This report combines some of the findings from two PhD studies which explored the experiences of women who climb and mountaineer. My research concentrates on recreational participants (rock, ice, mixed, high-altitude climbers) and Dr Jenny Hall’s research explores the experiences of professional female mountain leaders and guides in the UK.
The report provides findings that are pertinent to organisations such as Mountain Training, the British Mountaineering Council, providers of climbing and mountaineering experiences and training, and the wider public and private climbing and mountaineering community.
The report offers insights concerning inequalities in mountain leadership and wider participation. Specifically, it presents the constraints on women’s participation and leadership in climbing and mountaineering, the strategies women use to negotiate these constraints and the benefits they gain from participation. It concludes with a series of recommendations for development and research.