

We will then grab a light breakfast, grab snacks and pack a lunch and head out to work on a restoration project in Alabama Hills in coordination with BLM (Bureau of Land Management). This land is sacred to many people and we feel it's our responsibility to give back to the land that gives so much to us. 

We will have an open fire dinner followed by a glow in the dark Bocce Ball competition! There will be prizes! 

Day 4 - Breakfast, free morning and goodbyes!

After an early morning yesterday, you'll be happy to have a leisurely morning sipping coffee, eating breakfast and packing up. We can recommendations on hikes and other local adventures in the area. Check out of the campsite is at 11am. 

Inclusions:

- 4 Days/3 nights at Tuttle Creek Campground. See below in Exclusions if you're unable to provide your own camping gear. 

- All cooking gear and utensils

- Seating for around the fire, firewood and propane fire pit. 

- Climbing guides and all gear necessary for climbing. 

- Guided morning yoga

- Fresh brewed coffee and hot tea 

- All meals provided; Thursday night snacks through Sunday breakfast

- Professional photographer capturing all the fun!

Exclusions:

- Transportation to, from and around Lone Pine/Alabama Hills, CA. 

- Personal camping gear (Extra tents may be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please reach out to ask about availability.

- Alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, specialty beverages

Travelers Insurance

Meals: All meals will be provided. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let Lindsey know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: $850 per person  

Discount: A discount of $50 is available if you are Covid-19 vaccinated. In order to receive the discount code, you must provide proof of vaccination prior to registration. You will be randomly paired with another participant if you elect this option. Please reach out to lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com to request a discount code prior to booking.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of this trip, payment is non-refundable at the time of purchase. If you can no longer attend, you are able to transfer your ticket to another guest. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds. Please get in touch with the Women Who Explore to discuss the transfer of your ticket. We may be able to assist if there is a wait list. 

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.


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Meet Your Trip Leader - Social Media Guru for Women Who Explore - Melissa 

Melissa is the Women Who Explore Social Media Guru, professional photographer and amateur filmmaker based out of Arizona. Her passion for exploring didn’t really begin until her 30s, but now it shows no sign of slowing down! Hiking is her first love, and she also enjoys climbing and mountain biking. Finding WWE and connecting to like-minded women from all walks of life has been truly transformational for her. Melissa's motto is “Do all the things!” If I have the time and resources, I’ll try anything at least once!

Meet Your Climbing Guide - Amy

Amy is the founder of Whitney Base Camp & Climbing School. She has been dubbed by John Long as “the high priestess of the High Sierra” and strives to live up to the title. Living in the area for more than a decade, Amy has spent thousands of hours exploring all the hidden gems the area has to offer.