A Renaissance of Return

As many of you know, when Head Chick Kim Reynolds takes off her helmet, harness and crampons, she is a Certified Life Coach. She recently wrote the below article which started my wheels turning, so I thought you all would enjoy as well.

I have to admit that I’ve had some challenges lately, a few setbacks that have taken the wind out Groupof my sails and shaken my confidence. It is my nature to be upbeat and positive; I have the ability to dig deep and navigate through difficulties, yet this time I’m having trouble picking myself up. Be it mid-life or menopause, there is a natural shift that is occurring, and on some level, I feel fixed in this change.

I am experiencing an inevitable cycle of life that we don’t usually talk about. We ignore it because we are uncomfortable making adjustments to what we become used to. During the recent months I lost touch with my core values, and the ways of life that have always brought me joy. So, I took stock and thought, “I’m ready for something really good to happen, something that will propel me forward.”

Over time I’ve continued to pile on more responsibilities, and am fully accountable for obligations I’ve initiated. Sometimes I just want to run away from it all, but instead, I head into the mountains. This time, it was an opportunity to work for Outward Bound in Marble, Colo., where I instructed my first field course in more than 20 years.  In this course, we put everything we need for a week on our backs and go out into the wilderness. During this time the students learn how to navigate and use a map, cook yummy one-pot dinners and set up shelters in the pouring rain. We crossed a 13,000 foot pass with full packs, got lost and climbed a peak – a natural environment for leadership and team building. I almost forgot how much our students get out of this wilderness experience!

At the start though, I was nervous. I loaded my pack with what I needed and hoped I wouldn’t feel too rusty, I even voiced my concern. Much to my delight, everything I learned over the past 37 years as a leader came flooding back to me, and I felt completely at home. I experienced a profound recollection accompanied by utter joy. I could clearly remember just exactly what it was that had me captivated with this job for so many years.

One night we were camped high in an amazing lightning storm that was much too close for comfort – I feared for our safety but felt the aliveness of the moment, the beauty and fierceness of the passing storm, the light and the calm that followed.  It was a rare opportunity to be fully present, far away from my responsibilities or worries at home. And the realization struck me: these are the moments that define the wild and untamed places, that cause me to fall to my knees with complete humility and awe.

And with the flood of innate joy I felt during this wilderness leadership experience, my confidence was renewed and my sense of purpose restored.

Why is that? Where did it go?

I think I just got caught up in the complexities of life and it was simply time to lighten my load, and reconnect to what is most important. It is indeed a strange luxury to want so much out of life and when I simply return to the purity of nature, I seem to be able to sort things out and my life just makes sense again.

It’s important for me to surround myself with people and places that inspire me to wake up, tap in and thrive. It reminds me of this poem:

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

-David Whyte

What I am describing is a renaissance, a reemergence and reawakening of something fundamental to my life: simplicity, connection, truth, purpose, passion and inspiration. The remembering is coming home and returning to what is most familiar and important to me. It’s my reference point, my compass pointing to true north. It’s important for me to slow down and appreciate the journey thus far. I believe that there are no coincidences – if I ask for what I want and follow the cues – my chance will come, not by chance at all.

Kim Reynolds is a Certified Life Coach living in Ridgway, Colorado. To learn more about coaching, call 970-623-2442. Read more: kimreynoldslifecoach.com

The Evolution of Dreams

As many of you know, when Head Chick Kim Reynolds takes off her helmet, harness and crampons, she is a Certified Life Coach.  She recently wrote the below article which started my wheels turning, so I thought you all would enjoy as well.

prayer flagsThe information highway is ever-expanding and there seems to be no limit to the material available on the internet.  My friends and family often send me links to articles they think will pique my interest, and I even still get an occasional newspaper article in the mail from my dad. Recently, I received a blog post called “10 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams,” and since I want to be intentional about this next phase of my life, I decided to review the column in hopes of insight and inspiration.

I read the 10 statements and it was easy to agree with all of them. However, I noticed the scale was tipped toward the twenty- to thirty-year-old perspective. It is clear that as I evolve, so do my dreams and my approach to them. This particular article is anchored in personal achievements and getting somewhere, that lively conquer-the-world kind of spirit. I appreciate this type of tenacity, yet I am simply observing that I just don’t have that same edge anymore. Over time my edge has softened and my approach to the world has naturally morphed into something new. I don’t want to conquer anything or anyone, anymore.

