Entries by Angela Hawse

22 Years of Avalanche Fatalities | Ice Climbers At Risk

A recent study, 22 Years of Avalanche Fatalities by Activity and Trigger Type in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, Canada reveals that 43% of avalanche fatalities were ice climbers, 32% were skiers, and 18% were snowshoers. The study also reveals almost a 50/50 split between victims triggering avalanches themselves or getting hit by a natural from […]

A Love Letter to My Sterling Evolution Velocity Rope

Dear Sterling Evolution Velocity, Although you’re not always my first rope (the Skinny Bitches often get more of my attention), when push comes to shove, the skinny ones stay home and you come with me to get the goods. Evolution Velocity you’re my trusted go-to for big adventures and when I’m pushing myself on testy sport […]

We Joined

We are proud to announce that we have joined the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. This UN initiative acknowledges the contribution of sports organizations to climate change and our responsibility to actively and collectively strive towards climate neutrality. As a signatory, Chicks Climbing […]

Instinct VS Rock Climbing Shoe for Women by SCARPA

Thank you SCARPA for refining the tried-and-true Instinct VS rock shoe into a women’s-specific model that comes with a lovely, fresh new color to boot. The original orange Instinct VS has been my go-to shoe for the past 5 seasons. They have served me well on everything from steep, overhanging sport routes to multi-pitch crack […]

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard | Book Review

Book Review by Angela Hawse Yvon Chouinard is the author of “let my people go surfing.” And, Yvon Chouinard is also the founder of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and gear company. For forty years, Yvon Chounaird has led Patagonia with his vision and passion. He is the driving force that keeps Patagonia true to its […]

POW | Uniting Climbers to Protect 0ur Winters

Last week I joined POW. The purpose of POW is to unite the climbing community on climate advocacy. POW has a vision of a carbon-neutral future and is building a platform for climbers to have a voice on climate change. As the seasons change, so does our dance with gravity from skiing to climbing. The wondrous […]

Inspect Your Rock PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

  The last thing you want to think about when you’re off the deck is the viability of your equipment. The beginning of every season marks an important time to check your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Just as we pump up our push-ups and finger board workouts, preparing for the rock season ahead, so too […]

How to Choose the Right Ice Climbing Tool

I’ve had my hands on a lot of ice axes since climbing on Terrordactylsin the ‘80s. For me, choosing the right ice tool is hard to describe because it’s about feelings. It is about the emotion of the body, heart and mind. Body With the right tools, I feel joyful. I feel invincible. I feel ready and […]