Entries by Kitty Calhoun

Women’s-Specific Alpine Touring Boots | Scarpa Gea

We’ve come a long way, baby! I can’t help myself. I keep thinking of the Virginia Slims cigarette campaign, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” If it’s not wrong enough that something we now know to be very unhealthy (cigarettes) were used as a symbol of female empowerment, it’s even more wrong because when I […]

Black Diamond Fuel vs Cobra Ice Climbing Tools

I love my Black Diamond Fuel Ice Tools. This reflects a change of heart. Recently, I dumped my Cobra tools and took up with a pair of Fuels. For years the Cobra and I were in a solid and trusting relationship. They were my favorite ice climbing and technical alpine climbing tools. I loved the […]

A Love letter to my Patagonia Capilene Midweight Crew

Dear Patagonia Capilene Midweight Crew, Who Says You Can’t Improve on Mother Nature? I live in my baselayers, which means I live in you! It doesn’t matter if I’m ice climbing, skiing or need a long-sleeve shirt for cool-weather-rock-climbing. Patagonia Midweight Crew, I wear you to the grocery store, to yoga and just lounging around […]

A Skiing Legacy

“We have to get dressed. We’re going skiing.” One of the last memories I have of my dad is of him saying this as he tried to get out of a hospital bed while under the haze of Alzheimers. “Not today Pops,” I said and gently helped him back to bed. I love skiing and always […]

How to Climb Smoothly? Mixed Climbing Quick Tips

How To Climb Smoothly? Learn how to climb smoothly by staying in balance with precision and purpose. What the heck? Join us for our Ouray, Colorado Mixed Climbing Clinic where we’ll take a deep dive into understanding climbing in balance with precision and purpose. Meanwhile, consider the following tips about balance, precision, purpose and the powerful tools […]

Petzl’s Passion 

Since the early 1900’s Petzl’s passion for exploration has led to many innovations transcending from the caving world up into the rock, ice, and ski mountaineering world. Petzl’s mission is to “continue to invent products and provide solutions that allow sports enthusiasts and professionals to access some of the most inaccessible places, both day and […]

Cool Weather Rock Climbing Tips for Staying Toasty

BRRRR! Did you know that 32-41°F is the best sending temperature? Hands and fingers get the best friction near freezing because they don’t sweat; and, climbing shoe rubber is designed to perform best at these temperatures too. Autumn temperatures can send chills down your spine and make your hands go numb if you’re not ready. Follow […]

Patagonia Vengas: Kitty’s new favorite pants

  Why I love my Vengas My son, who suddenly became a fashion expert upon entering Middle School, remarked that I did not fit in with other moms. He then told me that you have to look good to feel good.  If you feel good you will climb well. I told him that in fact, […]


by Kitty Calhoun Co-Owner, Chicks Climbing and Skiing A couple of weeks ago, I arrived at the International Climbers Fest in Lander, Wyoming, and was warmly greeted by a Chicks alumna, Amy Skinner.  She informed me that they were doing a podcast called the Hooligan Narratives (https://www.facebook.com/thehoulihannarratives/),  and wanted me to tell a story with […]