I’d like to play with a few examples from the list to illustrate how my viewpoints and approach to following my dreams has matured:

Article: They (who follow their dreams) create their own rules instead of fitting into society’s norms. They make decisions from a place of what they want to have instead of what they think they can have.

Kim: I think there is a natural period of disobedience when following rules, and norms just aren’t very appealing. This comes earlier in life when we are seeking individuality and putting our unique stamp on the world. Some of us hold onto this longer than others. It’s out of respect and going with the flow of life that we learn to do the right thing by operating within the guidelines of the structure that has been created for us. If we didn’t have regulations, we’d have chaos. Simply put, most humans just aren’t disciplined enough to stay in alignment with what is right and what is wrong.

I also see a form of entitlement with this generation around the things they want – setting themselves up for instant success instead of having to work towards a goal. There is a deeper sense of appreciation when we put in the mileage to slowly progress up the ladder of life. I think the digital world has offered an illusion that everything is at our fingertips and we can access it quickly, right now.

Article: They (who follow their dreams) see life as a game. Having this vision of life opens up space for playfulness and creativity instead of limitation. This also cultivates qualities of resilience, problem solving and confidence that helps them take risks to get to the next big place.

Kim: Life can hold a wonderful sense of fun and innocence that naturally begins to dim as we age and occasionally get ‘run over’ by life experiences. It is a sacred space to be in and appreciate; we are meant to be filled with joy and a sense of unlimited possibility. This is always available to us and yet we have to learn to navigate the unexpected bumps in the road with this being the true place of creativity, resilience and problem solving.

We gain confidence through our successes and learn profound lessons from our mistakes. There also comes a time when life circumstances become more immediate and we are faced with our changing bodies, aging parents, a shift in energy, interests and even finances. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t feel like a “game” anymore. It feels like I have really had to step up and be the best I have ever been as I get older and honestly, this is not easy and I want to approach this with as much humility and grace I can muster.

Article: They (who follow their dreams) have teachers, mentors and role models. Having teachers increases their awareness. Having role models and mentors helps them quickly identify where they’re stuck so that they can immediately change their results.

Kim: It can be a pivotal experience in life to have someone we respect and admire point us in the direction we want to travel. A role model can inspire and give us new tools, they inherently hold us accountable for what we want. The shift for me is wanting to mentor and encourage people to shine and be their best. To live my life with the integrity and inspiration that will pave the way for others to go beyond. That, to me, is true evolution.

In closing, it feels important to me to honor change and look at it directly instead of trying to skirt around it. Avoiding the inevitable usually backfires, hardens us and causes resentment. Acceptance and creating new dreams is a place of peace, self-actualization and learning – it is the act of following the water that is flowing downstream.

Kim Reynolds is a Certified Life Coach living in Ridgway Colorado. To learn more about coaching, call 970-623-2442. Read more on her website.

What if you tried just one new thing today?

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Photo by Dawn Glanc

We recently caught up with Devil’s Lake alum, Kathryn Colestock-Burke.  Not only was she an amazing lady to have in our clinics, she also has some great lessons on life we can all learn from.  Learn more about her and her experience at Chicks in her blog. Speaking to her blog followers she says something that I find wonderful and inspiring, “Most of you would not find delight in perching on a centimeter-wide lip of rock, groping for invisible hand-holds. But… what if you tried just one new thing today?”

First & Last Name: Kathryn Colestock-Burke

Years climbing: a few, off and on

If you aren’t climbing, you’re: exploring the backcountry of Utah

If you could choose any climbing partner, it would be: my fiance’

Favorite climbing snack: Peanut M&M’s

The piece of gear I can’t live without is: my helmet!!!

Favorite climb/adventure since Chicks Devil’s Lake: Owl Rock, Arches NP, Utah

Girly Guide at Chicks Clinic: Dawn Glanc

Best advice for climbing in at Devil’s Lake: be open to learning from EVERYBODY — the collective wisdom is breathtaking.

Why you attended Chicks: to push myself out of my comfort zone, to learn new techniques, to get un-stuck. Plus, it was my birthday! Unforgettable gift to myself!

New technique learned at Devil’s Lake Clinic: Well, if you count the moment when I roared/growled at the obtrusive knob of rock trying to intimidate me… and found new strength thereafter…

Part of the clinic that surprised you: how wonderful the food was! how sweet the gear in the goodie bag was! how helpful every single girly guide was!

Most helpful item in your Chicks goodie bag: Buff!

