Keeping up with Chicks Guide Caroline George

Photo by Andrew Burr

Caroline George, one of our Chicks Climbing Girly Guides, is in the heart of a jam-packed summer full of exciting trips! This past month in June, Caroline guided Mount Rainier with RMI and was on the mountain with her team which was nearly caught in an early morning avalanche on June 5 on the east face of the mountain on Ingraham Glacier, which sent snow sliding down approximately 1,000 feet. Luckily, Caroline was only caught in the cloud and was able to quickly serve as part of the rescue effort. During June Caroline also worked on product development for First Ascent, one of her sponsors.

Caroline will be headed to Europe in a few days where she will be guiding on Mount Blanc, the Matterhorn, and the Eiger. The Swiss Alps are pretty much Caroline’s backyard and so in addition to the other famous peaks she will be guiding this summer, she also has plans to climb other 4000m peaks such as Zinalrothorn, the Weisshorn, and the Obergabelhorn.

She will stay in the Alps through early September before heading back to the U.S. for a First Ascent product development meeting in Seattle.

Lucky for us, Caroline will be blogging about her summer trips, so we will be posting them here for everyone to enjoy! For those looking to do some alpine climbing, these blogs will help give you an insider’s perspective of what they involve!

Caroline’s Web site is Into The Mountains, where she and her husband Adam George share their passion for climbing with others by offering guided trips and instruction on rock, ice, and alpine climbing in the European Alps and North America.

Sterling Rope offers Chicks an amazing discount!

As you may have already heard, Sterling Rope has partnered with us to bring you two brand new Girly Gatherings on the east coast this year!

We will be up in upstate New York for a weekend clinic in the Dacks next month, and will be back east again to host another weekend clinic in West Virginia’s New River Gorge in late September.

As part of Sterling Rope‘s support for Chicks they have generously offered Chicks Climbing a 10% discount on all orders placed at Sterlingrope.com from now until the end of the year! All you have to do is enter Girly10 at the checkout for 10% off your entire order from Sterling Rope.

If you’ve never tried Sterling Rope before, you will get a chance to sample it at all of our upcoming Girly Gatherings and Chicks Rock clinics! So take advantage of the opportunity to try them out, get a feel for what you like and if you’re in the market for one of your own, you can get it at a discounted price!

The rope pictured in this post is the Evolution Velocity, which is a great multi-tasking 9.8mm rope that has it all – just the right amount of stiffness, so your rope doesn’t flop during critical clips and a smooth sheath that withstands abrasion and slides effortlessly to reduce rope drag.

Plus, the Athena design with its brown and pink design just feels like it was designed with Chicks in mind!

Our very own Girly Guide Angela Hawse is proudly sponsored by Sterling Rope and loves their products.

Are any of you out there already using a Sterling Rope product? If so, we’d love to know what your favorite ropes are and what types of climbs and conditions you use them for. Please feel free to share so all of us as climbers can benefit!

Get the goods here @ Chicks Gossip Report!

Here on the weekly Chicks Climbing gossip report you can catch up on all of the great gossip (articles, videos, and other assorted cool stuff) we talked about last week at Chicks Climbing! The biggest news was our announcement of two BRAND NEW Girly Gatherings we will be hosting out east this summer and fall! We will be in the Adirondacks next month, and at the New River Gorge in September! We hope you will join us – we would love to see you there!

We also posted our May newsletter which has tons of info. on a co-ed weekend skills clinic at Devil’s Lake this September, just before our week of Chicks Rock! So grab your favorite guy and come on out to learn from our great Girly Guides!

All of the remaining articles we linked to at some point during the last week through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!).

We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that not  everyone is online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So you can check here each and every week for the latest and greatest in Clicks Climbing resources here on the blog.

