Chicks Climbing hosts two women’s programs in the vertical world. Chicks with Picks has been ‘kicking axe’ with our ice climbing clinics in Ouray, Colorado for 13 years. During the months of January and February we host ice climbing clinics in the Ouray Ice Park including The Sampler, The Complete, The Graduate, and The Quickie. After more than a decade of teaching women to climb ice we decided to shed our down coats, don our tank tops, and take the show on the road with Chicks Rock!, our rock climbing program, which is now in its fourth year. We host our rock climbing clinics in the warm-weather months in Devil’s Lake, Wisc., Keene Valley, New York, the New River Gorge, West Va., Indian Creek, Utah, and Red Rock Canyon, Nev.
At Chicks we teach women of all abilities how to rock and ice climb. We create a super fun, safe and supportive environment in which Chicks come out to learn from our infamous Girly Guides. Our intensive 2, 3 and 4-day clinics offer an intimate 4-to-1 ratio that focus on taking our Chicks’ climbing to the next level. Our alumnae take away the technical skills and confidence to be more self-reliant and equal climbing partners on rock or ice. Online, Chicks has also grown to become the epicenter for women climbers to get information on the latest happenings in the climbing world in our “Gossip Column” or partner up with other Chicks, exchange beta, and give/get advice in our “Chicks Chat”.
Our alumnae are easy to spot at the crag with their Osprey packs at the base of a climb. Given the chance to demo them at our clinics, most Chicks fall in love with the functionality of Osprey packs and in turn make the investment on their own.