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ASPEN WILKS

Cofounder of Women In Rescue

While at the University of New Mexico Aspen joined the UNM Mountaineering Club. This was her first exposure to working with ropes and being in a vertical environment. She knew that she wanted to build her skills as a climber and eventually mountaineer. But a pivotal experience for her was when she had a climbing partner take a fall on lead. He zippered all of his pro and decked. While watching the local rescue team execute a high angle evacuation for her climbing partner she decided then that she wanted to pay it forward ‘ that others may live’.

Shortly after the climbing accident she applied to Albuquerque Mountain Rescue, and was accepted to their 2014 training class. By 2017 she made rank as a Technical Technician, which specializes in high and low angle rope operations. In 2018 she became AMRC’s training officer and served on the board of directors.

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