Why do you climb? To solve problems and to conquer something within my own mind — as well as hanging out with some very inspiring buddies.

It’s not too late – sign up for our Devil’s Lake clinic today!

“What I’ve Learned” – Head Chick Featured in Rock and Ice

Kim Reynolds, our Founder and Head Chick, is featured in the February edition of Rock and Ice.  Learn more about Kim’s inspirations and adventures as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and ice-climbing guru!

“I grew up on Christmas Lake in Minnesota and had plenty of territory to explore.  During my grade-school years, we drove the family station wagon to Colorado four times and I decided my fate from the back of that station wagon.  I was going to climb mountains, be a ski patroller, and live in a log cabin when I grew up.”

Click here to read the full article.

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Author of Women Who Dare to Present Jan 27

WomenWhoDareWe recently caught up with Chris Noble, author of Women Who Dare: North America’s Most Inspiring Women Climbers.  Of course, you can see just from the title why Chicks loves this book, but it also happens to feature some of our Girly Guides.  In addition, Chris will be presenting in Ouray during our Sampler clinic.  The presentation is Monday, Jan 27 at the Ouray Community Center and is open to the public so please join us!

Why did you write Women Who Dare?

The short answer is because I love women and I love climbing.  Together, the two make an irresistible combination.

The broader answer is that I’ve been working with women athletes for years and I feel that too often women do not receive the same level of media attention their male counterparts do.  Case in point, no one had produced a book that examines the climbing lifestyle from a woman’s perspective.

Why climbing?  What’s the appeal?

My work is all about re-connecting people with nature. I believe the earth is literally dying due to our lack of connection.

I also believe that a fully realized human life (whether one is male or female), requires not only a strong, regular dose of nature—but liberal injections of adventure, challenge, courage, commitment, and community as well— and climbing is one of the few activities remaining that offer us all those benefits combined.

I love the realm of adventure and the people who make their homes there.  I want to help those individuals share their stories, their struggles, their passions, and what they’ve learned.

And I want to inspire readers to find their own personal connection with the wild, to follow their own hearts, and become the hero of their own stories.  In fact, I would say modern Americans are starved for heroism and meaning in their lives, a need pop culture does little to satisfy.  Instead, our culture tells us the opposite, that rather than heroes, we are at most needy little consumers, and that if we feel something lacking, the best we can do— is to go shopping.

What did you learn from writing Women Who Dare?

The biggest thing I learned was to fully embrace my own inner climber.  By spending time with the women profiled in the book I realized I was still partially operating under an outdated point of view inherited from my parents— that climbing and similar activities are something we eventually grow out of.

But the women profiled in Women Who Dare clearly demonstrate the power of embracing one’s passions, and what can be accomplished when we do.  In fact, as Britanny Griffith points out in her chapter, if one orients all the different aspects of life around a central axis such as climbing, then all the other spokes of the wheel— relationship, career, community— are much more likely to properly align.  Most of us do the opposite. We push our passions off to the side, then wonder why nothing else is working.

The second big lesson I learned was how open and unguarded women are when it comes to climbing.  Unlike men, they are not continually trying to shield their egos.

Why don’t men ask questions?  Because they don’t want anyone to know that they don’t know… everything!

But again and again, the women I interviewed talked about how they are continually asking questions, how they are endlessly striving to learn more, about climbing, and about life.  These are some of the most accomplished climbers in the world, but they are not resting on their laurels, not hiding behind their reputations or accomplishments.  They are not afraid to admit their fears and weaknesses.  In fact, these women demonstrate that the best way to overcome a weakness is to first acknowledge what it is, and second to address it directly.  In that way, women are far more courageous than men.

What was the biggest challenge in producing the book?

By far the biggest challenge was scheduling.  Herding cats is a cinch compared to trying to get full time climbers (who will jet off on a new adventure at a moment’s notice), to commit to a date then stick with it.  The flipside however, was that once they did commit, everyone profiled in the book was a consummate professional, and gave 100% if their time, attention, and talent to making the project a success.

Resolutions: Self-Improvement or Us-Improvement

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2013 Chicks with Picks – Women climbing with women for women

I don’t know why we can’t resolve to improve ourselves any day of the year, but today, I’m taking a moment to celebrate the New Year by defining my resolution.  Sure, I need to train more, read more, complain less, organize my life, eat better, among countless other things, but I recently read a stat that made me forget about self improvement and focus on “us” improvement.

