Entries by Angela Hawse

Chicks Tech Tip: Avalanche Transceiver Check

Winter is just around the corner and we’ll be skinning for the goods not soon enough.  If you are relatively new to the backcountry, are you familiar with what we consider standard maintenance and safety checks for your highly technical avalanche transceiver?  These life-saving devices are critical equipment for every backcountry day and need thorough […]

Chicks Gear Review: Petzl Altitude Harness

  Written by: Chicks co-owner and guide, Angela Hawse Petzl has done it again, leading the industry with the first harness to incorporate Dyneema into an ultra-lightweight, full strength harness.  Weighing in at only 150 grams (5.29 ounces), the Altitude harness is the lightest in the world.  You can bet you’ll see others follow suit […]

Chicks Tech Tip: Building Climbing Anchors

You’re on the sharp end and you’ve finally reached the top – now it’s anchor time! You scroll through the running list of climbing anchors options you’ve got memorized for what type of anchor is going to work in this scenario.  Do you have your Sterling cordelette?  Consider the quad anchor!  Angela Hawse shows us […]

Snow Anchor – How to Build a Solid T-Slot Snow Anchor

The last time I guided Denali my team came upon a crevasse-rescue effort by another party. They were using a snow anchor but it could have gone dreadfully wrong. From hundreds of yards away we could see two climbers trying to rescue their partner by pulling against the anchor with their backs towards the lip of […]

Chicks Gear Review:  SCARPA Rebel Pro GTX

Written by:  Angela Hawse Are you chomping to take your rock and ice skills into the mountains? Or are you already a seasoned alpine climber?  No matter what your skill level, a quality boot adds security to your steps and a greater degree of control and protection for your feet for the countless hours you’ll […]

Chicks Gear Review: Osprey National Park Foundation Trip 20

We think it’s great that Osprey is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service this summer with this sweet little pack, the Osprey Trip. Osprey has tagged it as a “hiking” pack, but we find it to be a perfect light pack for multi-pitch rock climbs.  It’s low profile enough to easily fit […]

How to Choose a Rope

Written by: Angela Hawse Selecting the right rope any given day is as important for me as shoe selection.   As a Sterling Athlete Team member, I have the benefit of having as many as 12 ropes at any given time in my quiver.  I know this is a luxury most don’t have, unless you are […]

Chicks Gear Review: Scarpa Instinct

Written by: Angela Hawse It’s ‘Sendtember’, and we are on fire with our Chicks Rocks clinics nearly full to capacity.  The send train is on and we are stoked to be climbing with a bunch of keen women at the Red River Gorge, Keene Valley, Red Rocks and Rifle for the next two months.   When […]

Chicks Gear Review: Marmot Kompressor Verve 26

By Angela Hawse This has been my go to cragging pack since I took it out of the box.  It’s ideal for a full sport climbing kit, 60m rope included.  If it’s a trad rack my partner and I split the kit.  This little number is loaded with features that are not bells and whistles. […]