Red Rock wrap up!

Tape gloves! Photo by Dawn Glanc.

Chicks Rock! wrapped up the rock climbing season with the fall Red Rock clinic hosted by Dawn Glanc and Kitty Calhoun.

The clinic was a complete success. Six women came to Vegas to enjoy the warm sun and amazing rock climbing.

The weather was perfect, each day was sunny with little to no wind.

The Chicks in attendance had three solid days of climbing, experiencing both face climbing and crack climbing.

Each chick came with her own set of goals and each her goal and exceeded her expectations of ability.

It was a great weekend and an excellent way to wrap up the rock season.

– Dawn Glanc

*We have been collecting photos from the Chicks who attended the Red Rock clinic and compiling an album which you can check out here on Facebook or on Flickr here.*

– Emily trusting her feet. Photo by Dawn Glanc.

– Sarah sending the crux. Photo by Dawn Glanc

– Red Rock scenery. Photo by Dawn Glanc.

What’s next for Chicks? Ice climbing in just a few months! Here’s what we have planned:

The Sampler
Jan. 13–16, check out the 17th

The Complete
Jan. 25–29, check out the 30th

The Quickie
Feb. 3-5, check out morning of the 5th

The Graduate
Feb. 3-6, check out the 7th

We hope to see lots of you out in Ouray! Please contact us at Chicks if you’ve got any questions or want to sign up for a clinic. 🙂

Some inspiring Chicks!

Here’s a video of some kickass First Ascent Chicks sent in by Girly Guide Caroline George. These Chicks are climbing big mountains, scaling some impressive water ice and ripping it downhill. Check it out, and enjoy!

Chicks talk Chicks – feedback from Girly Gathering in the Dacks

The following is a feedback form one of the Chicks that attended our Sterling Rope-sponsored Girly Gathering in the Dacks filled out that REALLY captured the weekend event of 15 Chicks, 4 guides, 2 assistants, and the Head Chick in the heart of the Keene Valley.

First though I want to thank you for putting on such an exceptional clinic!!!  It is no small feat to have such a terrific gathering flow so seamlessly and you make it all appear so effortless.  Your guidance and vision for a women’s gathering is truly unique and elevates the total experience to a completely different learning level.  My guess is that many of your climbers come away with the huge bonus of valuable personal insights, growth and reflections on life, certainly that was my experience and thank you for that gift, it is very much appreciated!

Clinic Questionnaire 
1. Was the pre-clinic material helpful?  Did you feel prepared for the clinic?
All the preparatory information on the website was excellent from clothing lists, directions to the meeting spot and accommodation details.  Everything was right on point and gave me all the details I needed to plan the trip.

2.  How was the overall Chicks Rock experience?
The total package was amazing!  I arrived expecting to learn neat stuff about rock climbing, which I did, but the clinic was so much more than that.  Just the opportunity to hear the comments and stories from the incredibly talented guides and other climbers would have been worth the clinic price on it’s own.

3.  What did you enjoy most about the clinic?
Gotta say I loved the opportunity to climb on such beautiful rock!  A close second was the ability to connect and learn from other women, both guides and climbing chicks.. .there was a ton of fun stuff to take in.

4.  What could we do better next time?
Option of a three or maybe a four-day clinic.

 5.  Please comment on your guide.
Our guides are way beyond AWESOME!!!  They were generous, positive, always on top of what was happening technically and socially.  Those women are an inspiration, incredibly talented, fun to be with and they worked so hard to make sure we experienced the best of what’s out there!

6.  How was the camp scene ?
Loved everything about the camp set up.  Wonderful sites for gathering for the meals which were delicious.  For those of us that tented, the location and camaraderie was great.  From the online description of the camping area, I thought there might be some traffic noise but the only noise I heard was the babbling water gurgles of the river – lovely.  All this within walking distance of a coffee stop!

7.  How did the schedule work for you?
The schedule worked great.  Everything was well thought out, paced and did run like clockwork as promised.

