Entries by Karen Bockel

Toprope Ice Climbing – Why It’s Different Than Rock

Wow, the snow is flying, ice is forming, and winter is here!  It’s December, and the ice climbing season is starting.  The Ouray Ice Park is slated to open December 19, just a few short weeks away.  This is a great time to review a few skills related to toprope or slingshot belay set-ups for […]

Prep For The Ski Season

Written by Karen Bockel There is a winter storm warning in effect in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and the Eastern Sierra. El Nino is just about to visit you!  Chicks is psyched for the snow to fly, and we want you to be ready for the first powder day of the season.  Here a few things […]

Chicks Gear Review: Asolo 6B+ GV

Written by: Karen Bockel If ice climbing in the Alpine is your thing, then look no further! The Asolo Women’s 6B+ GV is a rare boot that can do it all on a long adventure in the mountains. With just enough rocker in the sole, as well as specific shock absorbing materials in the midsole, […]

Chicks Take On ‘Yosemite of the Northeast’ – Keene Valley

Keene Valley Recap By Chicks Co-Owner and Guide Karen Bockel We just wrapped up the Chicks Rock! Clinic in Keene Valley, NY.  The event ran in the famed and remote Adirondack Park, home to the beautiful High Peaks and an amazing array of rock walls, which felt like a “Yosemite of the Northeast”.  Cloudsplitter Mountain […]

How to Stay Fueled & Hydrated on Long Summer Days

By Karen Bockel Summertime and the livin’s easy… Beautiful sunny days have you up early and heading out in the hills.  Maybe you’re planning to scramble up a Fourteener in Colorado, hike to an alpine lake in the Tetons, or climb a glaciated peak in the Cascades.  Here are a few strategies to help you […]

Chicks Gear Review: Osprey Mutant Pack

Reviewed by: Karen Bockel Chicks Climbing and Skiing gets you out into the mountains.  Whether you’re packing your rock gear for a steep multi-pitch adventure in Red Rock Canyon or carrying your ice tools and ropes to base of a long crystal blue ice flow in Isafjordur, Iceland, the Osprey Mutant makes for a perfect […]