Women invest 90% of their income in their families and communities (WorldBank.org).  This is an astounding and almost overwhelming stat.  While we may not all fit exactly in that percentage, the point is, caring for others is in our blood.  So, I resolve to care more for others.  It’s as simple as that.  Each month, I will do something to help empower women, so they can empower more women, and more gets invested into communities.

Chicks recognizes this; it is even part of our mission – Women climbing with women FOR women. Yes, climbing, by nature is an internal sport, but it doesn’t always have to be.

As both a Chicks with Picks and Chicks Rock! alum, I understand that there is so much more to the clinics than just climbing.  Yes, it is inspiring that women are climbing with women because we bond; we encourage, cheer and laugh at each other, but what is even more amazing is that during a Chicks clinic we are climbing FOR women.

The Chicks community cares for women, and the caring goes past the crag. We inspire each other to look outside ourselves and give back to the larger community.  Over the past 15 years, Chicks Climbing has hosted a series of public events that have raised $175,000 for The Tri-County women’s shelter in Montrose, Colorado – currently, we are their largest donor.  The next fundraiser is January 17 –  so, for my resolution, I resolve to do everything I can in January to help Chicks raise even more money for this shelter.  Who knows what February might bring!

PS:
In addition to the women’s shelter, Chicks started an endowment fund for The Ouray Ice Park where we teach our clinics – to date, we have raised $15,000 for this incredible resource.  Chicks is now reaching out to food kitchens, shelters and other organizations within the regions we run our women’s rock climbing clinics, including Devil’s Lake, New River Gorge and Red Rocks, Nevada, among others.

Written by: Tori Barnett

Last Ascents – Ted Talk with Kitty Calhoun

Below is excerpt from Kitty Calhoun’s recent Ted Talk entitled Last Ascents.  Watch the video to see all of her amazing presentation.

I’m morphing, changing from one role to another.  But I needed something in my life that didn’t change.  Something that was permanent.  Until I found God, I found that in the mountains.  The mountains have been used as my techer for over 30 years and it’s hard to admit that mountains are changing but they are.  I’m here to tell a story about a Last Ascent.  A route that I climbed that may not get a repeat because of climate change.  It’s hard to admit that the mountains are changing but they are.  We may or may not be able to affect climate change, but I think we should at least try and I have a new approach.

Initially I wasn’t interested in climbing at all, because I was afraid of heights.  But I went to Outward Bound and rock climbing was part of the course.  I learned my fear would dissipate if I would just focus on the next move that I needed to make to move upward.

Climbing was totally engaging.  At a certain point I wanted to as Thoreau would say, “suck the marrow out of life.”  To live each day as if it were my last day on Earth.  I went to the University of Vermont and I learned to ice climb, afterward, I lived to climb.

Learn how Kitty’s ascents all over the world shaped her views on climate change, minimalism, micro-goals vs. micro-possessions and our relationship with the mountains in her Ted Talk – Last Ascents.

Reflections of a Jack of All – Kitty Calhoun

Diverse Movement Skills Needed For Diverse Rock
by Girly Guide and master mountaineer Kitty Calhoun

Kitty Calhoun on crack at Indian Creek

Kitty exploring the rock at Indian Creek. Photo by Kelsey McMaster

I was leaning back off a hanging belay 200 feet up the North Face of Castleton and watching as my partner, Jen Olsen, maneuvered her way up a steep, wide sandstone crack with all the precision of a Swiss watch.  As the jam gave way to an undercling, she placed a cam and then reached around the overhang and moved into a layback.  Nice!  It would soon be my lead and I would have a pitch that required some route finding on the face above to find the easiest, most protectable line, and then the next set of fixed anchors.  Neither of us had done this multi-pitch trad route before, so it was an adventure that required multiple skills that I had not been using much recently.  Sure, I had been rock climbing all spring, but it had been single-pitch sport climbing – which is different.

You might think that with all the single-pitch rock climbing I had done in the two weeks prior, that I would be sending some hard routes.  But no.  The fact is I had been climbing in a different area, on a different type of rock, almost every time I went out.  It had become obvious to me that each type of rock has different features that are predominant and these features require a different type of movement skill.  So, if you think you are going to walk to a cliff and climb at the same level you do on your home turf, think again.  The brain engrams need time to remember the body positions most effective given the arrangement of the rock features.  For example, we have a secret area near my home that is face climbing on vertical sandstone.  Many of the moves require you to reach high with both hands, run your feet up vertical, smooth rock until you can turn one hand into a mantel.  The other hand searches for a layback hold so you can bring a foot up onto the ledge and pull your weight over it.

