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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. We are seeking both Novice program participants and Veteran program participants so please read on if you are interested in applying as either! The way our program works is that for a nominal fee of $15 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 together! Our hope is that those who successfully step onto the top stair of the Manitou Springs Incline at the end of the program will not only have improved fitness and strength but will also feel empowered to maintain regular physical activity and have the courage and confidence to pursue the next challenge that awaits!


If you've never climbed the beautiful but challenging Manitou Incline and would like to do so with a group of supportive women and in a state of improved fitness and strength, this program is for YOU and you will be a NOVICE participant. 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 support from your Incline Veteran AND that you are available to achieve the climb on the chosen date. Some of the training will need to be done on the days and times that work for you - in a setting that is convenient for you. Additionally, 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 who has climbed the Incline successfully before (an 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 join us if you are ready to step up!


NOVICE CLIMBERS: (you've never climbed the Incline): 
Please use the link below to apply after you've confirmed your availability for the two mandatory dates.


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

Important Dates

Applications for both novice and veteran participants are accepted.

Applicants are notified of acceptance into the program

Week of 3/24/24
Training begins and continues through 5/15/24

5/15/2024 at 6:30 PM
Stepping Up Send Off Meeting


Stepping Up to the top of the Incline Day!


Apply Now!

NOVICE CLIMBERS: The applicant pool for Incline Novices for our 2024 program has reached capacity. Thank you for your interest!

VETERAN CLIMBERS: The application pool for Incline Veterans has reached capacity for our 2024 program. Thank you for your interest!

Hear from Past Participants

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"Always wanted to do the incline, but wanted someone to do it with, without feeling like I was holding that person back. Women Stepping Up was just what I needed! I was paired with a veteran who was patient with me and never once made me feel like they were having to wait on me. She encouraged me and supported me through the training weeks and the day of, believing in me all the way to the top."
~Holly - 2023 Novice 



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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