However, we know WE may have also missed some cool stuff this week, so if there is something of interest we missed that you came across this week please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing

  • – Great Post from AAI showing the danger with rappel backups off new “modern” leg loops http://ow.ly/1YWgx
  • – Chicks fan Sarah Goldman posted some sad news of an accident in NRG on our Facebook site that took a climber’s life along with an important safety video everyone should take a few minutes to watch: http://ow.ly/1YqZ2
  • – Good article from @AlpineIntitute on how to use ropes as saddlebags if there are people below or rope may get hung http://ow.ly/1YpRJ
  • – Projects, by Sara Lingafelter (aka The Climber Girl) on @climbingmag dot com. http://ow.ly/20oWs
  • – Some absolutely hilarious explanations of climbing grades (especially subdivisions of class climbing) http://ow.ly/20Vn
  • – Final Everest stats for Spring 2010: 513 summits; 347 via south with 1.2 foreigner/Sherpa ratio. Fall update as well. http://ow.ly/20oZt
  • – The crew of Climb Against the Odds for @BreastCancerFnd summited! http://ow.ly/20Vln#climb

Training

  • – Need tips on strengthening abs for long, steep climbs? Marmot athlete Beth Rodden has a few tips! http://ow.ly/1ZU8Z

Trip Reports

  • – Trip report on Devil’s Path in the Catskills from @k8tlevy http://ow.ly/1YTdN
  • – Not exactly a trip report, but rather how to plan a trip while you are actually AT work (from Jenn Fields) http://ow.ly/1YSTC

Mishmash

Gear

  • – Gear review! Check out this Rockstar Pant review by Dr. Luanne Freer of EverestER! http://bit.ly/brsAkJ
  • – Who doesn’t love winning free stuff? Here’s a chance to win some Vasque hiking boots http://ow.ly/1YWhN
  • – Very cool giveaway of a Mountain Mama Fairview Jacket – great during pregnancy & after! http://ow.ly/1YSol
  • – Not technical gear, but rather fashion gear & definitely Chick related: These are the cutest pins designed just for Chicks! http://ow.ly/204DD

Chicks May newsletter

The Local Hospitality Tour: Women’s Trek to Nepal
October 19 – Nov 2, 2010  space available

Kim Reynolds (far right) in 1988 in the village of Deku.

I first traveled into the Solu Khumbu region in 1988 on my way to climb Mera Peak with my good friend Ung Dawa Sherpa. On the way, we stopped at Dawa’s house in the village of Deku, where he was born. They had never had a western visitor to their house and were very excited to share their generous Sherpa hospitality with me. This meant endless cups of tea, boiled potatoes and locally made chang, a rice beer. This ritual can go on for hours sitting around the open fire in the kitchen with a lot of story telling and laughing.

The language barrier didn’t matter since food, drink, laughter and eye contact always seem to bridge the cultural gap. This is when I first fell in love with the Sherpa people, descendants of the Tibetans, who traveled over the Himalaya Mts  “from the east” around 400 yrs ago. They are Buddhist farmers who carved a life in the Everest Region in harsh conditions. They are hearty, fun loving and well known for their ability to move well at high altitudes.

This started a life long friendship with the people in this region who have become my family. I have been fortunate to visit them on and off for the last 22 years, keeping our bond alive. When I lead treks to this region, it brings me great joy to share my special friends with you on what I like to call “the local hospitality tour”.

Kim greeted by Lama Rinzing after several years

A highlight from our women’s trek two years ago was being unexpectedly greeted by Lama Rinzing in his home village of Mera, while walking along the trail. (see photo below) He resides over the Tragsindu Monastery, a day’s walk from Mera, near Deku where I first visited in 1988. Later in our trek, we happened upon a festival several days walk from this meeting place and there he was again! Our group was invited into a very small room to have tea with him and another high Lama.  In order for the eight of us to fit, most of us crawled on to the bed and sat next to the two Lamas, smiling and laughing while sipping tea. For me, these spontaneous moments capture the essence of the experience: people simply enjoying each other’s presence half way across the world.

Our trek is a “go” with six women presently signed up! We have space for four more for a full trip. Please email me if you are interested: kim@civi-chicks.biz

Congratulations!

