WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN CLUB
Cast your mind back to the winter season of 2019/20. The Alps had revelled in early season snow. Skiers and snowboarders thought, yes finally a season filled with pow. But within a few months all of Alps’ ski resorts were closed, in some countries not even ski touring or splitboarding was allowed. The mountains were calling, as always, but we had to leave their calls unanswered.
The tourism industry has suffered greatly through the Covid-19 pandemic. Small companies and individual mountain guides and instructors were left without work in any shape or form. One of those small companies was Women’s Mountain Club. As the resorts shuttered down, so did its programme of courses.
‘Coronavirus put an end to our club almost overnight,’ explains Naoimh. ‘With the resort shutting the fundamental aspect of coming together, which is what we do, came to a halt.’
Fay, Rachel and Naoimh founded Women’s Mountain Club to bring together women of all ages and backgrounds to empower them with skills and confidence to spend more time in the mountains. And by bringing people together, they have been able to create a community of like-minded women who keep coming back, year after year, and bringing other women with them.