Manteling, however, does not work so well on overhanging limestone.  Limestone tends to have solution pockets and often times you work your feet up high and reach into an undercling.  Once you have the hold and stand up on your high feet, the hold becomes useful – and you get to use different muscles (pulling up rather than pulling down).

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Kitty showing movement skills on quartzite at Devil’s Lake.

Then there is quartzite.  Often quartzite is smooth with downward sloping holds and sharp vertical edges.  So what engrams to use for this?  You guessed it – lots of body tension.  You use a lot of side-pulls and turn sideways so you can lay-away.  At the same time, if you do not keep pressure on your foot that you are pushing with, it will skate off the rock.

Have any of you tried cobblestone?  These holds tend to be more open-grip.  Most people are used to crimpers and the thought of grasping tennis-ball holds feels insecure.  I

try to remember not to rush the moves and that subtle shifts in balance will make the tennis ball feel good enough if I stay focused and trust.

Alas, all I was missing that couple of weeks was a jaunt on granite.  I still remember the run-outs on low-angle slabs.  You have to trust your feet, but the rock usually has really good texture.  The problem is… you have to trust your feet.  Maybe that’s why the saying, “friends don’t let friends climb slabs”.  Fortunately, not all granite is slabbish.

Then I hear Jen yell, “off belay”.  That was quick.  Now there is a girl who is truly a Master of All.  You go girl.

Keeping Promises & Climbing Ice

In 2008, at 22 years young and just out of college, I accepted a science teacher position in a very small town in Central Texas at an outdoor school. I only knew one other person, experienced major city-to-country culture shock, and really wasn’t sure how things would work out. After spending my first few weeks in a constant feeling of regret, loneliness, and uncertainty about the path I chose, I realized it was then that I had to begin embracing opportunities to meet new people and embark on adventures. Rather than sulk in a never-ending cycle of regret, I made a promise to myself that would change my life forever. From that moment on, I would embrace uncertainty, welcome new adventures, and say “YES!” and sometimes “HECK YES!” to opportunities which would get me out of my comfort zone, teach me to be a better teacher and person, and expand my brain, body, heart, and soul.

Taking in the view on the “Million Dollar Highway”

Almost five years later and many promises kept, Kim Reynolds, Chicks Climbing, and Eddie Bauer First Ascent entered my life.

Staying warm in First Ascent layers!

Growing up and living in Texas is a beautiful thing, but we miss out on some of the more adventurous sports. Everything is bigger in Texas, except for ice climbing. It was only something I read about on the internet or saw in magazines until I had the chance to attend “The Quickie” clinic with Chicks Climbing in Ouray, Colorado, thanks to Eddie Bauer First Ascent. They sponsored me to participate in the clinic from February 1-3, 2013 AND they even outfitted me with the most comfortable, cute, and functional items of clothing for the trip that kept me warm and toasty all weekend!

Our group, ready to climb!

We stayed at the Ouray Victorian Inn during the clinic and Jan was so welcoming. The Inn is newly remodeled, luxurious, and a huge sponsor of Chicks with Picks. We settled into the Breakfast Room at the Inn on Friday evening to meet the Girly Guides, get fitted with demo gear from so many great companies and sponsors, and meet our climbing partners for the weekend. Each woman that attended the clinic was not only athletic and adventurous, but a professional in her career. To say that the room was radiating inspiration and exhilaration would be an understatement. We ate, laughed, learned, and prepared for our first day on the ice.

Scottish Gullies

The hike to the Ouray Ice Park was breathtaking and the sound of snow crunching under my feet was glorious music to my “70-degree weather in February in Texas” ears! Once we were suited up and down in the gorge, a sudden fear of falling began to make its way from my feet and up into my head. Dawn Glanc, a professional climber and guide, was our leader for the weekend and she patiently taught us how to swing our axes, dig our crampons into the ice, and practice our form so that we could give it our best and calm our fears on about 8 different routes. We started our journey in Scottish Gullies and ended the weekend in the Schoolroom.