Angela Hawse and Caroline George

Chicks Climbing would like to like to congratulate Girly Guides Angela Hawse and Caroline George who recently became fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides! This is a huge undertaking and we are tickled pink about your accomplishment!

AMGA Certifies New Mountain Guides

Four AAC members recently passed the AMGA’s tough Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam in Alaska. For Angela Hawse of Ridgway, Colorado, and Caroline George of Salt Lake City, the exam was the final step in their quest to become fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides—only the sixth and seventh American women to reach this level, and two of about 50 women guides in the world. Mark Falender of Snowmass, Colorado, and Tyler Jones of Ketchum, Idaho, qualified as AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guides.

The 10 guide candidates spent eight days in Alaska under the watchful eyes of examiners Howie Schwartz, Evan Stevens, and Colin Zacharias. They worked in two ranges—the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains—with vastly different snowpacks. Day 3 brought the crevasse rescue test, which George describes as “arresting a fall, building a snow anchor, transferring the weight to that anchor, cleaning and padding the lip of the crevasse, going down to the victim to administer first aid, grab his skis, pole, and backpack, jug out of the hole, and haul the victim out, all in less than 45 minutes.” Whew!

It wasn’t all tough, though. With good weather on the fourth day, the group flew onto the upper Eagle Glacier out of Girdwood and found beautiful untracked powder.

“There is a new rule now that candidates have to wait two weeks to get thre results,” George said. “This felt like the longest two weeks of my life. I must have hit [my page on the AMGA] website at least 300 times!”

IMFGA/UIAGM mountain guides must be certified in three disciplines: rock, alpine, and ski mountaineering. The mountain guide status means they can legally guide around the world.

New Social Media Chick!

Twelve women applied for this position at Chicks Climbing and I interviewed eight very talented, capable women. The decision was very difficult as each woman offered something unique to the job. So, after much ado, we are proud  to welcome Maija Burkert to the Chicks Staff.

Maija has an impressive background with much to offer Chicks Climbing: she is a Chicks with Picks alumni, a West Point graduate with an English degree, an editor, climber, wife, cat lover, soon to be MBA graduate from the Kelley School of Business and currently employed in the world of Social Media. Lucky us!

I’d like to personally thank Lisa Nelson for starting this position from scratch and getting our Blog, Twitter and Facebook groups all up rand happening! I appreciate the time, energy and learning you put into this position to bring the women’s climbing community together. Thank you for laying the groundwork and best of luck in your next journey.

Chicks Rock!

Get ready Devil’s Lake, we’re coming back to Wisconsin with even more events!

We had so much fun last year, that we are returning this September for our second annual three-day women’s rock climbing clinic, plus, we’re adding more events. We wanted to give you a head’s up to these new additions before we put them out on the airwaves.

New this year: a public slideshow and fun-filled weekend of Skills Clinics offered to the public (yes, you boys too).

(All of this will be posted on our new Chicks Climbing web site coming soon)

DEVILS LAKE EVENTS 2010:

PUBLIC SLIDESHOW:
Thursday, September 9: Boulders Rock Gym, Madison WI, 7:00 PM
Public Slideshow given by one of our Girly Guides
$10 price includes raffle tickets for cool prizes

WEEKEND SKILLS CLINIC:
Open to the public, co-ed courses, 8-to-1 ratio
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Sign up for one of the following:

Saturday, September 11:
1- Self-Rescue Clinic: rope safety (includes demos of rappelling with backups, lowering skills and prussiking up a rope), belay escapes.
2- Intro to Trad Leading Clinic: anchors, protection placement, safety, rack selection, problem solving and the head game.
3- Working a Project / Red Point Tactics Clinic: choosing a route, sequencing, eliminating errors, linking moves, mental training and breaking out of plateaus.

