Organisation Team

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


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.

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, a Rock climbing Instructor in 2015 and is a Mountain Skills Provider. A member of Wexford Hillwalking/Mountaineering club, Colette is regularly involved in Navigation training, leading club walks/scrambles and also assists in running weekly Summer climbing sessions at the local crag for both new and experienced members. 

Colette is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mountaineering Ireland."

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 involved ever since. She is also a keen hill walker, exploring various hills/mountains in Ireland and abroad.  Her research masters  focused on women in sport leadership roles and the perception of women in sport. Her previous research dissertation focused on the motives to participate in rock climbing and the perception of risk involved. Ruth is the Membership Development Officer for Mountaineering Ireland. 

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Maike Juergens

Maike got into mountaineering through trail and mountain running. She is a keen mountain runner and always up for an adventurous day in the hills. She likes using and expanding her navigation and mountaineering skills in hill races and orienteering events or simply during long days walking in the hills in Ireland and abroad. Maike particularly loves the encouraging and welcoming atmosphere of Women With Altitude events. She has been a member of the organising committee since 2016.