photos | instructors | history | learn moresupport | apply 

Explore the Rocky Mountains

Are you curious to know what forces shape our mountains? Do you want to understand how tiny plants can thrive under the harsh conditions found at high elevations? Have you always wanted to climb a real summit in the Rocky Mountains? Girls on Rock will take you into Colorado’s breath-taking Gore Range to explore towering rock walls, deep-blue lakes, and lush alpine meadows in the heart of the Rockies. With the support and guidance of ecologists, geologists, and a professional mountain guide, the Gore Range offers a unique place to develop scientific and outdoor leadership skills and answer some of these questions.


(subject to change)

  • Day 1-2: Meet the team in Boulder, CO and learn about traveling and camping in the mountains.
  • Day 3: Drive to trailhead and hike in to the Gore Range to establish the base camp.
  • Day 4-9: Explore the Gore Range surrounding the base camp while gaining essential mountaineering and climbing skills and working on science projects.
  • Day 10: Hike out and travel back.
  • Day 11: Wrap up science experiments and present results in short presentations.
  • Day 12: Final reflection activities and travel home.


The creation of Girls on Rock began in 2014 by Evelyn Cheng and Megan Blanchard, who had met and became friends in graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder. Having been inspired by the original Inspiring Girls Expedition, Girls on Ice, they knew they wanted to create a similar expedition centered around climbing in the Rocky Mountains. The Girls on Rock team has now blossomed to include Chris Carr, Lyra Pierotti, and Mylene Jacquemart, and we are ecstatic to say that we’re ready to launch this summer! Thanks to the support of the Inspiring Girls Expeditions organization, an amazing team of motivated women scientists and alpinists, and the generous support of our sponsors, Girls on Rock will become the latest expedition to be included in Inspiring Girls Expeditions.

Support Girls on rock

Click below to learn how to make a tax-deducible monetary or in-kind donation!


Our Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially the REI Force of Nature Fund for its commitment to connecting girls to the outdoors, Mammut for providing the gear necessary for a successful summit, and the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Alaska Fairbanks for their continued support. We would also like to sincerely thank Butora, CLIF Bars, Darn Tough Socks, SeaToSummit, and The Boulder Rock Club for their generous donations!



You must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2018.

We accept applications from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and countries not identified as high income economies here. We give strong preference to applicants currently living in the U.S., regardless of their citizenship. While we accept international applications, we rarely select more than one applicant living outside the U.S. on any expedition. We especially encourage girls who live in the Rocky Mountain states (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona) to apply!

Learn more about applying here and click below to start the application process.