Sunday, September 12:
1- Anchors Clinic: demo and practice the following: top rope anchors, lead belay anchors, rappel anchors and material selection
2- Intro to Big Wall Climbing Clinic: aid climbing, haul systems, leading, jumaring, following a traverse, gear selection
3- Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing Clinic: equipment, systems, belays and stance management, hanging belays, problem-solving, rappels

CHICKS ROCK! INTENSIVE CLINIC:
Monday – Thursday, September 13 – 16:

This piece is for women only.  Join us for three days of climbing at a 4-to1 ratio with our expert Girly Guides. We offer a Full Package including camping, meals, gear and guiding. Clinic starts Monday afternoon with orientation and dinner, followed by three days on the rock ending on Thursday afternoon.

For more details civi-chicks.biz or emailinfo@civi-chicks.biz

All of last week’s goodies here –> Chicks Gossip Report!

Here on the weekly Chicks Climbing gossip report you can catch up on all of the great gossip (articles, videos, and other assorted cool stuff) we talked about last week at Chicks Climbing!

All of these are articles we linked to through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!).

We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that not  everyone is online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So you can check here each and every week for the latest and greatest in Clicks Climbing resources here on the blog.

Is there something of interest we missed that you came across this week? Please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing

  • – This lady never fails to impress! Check out this video of Steph Davis on the Most Bitchin’ Roof Crack In the World” http://ow.ly/1XnhO
  • – Collection of rock climbing falls, fumbles and fails: http://ow.ly/1WJkk
  • – Big news out of China with new age limits (18-60) on permits required for Everest: http://ow.ly/1WGTx
  • – Dogs at the climbing crag. Where do you weigh in? http://ow.ly/1Wexw
  • – Get an eye-opening look at some bad gear placements (important lessons here!)  http://ow.ly/1VQgL

Girly Guide news

  • – Girly Guide Dawn Glanc reports on her May trip to Alaska Range http://bit.ly/aTstbT
  • – Caroline George’s blog on achieving a lifelong dream – her IFMGA certification, only the 7th woman in the U.S.! http://ow.ly/1Yf7b

Trip Reports

  • – Rockgrrl reports on her recent climbing trip out west. In Part 1 she highlights Zion and Red Rocks http://bit.ly/bB2JkH, in Part 2 she continues on to Indian Creek & S. Six Shooter Tower http://ow.ly/1Yl0t
  • – Overcoming feelings of weakness on a long haul: How I conquered an Icelandic Glacier http://bit.ly/bwXfMQ

Mishmash

  • – Would you be willing to pay a fee to climb 14ers in Colorado? Overuse seems to be a big problem, state may begin charging to help keep up with traffic flow: http://ow.ly/1Xnen
  • – 15 travel destinations being ruined by tourism, what can we do to tread lightly? http://ow.ly/1XjPi
  • – Inspiring: 16 BIG PHOTOS from the Italian Dolomites http://ow.ly/1WVSE
  • – Some tips for continuing to have outdoor adventures with the kiddos! http://ow.ly/1WQcw
  • – Cute find on a children’s book about Mountain Guides! http://ow.ly/1VJWb

Gear

  • – It can be hard to find just the right pair of mountaineering boots, so here are some good tips and suggestions for women:  http://ow.ly/1XSsd
  • – Gear review of the Mammut Togir Light Harness – it’s light and it’s inexpensive but is it any good? See what the Alpinist says: http://ow.ly/1XGvC
  • – For a fun re-use of materials, give Fido a climbing rope leash http://ow.ly/1WGMf

Caroline George on achieving a lifelong dream

Photo by Mark Falender

Guest post by Chicks Climbing Girly Guide Caroline George on her IFMGA certification

Becoming a full IFMGA certified guide has been my lifelong dream. A few years back, I took a friend up the beautiful Forbes Arete on the Aiguille du Chardonnet in Chamonix. She had never climbed any mountain and I was in charge of the whole climb. I loved how taking someone up and down a mountain required so much problem solving: what time do we need to start, how do we get to the base, what are the hazards and how do I manage them, how much rope should be out on the glacier, on a steep snow section, on a rocky ridge, what should I use for protection, where does the route go, what is the most efficient yet safe way to do this section, how do I care for my friend, etc. Each climb is a different puzzle with different solutions. I loved that about the mountains. Sitting on the summit, basking in the sunshine and in the joy of having accomplished what I had set to climb, I thought: “And guides get paid to do this. That’s what I want to do with my life”.

