Awesome. Adventurous. AWE-inspiring.
AWE organizes mountaineering and remote adventures for women, by women.
Our Mission Statement
AWE decreases barriers of entry to mountaineering for women from all walks of life. Here’s how we do that:
• We provide a platform for women to make forays into the world of mountaineering in an all-women or mostly-women environment [see our trips]
• We tell and amplify the stories of women in the high mountains and remote backcountry to provide powerful role models for women with an interest in pushing their boundaries in the outdoors [find us on Instagram]
• We offer all- or mostly-women skill-building trips and workshops as stepping stones into the big mountain realm [participate in one of our basecamp clinics]
• We provide funding for women to participate in extraordinary mountaineering expeditions, skill-building trips and stepping stone experiences [read more about the Summit Scholarship program]
***about the name… AWE is short for Awe-inspiring Women’s Expeditions and is pronounced /ô/, just like ‘awe’
Why Women’s Climbs?
“When we go out and try hard on big adventures, we walk away stronger and with a more refined sense of self than we had before. And it’s these kind of experiences that transcend boundaries; they carry over from the mountains to the cubicle and eventually to the boardroom.
I firmly believe that women who get to experience and embrace adventure sports are poised to develop a higher level of self-confidence, that they’re more likely to challenge the status quo and be strong leaders and female role models for their communities.”
Sunny Stroeer, Founder of AWExpeditions
WHAT OUR CLIMBERS SAY ABOUT AWE
“Trips with AWE are extremely well planned, organized, and executed (Founder Sunny Stroeer does have an MBA from Harvard after all!). Plus, she is patient, kind and fun as hell! A top notch mountain woman whose judgement and skills I trust 110%!”
— ELIZABETH “LIBBY” SAUTER, PROFESSIONAL CLIMBER
“Sunny Stroeer is a fantastic guide. I had the best time climbing with her on Aconcagua. She does a great job carefully selecting a team that meshes well, and she provides just the right amount of expertise and the right style for each person to thrive.”
— KARIN HOLLERBACH, ACONCAGUA 360 ROUTE, 2019
“I have gone on two expeditions with AWE and both were fantastic. Sunny encouraged and challenged us throughout the trek, and has a high level of awareness and flexibility that made our trip safe and successful even when obstacles came up. ”
— KRISTIN FORGRAVE, ACONCAGUA, 2018 & 2019