How it all started...
It all began at a survival weekend. Julia was chatting with a participant & she told her that she would love to go to the mountains but doesn’t know any other hiking enthusiasts. She simply didn’t know how to start and with whom! In the following weeks Julia also heard from women that had recently moved to Switzerland with similar issues. Another women told her that her family and friends do not share the same interests, and she doesn’t know how to find the right people. Some were overwhelmed with planning hikes or hiking by themselves. Julia did a quick research & realized there was no community for female outdoor enthusiasts in Switzerland yet – but other countries already had a lot of similar & popular initiatives. Meet Swissmountaingirls!
Our community invites women from all different parts of Switzerland and gives them a platform where they can connect more easily to other outdoor enthusiasts. Who knows, we might live close by each other already. We regularly organize hikes where everyone can come along.
Connect – meet new people
Our platform invites women from all different parts of Switzerland and gives them a platform where they can connect more easily with other women. We regularly organize hikes where everyone can come along!
Inspire – pure inspiration
We want to inspire women to go out and experience the beauty of the Swiss alps and the manifold activities in the mountains! We repost content of other women from Switzerland and may start to post recommended activities on our own.
Empower – share knowledge
We want to share our knowledge and resources that we find to get women with zero knowledge about hiking started. Furthermore we want to focus on offering women only guided activities (with external professionals) in the future!
Meet the team
Julia has founded Swissmountaingirls in July 2018. She is passionate about the outdoors, photography and loves to connect people. She is based in Zurich and is responsible for the Instagram & Facebook accounts, the website and the admin things. She also enjoys hosting hikes to see how her vision turns into reality!
Katerina, living in Zürich during the week and exploring Switzerland during the weekend. Her favorite season is the one without rain and bad weather. Although with the right equipment there’s no bad weather. Katerina is hosting summer and winter activities and she believes that every girl is a born hiker, you just need to step out of your comfort zone and start.
After leaving big city life behind and moving from London to Zürich, Ariane rediscovered her love and passion for all things outdoors. Discovering that one could spend time in the mountains as a young family was a great revelation. She wants to encourage families and women to see for themselves that nature is for everyone.
Tina has been with us since the beginning of 2021 and supports Julia in strategic business development, community work and graphic work. She is a mountaineer herself and always active outdoors, whether in winter or summer. She also organizes hikes for Swissmountaingirls.