Day 2 in the Schoolroom

On my 2nd attempt to summit a route, my worst fear occurred about half way up and I lost my footing…and my tools! Swinging from the rope and gliding over the ice like a pendulum, while trying to keep my breakfast and my heart from jumping out of my mouth, wasn’t exactly how I had pictured my first day. My mental toughness and physical abilities were put to the test. The ladies in my group were so encouraging and even though I can’t recall what they were saying, I know they were cheering me to keep on going. For the first time in a long time, my tendency to be stubborn became a strength and I was able to dig into the ice, grab onto my tools, and climb up to the top. When Dawn lowered me to the ground, Kim stood next to me and looked me directly in the eye. She didn’t say a word; she just gave me a high-five and smiled.

It was the most powerful gesture I’ve ever received.

The Schoolroom, Ouray Ice Park

The women in our “Quickie” group were fantastic! We had multiple climbers who reached the ascents of the routes numerous times. They were so graceful and it was truly an art watching them climb and reach the top. My second day of climbing wasn’t as full of summits as I had hoped, but standing more than 20 feet off the ground was a huge accomplishment!

On the ice, there was a moment where nothing else in the world mattered except the area directly in front of me. I was intensely focused on “one pick, two feet” and my head was cleared of all of the daily stress and thoughts that cloud my vision. It was the most liberating and intense moment of my life. Suddenly, within a group of people, I was free to just exist and be in the moment. I will forever be searching for that moment and when it crosses my path again, I will allow myself to immerse in it for as long as I can.

Girly Guides & the Head Chick take the last bow of the 2013 Chicks with Picks season

Learning from and climbing with women was a new experience and I can see why so many women are drawn to Chicks with Picks. You are immediately welcomed into a community, bonded together because you have a love for adventure and can share your feelings and fears in a supportive environment. That’s right, you can laugh or cry and there are no negative consequences, just kind hearts. It truly is a beautiful thing to experience adventure with a group of women and I am inspired to gather some girlfriends and hit the trails in Texas to camp, hike, and maybe try rock climbing! Maybe we’ll invite our boyfriends, too! My goal in life is to get more people to go outside, especially more women who look like me. The outdoors is a place for everyone.

Thank you Chicks Climbing, First Ascent, Ivan Levin from Outdoor Nation, and Cassie Cox from Texas Outdoor Family for your support.

This experience has boosted my confidence, self-esteem, and love for adventure and I am forever grateful.

Victoria is a PhD student and elementary science teacher in Texas. She loves spending time with family, her boyfriend, and her two awesome dogs. A lover of the outdoors, she tries to get connected with nature through hiking, camping, and kayaking in North Texas. She is a member of Outdoor Nation and recently won a $2,500 grant to take underserved families camping for their very first time in Texas state parks with her project, North Texas Kids Outside (http://www.ntkidsoutside.org/). She loves to travel, get dirt beneath her fingernails, teach children, and inspire others to get outside.

What will Chicks be like?

Girly Guide Angela Hawse recently returned to her home state – West Virginia – to teach some amazing gals how to climb at the New River Gorge Girly Gathering.

Among the attendees was a childhood friend of Angela’s, who like many that are thinking of coming out to their first Chicks Clinic, was a bit nervous about what to expect.

Here is what Angela wrote to her – and what I, as a Chick who has attended Chicks with Picks and Chicks Rock! events can say from personal experience is true of our events!

Angela’s Chicks in the New!

Expect…
A warm, friendly greeting.

Lots of other women wondering what to expect and feeling anxious

Experienced, friendly guides

Giggles, and good times

To be safe and taught how to be safe but not expected to retain everything

To be watched like a hawk in case you do something silly that might get you in trouble! ha ha ha!

To be encouraged, cheered on, laughed at, awed and inspired

To be proud, frustrated, scared, tired, psyched and surprised at yourself and others

To discover things within yourself that you never knew you had

To experience one of the most beautiful places in WV with other appreciative women

To have more fun than anyone else you know!!

That’s just a sneak preview!!

I think Angela has wonderfully captured the spirit of our Chicks events – the laughter and camaraderie you experience even if you show up knowing NO-ONE is true every single time. Believe me, you will be leaving with lifelong friends!

Our last Chicks Rock! event is coming up in just a few weeks – our annual fall trip to Red Rock Oct. 18-21, with an optional multi-pitch day Oct. 22. We additionally have a new option for a stay in the “Chicks Chalet” which you can read all about here.

After that, we are all done for 2012, but have big plans for our Chicks with Picks ice climbing clinics in January. So please take a look at our schedule and come climb with us and see what it’s all about! I promise, you will NOT regret it 🙂