The American Mountain Guides Association (www.amga.com) is a member of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association: (http://www.ivbv.info/en/), which is the international governing body responsible for guiding standards and education around the world. The AMGA provides training in alpine, rock and ski each year. Being IFMGA certified means that you have taken and passed a series of courses and exams and are certified in all three disciplines. In most countries, this certification is required to guide legally.

One of the perks of the AMGA/IFMGA certification process is how much you get to travel to train and take courses and exams. I love being on the road, so this suited my lifestyle perfectly. Over the past two years, I have learned, refined and applied many skills: terrain assessment, recognition of hazards and risk management, navigation, proper use of terrain and gear for protection, route finding, client care, rope tricks and rope management, snowpack assessment, weather patterns, guiding ethics, waste disposal and many more tricks of the trade. I have climbed more routes in Red Rocks than I could ever have hoped to climb there and have grown very fond of the contrast between the wilderness in Red Rocks and the craziness in close-by Vegas. I have also had to adapt to the pure style of climbing that you seldom find in Europe: chimneys weren’t my forte and climbing the likes of the ultra classic Epinephrine was a nemesis that I learned to embrace. Through the Alpine process in the Cascades, I have also discovered what it means to really be self-sufficient in the mountains. Carrying my “home” on my back and learning how to build rescue shelters has been one of the most constructive tools I have taken away from this process. Because truth be told, if something happens in the mountains, you are going to need to be able to figure it out on your own. The ski process has provided me with great insight on how to assess different snowpacks. We skied in the Chugach and the Talkeetna mountains, covering terrain from Valdez to Girdwood/Turnagain Pass to Hatcher Pass – ski mountaineering, heli skiing and doing multi-day overnight trips on massive glaciers.

Photo by Mark Falender

But it’s not all fun and games either. Getting a certification means that someone is assessing you and that can be destabilizing. It’s hard to have someone look over your shoulder constantly. Most examiners do a great job of pretending that it’s just a regular day out and you’re just doing your job guiding. Yet, when you’re in the lead, a million thoughts go through your mind and you are constantly second guessing yourself, wondering if you’re doing what you think the examiner wants you to do. Throughout the training, all candidates take turns being in the lead and playing clients. This was a personal challenge as I found it hard to consider my peers as my clients, telling them what to do and how to climb or ski when you know that they know what they are doing and don’t need your guidance. Some of the courses last up to 12 days and you have to be on your game throughout the whole time: you wake up early, meet early, go for big days in the alpine, on rock or skiing, get fried by the sun or worked by the wind and cold temperatures, get back to an hour long debrief with the candidates and with that day’s examiner (you are seen by different examiners), plan for the next day, pack your bag, cook a meal and repeat the following day. I find dealing with stress always harder to manage when I am tired.

I am often asked if the process is harder for women. There aren’t many women with this certification throughout the world. There are a little over 50 women in the world currently, with only 7 in the USA. During this last exam, Angela Hawse and myself became the 6th and 7th women to achieve this status in the USA. Obviously, the profession is very male dominated. But there are definitely some advantages to that. I never felt like being a woman made the process any harder or that my examiners judged me on that. Since I am smaller, they would righteously sometimes point out that with two clients on my rope, I needed to add more security at times, because of the weight ratio. I think it’s important to acknowledge the differences between men and women and guide accordingly.

