Organisation Team

Women with Altitude is coordinated by a volunteer group of Mountaineering Ireland members.

Jane Carney 

Jane is a Mountaineering Instructor and Winter Mountain Leader. She has been a provider of all the BOS Awards for 15 years and ran a successful outdoor company, before taking up the post of Training Officer with Mountaineering Ireland. 


Rita has been a regular hillwalker for over twenty years. She has walked extensively in Ireland and in many countries around the world. She is a member of Blayney Ramblers and is club secretary. In the past  she has worked in a voluntary capacity for Mountaineering Ireland and is now a member of the WWA organising committee.


Helen Lawless is in the lucky position of being able to combine her passion for the mountains with her work as Mountaineering Ireland's Hillwalking, Access & Conservation Officer. Helen loves exploring wild and rugged mountains, she is a Mountain Leader Award holder and lives in the Wicklow Mountains close to Lugnaquilla.

Colette Mahon

Colette enjoys exploring mountain areas, scrambling, and climbing of all types. Involved in mountaineering since 1990, she qualified as a Mountain Leader in 1996, is a Mountain Skills Provider, and is SPA trained. Colette is a member of  Bord Oiliúint Sléibhe (BOS), the Irish mountain training board.


Josie McGee

My passions in life are scaling some new mountains and discovering new routes for climbing, and everyday is still a new adventure. I've travelled around the world doing what I love: currently I'm near Dubai working for an outdoor center. Each day I'm either in the water or instructing climbing and much more. I can't wait for my next adventure it's exciting not knowing where I might be or what I might be doing. 

Maeve McKeever

Maeve is from Belfast and is a member of Mountaineering Ireland through the Colmcille Climbing Club, She is a hillwalker and climber and has attended several MI Alpine Meets. Maeve is a member of the organising committee of Women with Altitude, and is has completed the  SPA training.

Ruth Whelan

Ruth was introduced to climbing through the UCD Mountaineering Club and has been addicted ever since. She is also a keen hill walker, exploring various hills/mountains in Ireland and abroad.  Her research masters in UCD focused on women in sport leadership roles and the perception of women in sport. Her previous research dissertation focussed on the motives to participate in rock climbing and the perception of risk involved.