8.  What was your highpoint?
Looking up at the rock on the first day, seeing the sunlight make the rock glow all pink and sparkly against some acrid green moss and thinking how lucky am I to have the opportunity to climb this!!!  Truly a wonderful blessing.

9.  What was your low point?
When the lightening and thunder started and we had to pack up and leave.

10.  Please share with us any other comments or ideas for next time..
I would like the opportunity to watch some of the higher level climbers or guides climb although I wouldn’t want to take away from any of our group climbing time.  I’ve never seen women climb in real life on rock except in our group… something else to look forward to.

Kim, also thank you for the serious swag you gathered from your sponsors!  Love the Julbo sunglasses, so cool!!  I feel like I am channeling the awesomely fierce chick on your Chicks Rock logo when I put them on.

MANY THANKS once again for everything!!!!!

🙂 Check out the photo gallery compiled from many of our Dacks Chicks here on our Facebook page to see more of the fun we had in New York!

We have one more Sterling Rope-sponsored Girly Gathering coming up at the New Sept. 23-25, you can check out all the details here!

Finally, our last Chicks Rock! event of the season is going to be back at Red Rock Canyon, Oct. 20-23, with an optional multi-pitch day Oct. 24. This will be your last chance to rock out with Chicks before ICE season! 

What the Chicks are saying about Devil’s Lake

As our Devil’s Lake Chicks have made their way home after a FUN weekend of climbing, we are compiling photos and testimony from their experience because no-one can really tell you what a clinic is like better than a Chick! Here are some of the wonderful comments we’ve gotten already!

Devils Lake 2011. WOW! I went alone nudging myself outside of my comfort zone. What I came back with is immeasurable. So amazing how the nuances of climbing translate SO much to our personal lives. I am SO grateful to have the opportunity to hang with such amazing mentors. Thank you for giving me the confidence to dig a little deeper. All I can say is, WOW! I miss you all already!!

Tracey Wierman

Just wrapped up Chicks Climbing weekend at Devils Lake! What an experience! All the guides are beautiful strong women, everyone was so inspirational! Chicks rock! An experience that was priceless! Thank you so much for a tough weekend of climbing, for pushing me out of my comfort zone, for being YOU!

– Kimberly Sprecher

Thanks for a weekend of new friends, camaraderie, badass women and phenomenal climbing! All you women climbers out there … don’t miss out on the chance to hang with Chicks Climbing! This organization is outstanding, and getting to know a community of women climbers along with my super cool daughter just rocked. I’ll be back on another Chicks Climbing trip asap!

– Melissa McPheeters

What an awesome weekend. Thanks, Chicks. Had a blast. So inspired by all the women this weekend!

– Lydia Whitehead

I have bruises in places I didn’t know had touched the rock, but it was all quite good fun. Thanks, Chicks!

– Sarah Pfatteicher

 Do you have something to add? Make sure to e-mail it to me at chicksclimbing[at]gmail.com along with any links to photo albums you would like to share as well!

Thanks to all of our Chicks for making it a wonderful weekend! 🙂

 

Chicks sighting in Chamonix!

We’ve got a Chicks sighting to report from Europe!

Girly Guide Caroline George sent in this picture of Chicks alumna Caroline Doucet on the midi plan traverse in Chamonix, proudly showing off her “Kiss My Axe” sticker:

Thank you Caroline for sending it in!

Now that we have a bunch of brand new Chicks alumnae after Devil’s Lake, we’ll be looking forward to seeing even more Chicks sightings 🙂

Update: Caroline has sent in more pics from her climbing with Caroline Doucet this week in Chamonix:
Cosmiques Ridge (and proudly sporting the Chicks with Picks sticker on her helmet!)