Photo by Mark Falender

This April, I flew to Alaska to take my final exam: the Ski Guide Exam. Prior to the exam, all the candidates went and explored the areas that we thought we might ski on our exam. Snow conditions were pretty bad since it rained very high up and Hatcher Pass – one of our destination –  only had 50% of its normal snowpack. The exam was challenging in that we encountered difficult skiing conditions (thick breakable crust), whiteout navigation, rain, etc. Overall, I felt pretty good about my exam, but you never know for sure. It’s scary to get so close to your dreams. As a new rule, the AMGA no longer gives out results on the last day of the course or exam. Candidates have to wait two weeks to get their results online. Each day though, I checked to see if my status had been updated. But always read : “Not Submitted Yet”. Every time I clicked, my heart would start pounding, only to slow right back down. On the D day, I looked so many times, that the AMGA page must have gotten the most hits it’s ever had in a day! At 6 p.m., I clicked again, and there it was: “Passed”. And that’s all it took – 6 letters – for my lifelong dream to come true: “Passed”. With this last exam, I completed my full IFMGA certification. The certification process has been the most rewarding achievement of my life. Yet, although this an end in itself, it really is only the beginning of my career. And now more than ever, I should remind myself of this adage: “Guide, the mountain doesn’t know that you are a guide!”

About Caroline: Caroline George is a full time guide. She shares her time between guiding in Europe, in Salt Lake City, in Ouray and in the Cascades, together with her husband Adam George. Find out more about Caroline on her website: www.intothemountains.com and follow Caroline’s adventures on her blog:www.intothemountains.com/blog.

Photos: All photos by Mark Falender. Top photo: Caroline touring in the Goat Mountain Area during the ski exam portion of the IFMGA certification. Middle photo: Conditions during the April 2010 ski exam were “super windy, hard to stand up with gale force winds” as the group prepared to climb down a chossy ridge. Bottom photo: Caroline, finding her way in a complete whiteout during the ski exam.

Girly Guide Dawn Glanc reports on May trip to Alaska Range

Root Canal, photo by Dawn Glanc

Girly Guide Dawn Glanc took a trip up to Alaska last month to do some climbing in a section of the Alaska Range, making camp at Ruth Glacier.

She traveled to the glacier with Patrick Ormond, with plans to do some climbing in the area.

However, it seemed the weather had other plans and refused to cooperate as the two faced whiteouts, snow, and wind, spending nearly every other day tent-bound.

However, Dawn reported that they were able to climb a few things including a summit of Mount Barille, as well as Ham and Eggs to the ridge of Moose’s Tooth.

You can read all about her trip and check out some of her photos here at Hardware Sessions (Mountain Hardware).

Cool stuff here —-> Chicks gossip report!

Here in the weekly Chicks Climbing gossip report you can catch up on all of the great gossip and resources you may have missed last week at Chicks Climbing!

All of these are articles we linked to through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!).

We provide this wrap-up because we come across a TON of great resources each week, but understand that  not  everyone isn’t online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So to make sure everyone gets access we will be linking to our resources here on the Chicks Climbing blog each week.

Is there something of interest we missed that you came across this week? Please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Climbing news

  • – Failed attempt at Cerro Torre leaves dozens of bolts and promises to remove next season. Do you think this is OK? http://ow.ly/1TBoR
  • – Will Gadd chimes in on the Cerro Torre Compressor Route bolt and fixed rope debacle. What are your thoughts? http://ow.ly/1TGC0
  • – British climber dies after summiting Everest http://ow.ly/1SBUl
  • – Summary of 2010 Everest season. As noted by the author, Everest is changing in many ways: 500 summits this year! http://ow.ly/1U3li
  • – Stories like this make me feel better about getting older! Women – ages 65 and 70 – tackle Mt. Whitney http://ow.ly/1Ut9t

Girly Guide news

  • – Chicks guide Caroline George reports she and her team are safe after Saturday morning Mount Rainier avalanche http://bit.ly/9JQAHA
  • – Chicks Girly Guide alum Kim Csizmazia competed in the Canada CrossFit Regional Games and did very well! http://ow.ly/1SLEs

Win stuff!

