Entries by Dawn Glanc

Mixing Up The New Year – Women’s Mixed Climbing

Chicks Climbing and Skiing wrapped up the 2016 climbing season in Ouray. The inaugural Chicks Mixed Climbing clinic was the perfect way to end an amazing year of climbing. The weather was great and the stoke was high. Each morning we were shuttled to the trailhead by Andy at Western Slope Riders. It felt like […]

Why Choose Chicks?

On the fence about attending a clinic this winter? We sat down with Chicks Co-Owner and Guide to get her insight on what makes Chicks unique. Chicks started in 1999 with a vision to help women experience ice climbing, and like a fine wine we have aged and matured over time. Our vision is unchanged: […]

Chicks Tech Tip: Choosing Crampons

If you ask ten climbers what type of crampons you should buy, you will get ten different answers. In reality, most crampons will work when you are top-roping a single pitch ice climb. I have seen some crazy concoctions defy the laws of physics in the ice park. Proving that only front points are really […]

Build Lock-Off Strength

Weather is changing and it’s time to start thinking about training for two of our favorite winter sports, mixed and ice climbing!  One key strength area to focus on is our arms and shoulders specifically for locking off.  This gives you the power and ability to pull yourself in and reach for the next hold. […]

Chicks Tech Tip: Climbing with Kids

Everyone one of us was born a natural climber. This is obvious when we observe young children. Each child has the natural curiosity to climb. Many of us grew up without the opportunity to rock climb. Instead we climbed on furniture, jungle gyms and trees. At some point parents stop this natural exploratory process by scolding […]

That’s It – We’re New River Chicks

Chicks Climbing and Skiing held their inaugural New River Gorge rock climbing clinic July 15-17. Erin Larsen and myself were the guides for the weekend. Seven energetic and motivated ladies joined the clinic. Some ladies came with friends and others came solo in hopes to find new partners. We even had a mother and her […]

Spring Gear Cleaning

If you are like me, you threw your rock gear into the garage or gear closet at the end of the rock season in anticipation of the forming ice. The rock gear was stored away without much inspection. Now the seasons are changing, and the ice is melting away. It is time to dust off […]

Smiling Ear to Ear at Red River Gorge

Written by: Dawn Glanc Ladies from all over the eastern United States came together on Labor Day weekend in 2016 to climb on some of the best sandstone in the country in Red River Gorge, KY. The sold out event was full of women who wanted to become stronger more efficient climbers. The guide team […]

Best Belay Ever

As many climbers know, a good belayer is hard to come by. Sure, most climbers know how to belay, but few actually do it right. Most of the time the climber just assumes that their partner has the skills to keep them off of the ground. No one wants to look down while climbing a […]