Entries by Kitty Calhoun

Need Continuous Energy for Endurance?

Have you ever felt the high, and then the crash, from a sugar rush? Have you ever felt sluggish after lunch? Have you ever felt nauseous because you were exerting yourself and could not digest the badly needed energy snack you had just eaten? GU gels can help. For 25 years, GU has been driven […]

Voluntary Simplicity and the Art of Packing

“No. No, you don’t need that either.” I said to my son, Grady, as he packed for a multi-day, rock climbing trip. “You mean you only take one pair of pants, one T-shirt, one long sleeve, a sweater and a rain jacket?” he asked. “Yep, and a toothbrush.” I said. “Just make sure your clothes […]

A Love Letter to My Patagonia Micro Puff

I never thought when I was learning to ski at age 6 where my skis would take me. How many memories my gear and clothes would hold? I remember my Dad helping me into a garage-sale jacket and putting mittens on my tiny, frozen hands. There’s the short, tailored sweater with yellow and blue stripes […]

Get a New Attitude

Black Diamond Equipment was originally founded as Chouinard Equipment by Yvon Chouinard. Chouinard was a visionary big wall, ice and alpine climber who also happened to be an ironworker.  In his classic book, Climbing Ice, Yvon states, “In 1967 Tom Frost and I not only designed a new ‘alpine hammer’ with a drooping pick, but […]

Chicks Climbing and Skiing Raises $4,800 for SheJumps

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are so honored.” Claire Smallwood, Director of SheJumps Chicks Climbing and Skiing is made strong through support, community and the core value of giving back. On Jan 6, 2018, the 19th Annual Chicks Climbing and Skiing Fundraiser raised $4,800 for SheJumps, an organization with the mission to increase […]


My most difficult ski tours have been approaches to winter alpine objectives—breaking trail for miles through deep snow toward majestic peaks that beckon with the satisfaction of a challenging route. When I was younger, I commonly packed nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies for these long days out in the mountains. As […]

Are You Avalanche Aware?

I’m so excited. It’s snowing. As I watch the flakes come down, I feel a wave of joy. I want to run and shout, build a snowman, throw a covert snowball, and GO SKIING! When I was a kid I dreamed of being a downhill ski racer, flying down mountain slopes. I was fearless and strong. […]

Opening Up

Funny how the Thanksgiving season is followed by Christmas. During Thanksgiving we are to take notice of all that we are to be thankful for and one of the greatest gifts we have is each other.  So on Christmas, we demonstrate that appreciation and love with gifts.  This is a reaffirming occasion since much of […]

Growth Through Training and Education

Life is an adventure and we never know where it will take us. I was afraid of heights when I was a teenager, but by the time I finished college, all I wanted to do was to learn more about alpine climbing in ranges throughout the world.  I knew that I could only afford to […]

Forging Self-Reliance

One cold, windy day many years ago Jay Smith, Doug Hall, and I eagerly donned our packs and began post-holing up a gully to do a first ascent of an ice route that rarely comes in.  The new snow was not particularly deep, but the gully was steep so we took turns breaking trail.  We […]