Who Can Apply

Girls entering 10th & 11th grade who want to backpack in the high Sierra and have an interest in developing life and leadership skills.


On our 12-day overnight course, explore your ability to lead others while being mentored by GirlVentures’ instructors. Learn the basics of group management, discuss and try different leadership styles, and practice your teaching skills by delivering lessons. This course is for girls who are looking to build on their backcountry living and interpersonal skills.

Alumnae from this course can apply to become Assistant Instructors for GirlVentures and/or join our Girls Advisory Board.

See full Course Description here. 

On the Rise Dates

July 27 – August 7, 2017

See a sample expedition plan here


To ensure that ALL girls have the opportunity to participate in our programs, we award financial aid to two-thirds of all participants. Full and partial awards available. Financial Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be redirected to the Financial Aid application after applying.

Please review our Payment Policy before applying.