This year The North Face launched their #SheMovesMountains campaign, an inspiring initiative looking to change the face of exploring. There’s no better influence than a role model with whom we can identify. The movement shines a light on powerful female athletes from all over the globe whose adventures are building the foundation for a new generation of explorers.
From the smoldering volcanoes of Kamchatka to jagged Bolivian peaks, Hilaree is first and foremost a ski mountaineer, but also an insatiable explorer. Named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2018, she travels the world in search of new trails and summits to discover, climb, and ski.
The North Face gear: Hilaree’s picks
Summit L3 Down Hoodie
Ambition Mid Rise Tights
Summit L4 Proprius Softshell Pant
Cinder Pack 55L
A climbing enthusiast, Ashima is a prodigy who collects exploits like others do coins. She’d already climbed her first V11 at age 11. Today at all of 16 years old she’s considered one of the best in her discipline. Her agility on the boulders is impressive, and she can’t seem to stop breaking records: first female – and youngest person – to climb a V15; 2x youth lead climbing world champion, 2x youth bouldering world champion, and more. Keep your eye on her, because she’s just getting started.
The North Face Gear: Ashima’s Picks
1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
Mini Crevase 14.5L
Margo started off as a gymnast, but an injury turned her to her current passion: climbing. When she’s not scaling slopes, she’s ascending podiums, with an impressive collection of international victories. She stands out among female climbers and has proven she can hang with the best of male climbers as well. In her trophy case, you’ll find La Rambla (5.15a), Bad Girls Club (5.14d) and The Crew (5.14c).
The North Face Gear: Margo’s Picks
Campshire Pullover Hoodie
Motivation High Rise Tights
Tiera Fletcher grasped early on that the concept of exploring wasn’t limited to our earthly confines, so she threw herself into conquering Mars. Why not? An MIT grad in 2017, she’s making her mark in aerospace engineering, a very much male-dominated field, designing rockets that will send us to the Red Planet – and perhaps beyond.
The North Face Gear: Similar to Tiera’s Picks
Train N Logo Pullover
Progressor Hybrid Tights
At 38 years old, this ultra-marathoner is ruining the record books. Described as ‘A fighter who runs’, in September 2017 she conquered Kilimanjaro, running the ascent and descent in 10 hours and 6 minutes, shattering the previous female mark of 12 hours 58. She’s also the first woman to ascend (22 hours 52 minutes) and descend (14 hours 53 minutes) the Aconcagua, the highest summit in the Americas at 6989 meters.
The North Face Gear: Fernanda’s Picks
Base Camp Duffel M
Know other inspiring women? The North Face invites everyone to share their stories using the #SheMovesMountains tag on social channels.