Entries by Angela Hawse

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 Terrordactyls in 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 […]

Anniversaries Call for Reflection

This month Chicks is celebrating its 20th and I find myself reminiscing. I started ice climbing in Ouray’s box canyon, at the north end of the Uncompahgre River Gorge. It was 1985—a decade before the Ouray Ice Park came to be. At that time there were only a few climbs in the box canyon. These natural ice […]

A Love Letter to My Scarpa Phantom Techs

Dear Scarpa Phantom Techs, It’s that time of year again when I have more time for you and we can pick up where we left off last season on some of our favorite frozen waterfalls. Although I have terribly cold toes 365 days a year (poor circulation), you manage to keep me warm out on […]

Grabber’s All-Weather Blanket is a Jewel

Grabber, who we love for their little nuggets of BTUs packaged as hand and toe warmers, also makes an excellent emergency, all-weather blanket called All Weather Blanket. Originally developed for the NASA space program, this lesser-known jewel has been a part of my kit for decades. Although many folks shun “emergency blankets” as hokey, guides […]

Stealth RECCO — Grivel Helmet Review

As Chicks approaches its 20th anniversary, we stand on the shoulders of a giant, a company that has been in the business of making the tools we use to climb for centuries.  This year Grivel celebrates their 200th anniversary.  And Grivel just launched the first-ever helmet with a RECCO reflector.  RECCO reflectors bounce back signals […]