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Women Stepping Up is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women seeking motivation to step up to the challenge of climbing the Manitou Springs Incline to be empowered to do so with support, training, and companionship. Novice program members will be paired with experienced Incline veterans and after eight weeks of progressive physical training and mentoring, participants will successfully climb the 2768 steps of the Incline! Our hope is that those who successfully step onto the top step of the Manitou Springs Incline at the end of the program will not only have improved physical fitness but will have gained the confidence and courage they need to address and begin to manage other life challenges they are facing.


If you've never climbed the beautiful but challenging Manitou Incline, would like to do so, and are dealing with some sort of challenge in your life, this program is for YOU! Requirements are that you commit to spending 8 weeks improving your fitness for the climb as you follow a simple and progressive training plan with guidance and that you are available to achieve the climb on the chosen date. Most of the training is done on the days and times that work for you - in the comfort of your own home PLUS there will be weekly opportunities to hike, climb stairs, and strength train with others in the group during the training period. Coming alongside each novice, is a supportive and encouraging female Incline Veteran who will provide personalized advice as you train and will then be at your side on the day of the Incline ascent. This is a rare opportunity - please read on and join us if you are ready to step up!

If you are a female living in the Colorado Springs area, are new to the Incline, and are interested in taking on this unique physical challenge, please apply to the program as a NOVICE, 
after you have confirmed that you are available for the two mandatory program dates listed below.

If you are an experienced Incline user and are interested in offering support, encouragement and companionship to a beginner, please apply to the program as a
after you have confirmed that you are available for the two mandatory program dates listed below.

Important Dates

2/22/2022 - 3/11/2022
Applications for both novice and veteran participants are accepted.

Applicants are notified of acceptance into the program

Week of 3/28/2022
Training begins!

Stepping Up Send Off Meeting


Stepping Up to the top of the Incline Day!


Apply Now!

NOVICE CLIMBERS:  The application period for our 2022 program has ended

VETERAN CLIMBERS: The application period for our 2022 program has ended.



Please feel free to contact our program administrator at the email listed below or you may fill out the form here. We will get back to you as soon as we can!

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