Carolyn Parker


Carolyn is a life-long climber and mountain guide who has made the successful transition into full time coaching work. Carolyn is founder and lead instructor at the Ripple Effect Gym in Carbondale, Colorado. Carolyn and Steve first met circa 1994 when they were both working as mountain guides in the North Cascades.

Carolyn Parker Shares Lessons from 25 Years of Breaking Trail for Female Athletes and Coaches

Carolyn’s personal pursuit of progress with her climbing led her to training. Training led her to Mark and Lisa Twight, and Gym Jones. In 2010 she earned her Gym Jones Certified Instructor credential. Carolyn can lead 5.12 rock, M8 mixed, and ski 50 degree couloirs. She has guided the famous Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route and the Italian Ortler Traverse. In 2001 she attempted to climb Makalu by a new route on the South Face with a small 4-person team. Most recently she has been competitive in mountain runs such as the Imogene Pass run, R2R2R Grand Canyon, Sandia Crossing, Four Pass Loop Elk Mountains, Power of Four Skimo Race.

Carolyn is sponsored by Julbo, Lalo Tactical, Trango equipment, and guides for Chicks Climbing.

She joins Uphill Athlete in 2018 as an Elite Coach.


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