Audacious yet calculated. Provocative and graceful.
Coach for the self-sufficient mountain athlete.
Brittany Aäe is an endurance coach and creative in unceded Mətxʷú (Methow) and Sinixt territory.
Brittany is a process-oriented mountain athlete. In alignment with that creative mission, she has led four international expeditions on some of the world’s highest peaks; climbed drips in the Canadian Rockies and long alpine rock routes in the North Cascades; completed multiple winter ascents of Ti'Swaq' (Rainier); speed climbed and skied local peaks; and completed twenty-seven solo, unsupported ultra-distance mountain runs including FKTs and OKTs—all of this without overuse injury. She continued progressing on ski, foot, and fingers in the mountains through forty weeks of pregnancy, returning to the stone and dirt three days postpartum. Her work has been featured in national grassroots and mainstream media and has been translated into seven different languages. Her signature work includes revolutionary research and coaching on pregnant athleticism, menstruation and endurance, and the Autonomic Nervous System. On recovery days she fly-fishes and stalks grouse with gusto.
Though she conducts her movements primarily alone, she is the grateful recipient of mentorship from mountain movement specialists: Chad Kellogg provided a longitudinal perspective on speed- and high-altitude climbing, Fred Beckey provided immersive instruction for alpine climbing domestically and internationally, Craig Pope Jr. invested a great deal of his considerable talent on ice and trad climbing instruction, and Krissy Moehl sparked a decade-long ultra-running career with her kind encouragement. Brittany holds a Wilderness First Responder, an AIARE Avalanche II, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. She has studied in the cadaver lab and as a home birth doula. Her professional experience includes a decade planning and implementing large-scale public health programs on four continents on behalf of organizations as diverse as the United Nations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and various in-country public health initiatives.