Hi, I'm Caroline, a professional ski mountaineer, activist, and candidate for US Senate.

My journey has taken me to the world’s highest peaks, seen me testify before Congress on the impact of climate change, and found me championing environmental and social justice issues. From conquering mountains to standing up for crucial causes, I've expanded my passion for sports into a platform for change.

From a young age, I dreamed of becoming a professional skier, inspired by the magnificence of the mountains.

Growing up with three brothers, I learned toughness, resilience, and a love for the outdoors. My half-brother Martin played a pivotal role, introducing me to climbing and creating some of my happiest childhood memories.

My life changed tragically at 15 years old when Martin was buried by an avalanche in Stairs Gulch at the age of 37. Losing him changed me profoundly, igniting a commitment to honor his memory by embracing the challenges of the big mountains. Ski mountaineering became my passion, and I worked my way up from coaching, being a ski nanny, and selling gear to realizing my dream of becoming a professional ski mountaineer.

The defining moment came when I skied the very line where Martin lost his life. Fueled by a newfound determination, I embarked on a mission to give back to the people and places that shaped my life.

Driven by purpose, I’ve fought passionately to protect our environment, using my voice and platform to speak out on crucial issues like climate change, public lands, and more. The mountains have become more than a playground; they’re my call to action to advocate for the preservation of the planet and harmony among its people.  

Despite warnings that it could harm my career, I persisted in being an activist: I rallied, lobbied, and testified. My focus remained on advocating for people and the planet.

Now, I'm taking on one of my toughest challenges yet: running for the United States Senate to represent the incredible people of Utah. It's a new climb, but I carry the lessons learned from the mountains—unwavering commitment, resilience, and the determination to make positive change.

"As I start this climb towards the U.S. Senate, I carry with me the lessons learned from reaching mountain peaks and navigating life's terrain. My commitment is unwavering—to empower, to protect, and to advocate for a brighter future for all Utahns.”

- Caroline Gleich

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Caroline's Accomplishments

Scaling summits and crafting solutions, Caroline's remarkable achievements unfold through altitude and activism, demonstrating a journey of passion and purpose. Here is just a small sample of the work Caroline has done on and off the mountain.

may, 2010

Served a political internship for Ted Wilson, environmental advisor to Governor Gary Herbert.

April, 2017

Became the first woman to finish Andrew McLean's Chuting Gallery - a steep guidebook to 90 of Utah's hardest ski lines

March, 2018

Joined the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance as a board member. Served a three year term focused on protecting the human-powered snowsports experience in the Wasatch.

september, 2018

Summited and skied Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world.

May, 2019

Summited Mt. Everest with a torn ACL.

September, 2019

Testified before the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis urging Congress to act on the climate crisis and public lands.

november, 2019

February, 2020

Testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources in support of HR5435, the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act

November, 2020

Ran 50 miles through Bears Ears National Monument to raise money for the Bears Ears Intertribal coalition

october, 2021

Honored as Utah Clean Energy's Climate Champion of the year.

july, 2023

Hosted the Run to Redistrict - running .4 miles through all four of Utah's Congressional Districts