Lead DAREfully – For Women Ready to Take Climbing and Life to New Heights

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What do you do when fear creeps in? Where might the adventure of life lead you if you didn’t jump off the train at the first sign of trouble?
This 3-month women’s lead climbing workshop is an exciting blend of inner and outer adventures. We crafted this for women looking to grow both their technical skills as a climber AND their ability to navigate the inevitable mental/emotional/spiritual challenges that arise when we’re out there living a more DAREful life.


A 100 Day Journey on the Sharp End


Climbing Workshops & Gym Membership

Climbing workshops will take place Thursday evenings from 5-8pm June 22nd– September 23rd at the Mission Valley Mesa Rim. The first 2 sessions will focus on foundational climbing/belay techniques and a shared sense of community within the group. The following 10 sessions will focus on a progressive curriculum that teach the basics of lead climbing and beyond as skills develop throughout the summer. This program will also include a gym membership so that you can come and climb often in between classes.


1:1 Coaching Calls

These 6, one-hour phone calls are uniquely designed to support you in working through the challenges that inevitably arise as you experiment with being out on the sharp end of the rope, both in the gym and in other areas of life as well. The coaching work is designed to support you in tapping the wellspring of wisdom and strength within your own heart and body. We actively work together to remove barriers blocking you from trusting and taking action on this intuitive knowing, as well as cultivating practical tools for relating to yourself and your challenges more effectively.


Joshua Tree Climbing & Yoga Retreat

This trip is currently scheduled for September 22-24, 2017, in Joshua Tree. We’ll celebrate all that we’ve learned together during our 3-month series with a playful, adventure filled weekend of climbing in Mother Nature’s gym. Stone Adventure guides will facilitate the climbing portion of this weekend and True North Adventures will provide the rest. Sunrise yoga, organic, love-infused meals and heart-centered workshops designed to assist you in taking your experience to the next level. Click here to view a video of a previous retreat geared towards beginning climbers.

Jen Whalen | Founder, True North Adventures

Meet Kat & Jen

Jen has worked with hundreds of people as an experiential educator and has developed a loving, intentional style that supports and inspires people to fully engage their own adventure. She has a MA in Spiritual Psychology and has received extensive training in outdoor education through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Jen will co-facilitate this journey with True North Adventures rockstar Kat Heldman. En route to climb the Himalayan peak, Gangchenpo, Kat and her mountaineering team were caught in the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake and avalanche. Surviving, after being trapped for days just above the buried village of Lang Tang, she returned home and has worked tirelessly since with the Lang Tang Management and Reconstruction group. Her harrowing story of rescue is featured in, Nightmare on Everest a BBC documentary about the Nepal earthquake.




Invest in the Adventure of Your Life

The Lead DAREfully adventure is $2500 and must be paid in full by July 1st, 2017. As always, payment plans are available and coaching people in creative resourcefulness is one of my favorite topics. Please feel free to set up a call to explore this in more detail. It will be a gift to you regardless of whether you decide to join us on the adventure.

10% of the proceeds from this program will go to support rebuilding efforts in the Lang Tang Valley in Nepal.

Jen Whalen | Founder, True North Adventures

Curious to learn more?

Please fill out the form below so we can connect and explore this possibility together. This is a totally free, no strings attached opportunity for you to experience a taste of Inner Expedition coaching work as we support you in getting really clear about whether this adventure is a great fit for you at this time.

Curious to learn more?

Please fill out the form below so we can connect and explore this possibility together. This is a totally free, no strings attached opportunity for you to experience a taste of Inner Expedition coaching work as we support you in getting really clear about whether this adventure is a great fit for you at this time.