Laura, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2008

"This last summer (summer of 2008) I went on a life-changing journey called Girls on Ice. The Girls on Ice program was an inspirational and eye-opening experience that my 16 year old self was lucky to be a part of! From mountaineering and glaciology to self endurance and team work, the lessons I learned and the memories I have made are unforgettable. I not only learned how to walk on glaciers, rescue myself from crevasses, climb on ice with crampons, and summit a mountain but I also learned how far I could push myself in different and extreme situations. The leaders of the program were perfectly fit for their roles and inspired me to push myself and follow my dreams. I not only ended the program with a head full of knowledge and experience but with 8 new friendships!!! Whenever I am asked about this program I have nothing but remarkable comments and memories to share with them!"

Laura, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2008

Kelsi, Girls on Ice, 2002

"If there ever is an experience that I shall remember, it will be Girls On Ice. Growing up with two mountaineers for parents, I had become familiar with the North Cascades through camping and hiking trips with my family, but never had I gotten a chance to get quite as intimate with the rugged and often misunderstood landscape of those mountains as with Girls On Ice."

Kelsi , Girls on Ice, 2002

Lauren, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2001

"Girls on Ice was the experience that I always reference as my first exposure to real science and the spark for my interest in field work. Being able to work among a supportive and inspirational group of women was the most wonderful experience and still motivates me to this day! GOI gave me the confidence and inspired me to seek out so many field research opportunities and allowed me to live a life that my colleagues could only dream about…and it was probably one of the most fun weeks of my life!"

Lauren, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2001

Annie, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2006

"I gained an extraordinary amount from Girls on Ice. Not many people my age can say that they climbed on a glacier (or experimented on it!), but I can. I learned so much about Mt. Baker and I gained a lot of confidence along the way. Those eight day also began a journey to better health for me. They were pretty physically challenging at times, which helped me quickly develop some physical perseverance. Participating in GOI was the first time that I ever really voluntarily stepped out of my comfort level. The entire experience just helped me gain more confidence. It’s difficult to pinpoint certain things that it changed in me. I can just say that I grew tremendously." 

Annie, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2006

Anny, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2011

"Being a part of Girls on Ice enabled me to develop a curiosity in the geosciences, an ability to communicate science, as well as confidence in working outdoors. Because of Girls on Ice, I went into college knowing that I wanted to pursue the geosciences and have subsequently continued on to seek out further research opportunities."

Anny, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2011

Jasmin, Girls on Ice Alaska, 2015

"I had chosen to attend GOI because I was looking for something different and I found it. GOI was nothing I expected but everything I could have wanted; it provided the exact environment I needed to begin to question how I wanted to live my life, what impact I wanted to have on the people around me, and how I would go about doing that. The guidance I gained in those short two weeks has stayed with me in a way I believe has shifted the direction of my life.
Girls On Ice inspired me and for that I will be forever grateful."

Jasmin, Girls on Ice Alaska, 2015

Angelica, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2009

"Girls on Ice was one of the most amazing experiences I have EVER participated in. I learned to challenge myself and really push my limits in accomplishing what seemed to be impossible. One of my most memorable times of the trip was when I reached the summit! Sharing time with everyone on the glacier was a sublime experience that made me more aware of how beautiful nature is and how we need to preserve it! I wouldn’t trade my time I spend with GOI for anything in the world!"

Angelica, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2009

Heidy, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2009

"Overall this was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. I learned so much about climate and the nature around me and also about the people around me. Never in my life would I think I’d be on a glacier and on a mountain especially coming from a city where there are no trees and no vegetation. I learned so much about myself and I felt like I gained so much from this!! I’m more confident and more of a leader."

Heidy, Girls on Ice Cascades, 2009