Are AWE trips only for women?
Many of our expeditions are all-female, but there are some co-ed teams as well. If a trip is open to men, it’ll be highlighted on the trip description.
I am not a pro athlete… will I be able to keep up?
Yes, absolutely! That is, if you are in good cardio shape and willing to put in the work to train for our climb. AWE climbs are not speed missions - on the contrary, they emphasize gradual acclimatization and a sustainable pace to maximize enjoyment.
I am a (semi-)pro athlete… will I get bored with the pace?
Hopefully not! Even though we believe in a conservative pace in the mountains, the daily workload tends to be sizable. And on days where there is extra room in the schedule (say, for example, during some segments on Kilimanjaro) there are opportunities for extra credit afternoon activities to tire you out.
Sunny, as the founder of AWExpeditions - are you an AMGA/IFMGA certified mountain guide?
No.* I have years of experience on the mountains that I offer trips on, and a keen sense of risk management and expedition strategies. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder, an AIARE Level II Avalanche Professional, and I was trained as an Outdoor Leader by the Harvard First Year Outdoor Program. In addition, for any AWE climb that requires roping up (or where local regulations stipulate the presence of a licensed guide) we will be accompanied by a tightly vetted certified guide.
*I take guiding responsibilities and standards very seriously and am a professional member of the American Mountain Guide Association though I have not pursued AMGA certifications to-date.
What gear do I need to participate in an AWE trip?
Most of our climbs require standard personal mountaineering gear (i.e., mountaineering boots, warm technical layers, a warm sleeping bag etc). Tents and group equipment are provided. We provide a detailed gear list for each climb after you sign up, and are always happy to help with gear recommendations as well. Mountaineering gear is expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you need to break the bank: many items - including mountaineering boots and ultra-warm down items - can be rented on location. Have a specific gear question? Get in touch.
Do you guide other mountains than the destinations listed on this page?
Not currently, but we’re always working on adding new peaks - from Ecuador’s Volcanoes to exploratory ascents in the Himalayas. Subscribe to AWE’s mailing list to stay in the loop!
How about private trips?
On occasion. If you are interested in a custom/private itinerary, let’s talk.