Training

  • – Do you climb for fun, fitness, or both? Some of the benefits for those ‘working on their fitness’ 😉 http://ow.ly/1Utbo
  • – An American Alpine Institutes student practices a crevasse fall. Do you think this type of exercise would better prepare you for real-life incident? http://ow.ly/1SIgg
  • – Does anyone use P90X to train for climbing?  http://bit.ly/anuYiR
  • – Who wants to climb icebergs in the North Atlantic! (I do!) Anyone else in? http://ow.ly/1SJPB
  • – For those that also train on a Concept2 rowers, they have also started a blog:  http://ow.ly/1T2NQ

Mishmash

Gear Reviews

  • – Head buffs!  I took one of these with me to Patagonia last winter and it was INVALUABLE. Anyone else like these? http://ow.ly/1U3Tc
  • – Hey bikers, here is a gear review of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Jacket. You gotta love the hot pink color 😉 http://ow.ly/1TNd5
  • – New review at Cupcake Mafia: Luggage Love – Briggs and Riley’s New BRX upright carry-on http://wp.me/pAl7H-8G

Chicks guide Caroline George reports in after Mount Rainier avalanche

– Photo by Caroline George

Chicks Climbing Girly Guide Caroline George is currently working as a guide for RMI on a Mount Rainier expedition and has just reported in after an early Saturday morning avalanche on the mountain that narrowly missed her team, leaving them in the cloud.

The Seattle Times reported that the avalanche started at 12,500 feet about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, June 5. The avalanche began on the east face of the mountains on Ingraham Glacier and sent snow sliding down approximately 1,000 feet.

Caroline described the avalanche as being “400m wide x 800m long avalanche.” She said there were “11 victims, 4 burials, one person still missing. Our 18 clients and 6 guides (no victims) were just to the east, on the Ingraham Flats and were spared. We were able to initate rescue immediately and the guides dug out three burried people. The rescue team and victims were helicoptered out by the Army.”

Authorities confirm that one of the victims is still missing, thought to be a European male who did not register with authorities before starting a solo climb.

We are relieved Caroline and her group were not only spared, but able to assist in the rescue effort and are anxiously awaiting word on the last victim.

What’s the buzz? Last week’s gossip report!

Here’s a quick rundown on some of the great gossip and  resources we came across this past week at Chicks Climbing!

All of these are articles we linked to through either the Chicks Climbing Twitter account, or on the Chicks Climbing Facebook fan page (and some on both!).

We hope this wrap-up is helpful to you since we come across climbing articles and other useful resources rather sporadically and know everyone isn’t online all the time, or even on both (or either) of these social media platforms. So to make sure everyone gets access we will be linking to our resources here on the Chicks Climbing blog each week.

Is there something we missed that you came across this week? Please, let us know so we can share with everyone else!

Gear Reviews

Climbing & Fear

Women doing cool stuff

  • – Cool report on Black Diamond athlete Barbara “Babsi” Zangerl cranking out sport crags in Austria this Spring: http://ow.ly/1S3hb
  • – “Women With Altitude” a film about women breaking the cycle of domestic violence by climbing in the Bolivian Andes: http://ow.ly/1R7FS

First Ascents

  • – American Alpine Journal report on Majka Burhardt’s first ascent of Southern Crossing, a V 5.11+ on the Orabeskopf Face of Brandberg, Namibia last summer http://ow.ly/1S3ra

Fun stuff

  • – The most effective ways to bring along booze in the backcountry: http://ow.ly/1Rege
  • – The AAC is hiring – are you up to the task?: http://ow.ly/1QmmX
  • – Great opportunity for kids to take part in Outdoor Youth Summit June 19-20 in NYC; limited travel scholarships available: http://ow.ly/1PIlX
  • – HERA Climb for Life Colorado coming up June 11-12:http://ow.ly/1OcP2

What did we miss? Please let us know in the comments section below and we will make sure to share it!