This week, 80 women from 25 countries, including journalists and women of influence, want to set a record that is unique in the world: the formation of the longest women’s rope team in the world on the 4027 m high Allalinhorn in Saas-Fee (VS).
Thanks to the currently stable weather conditions, the ascent is expected to take place on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The campaign is part of the 100% Women initiative launched by Switzerland Tourism with the aim of making women more visible in mountain and outdoor sports and promoting tourism offers for women.
Increasing the visibility of women in mountain sports and promoting tourism offers that are specifically geared to the needs of women in the outdoor area: These are the goals of the 100% Women initiative launched in 2021 . This year, Switzerland Tourism (ST) has teamed up with its partners Swiss Mountain Guides Association, Saas-Fee / Saastal Tourism, outdoor outfitter Mammut and the Grand-Hotel & Spa Walliserhof to make a unique challenge in the mountains possible: 80 women from a wide variety of backgrounds will climb the Allalinhorns (VS) as part of the longest women’s rope team in the world. According to the partner organization Swiss Mountain Guides Association and well-known experts in the field of women’s mountaineering, the mobilization of such a large, purely women’s rope team is a novelty.
A diverse rope team with prominent ambassadors
In order to put together as diverse a women’s rope team as possible, ST called on women of all ages from all over the world to apply in writing or via video. From around 850 applications received by ST, ten participants were selected, including women from Iran, South Africa, Europe and, of course, Switzerland. The rest of the rope team is made up of journalists and women of influence. These include Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Thailand’s UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Asia Pacific, Swedish-Norwegian actress and UNICEF Ambassador Eva Röse, musician and Miss France 2019 Vaimalama Chaves, and Swiss R&B singer Naomi Lareine. They all rise to the challenge and at the same time contribute to a more diverse picture in mountain sports.Some selected women are portrayed at MySwitzerland.com/worldrecord . Around twenty experienced mountain guides accompany this extraordinary rope team to the summit.