“It’s much easier to be something when you see a path put down by women before you.” – Hilaree Nelson
Through the years of being in the mountains and seeing very few other girls her age, Lucy has developed a passion to help create new ways for more young women to have access, training, and financial support to pursue adventures in the outdoors. Mountaineering is a sport dominated by men – not because girls and women are not capable of achieving the same goals and dreams – there just hasn’t been a clear pathway. Lucy has experienced the hardships of this reality and she is dedicated to breaking down the barriers of entry into the big mountain realm for young women to help close the gender gap one mountain at a time.
In 2022, Lucy received a Billie Jean King Foundation Youth Leadership Award as seed money to begin an annual scholarship through AWE Summit Scholarship Foundation awarding young women, ages 14-19, a multi-day trip to learn mountaineering skills and summit a high-altitude mountain. This skills academy and climb will provide teenage girls with little or no prior experience the opportunity to gain the skills needed for mountaineering from an all-women led team, including Lucy herself.