Cosmiques Ridge

Midi-Plan Traverse


Vallee Blanche Traverse


Vallee Blanche Traverse

 

Top of the Lower 48, Top of my Bucket List

Mount Whitney trip report by Terri Barry

“There is no better kind of friend than one who sees you in your better light and more or less expects that of you.”
– Pat Ament



I started my climbing life at Pipeworks Gym, Sacramento, in 2007. I was a 50-year-old grandmother. I was instantly hooked. Hopelessly hooked after my first outdoor climb. Climbing the East Buttress Route on Mount Whitney rose to the top of my climbing bucket list almost immediately after I started multi-pitch trad climbing in October 2009. The clean line, highest peak in the lower 48, what’s not to like. I, however, did not expect to have the opportunity to climb it so early in the climbing career. I had the great fortune to meet a climbing partner in March 2010 who would turn out to be essentially my trad climbing mentor. Jason fits the quote above. From the first multi-pitch climb we did together, Scheister 5.7 on Sugarloaf, his quiet demeanor allowed me to climb at my best. I had taken enough trad classes to spot a partner I could trust. That is why in October 2010 when he mentioned he wanted to do Mt. Whitney I didn’t hesitate to say I would do it with him. Even when the date had to be moved from mid-September 2011 to June 2011, in a season of 150% of normal snowfall. The second week of June 2011 heavy snow pack began at Lower Boy Scout Lake (10,300 ft) in the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek drainage. So, ok, crampons and ice ax, check.

We set the dates of the trip for June 10–15. The plan: acclimate June 10–12, climb first the Mountaineers Route on June 13 followed by the East Buttress 5.7 (11 Pitches) on June 14, hike out June 15. We were a party of 3, me, Jason, and his friend, Ramsay. One of the happiest aspects of this trip is that I met Ramsay, a remarkable woman who brought to the trip her own positive inputs. One of which was to suggest changing the game plan to skip climbing the Mountaineers Route and jump directly on the East Buttress so we wouldn’t burn out the first day. Yea Ramsay! I’m certain that if we had climbed the Mountaineers Route first we would not have done the East Buttress.

 

 

We slept at Whitney Portal June 10 and hiked in June 11. The hike to Upper Boy Scout Lake is on the climbers trail that branches off the main Mt. Whitney Trail.

As any climber knows, climber trails have no switchbacks – it’s straight up, as the crow flies, shortest tangent to where you want to be. North Fork of Lone Pine Creek is steep and rocky. Although I have backpacked extensively, the hike was the hardest I have even encountered. I am a beta junky and was pretty obsessed about negotiating the Escherbacher Ledges with a heavy backpack on. Jason was kind enough to take my backpack over the ledges for me. For sure they were simple without the load but one weight shift I couldn’t control with the backpack on and I’d be tumbling off the edge. Thank you Jason!

 

 

The snow pack started just above Lower Boy Scout Lake. Basically it was all snow all the way to the base of the climb. We did find dry ground to camp on at Upper Boy Scout Lake but the lake was still frozen so we got our water by walking across more snow to the stream that flows into Upper Boy Scout Lake.

 

 

June 13 we set out at 7:30 am in crampons with ice axes in hand to the base of Mt Whitney. The hike was hard. Although I had no trouble sleeping and didn’t have an elevation headache, I had to take the hike slowly. I’ve run 12 marathons, including qualifying for Boston in 2005, and then running Boston in 2007. I know how to pace. I knew I could hammer the hike if I wanted to, but then I’d be no good on the climb. Both my lack of snow experience and the elevation slowed me down, and by default, I slowed the group down. We got to the base of the climb about 10:30 am. We ended up skipping the first pitch and starting the climb at the first belay.

 

 

Ramsay led off the climbing what was the second pitch. We climbed with on 9.2mm rope. I was in the middle because I was not going to do any leading. I’m too slow and inexperienced at this point. The 3rd was tied in at the end about 25ft from me. That made for very conversational climbing, a fun change from the lonely second role I usually play! It was beautiful and moderate climbing, we were in the sun, the temperature was perfect and the wind was light. A nice surprise after forecasts on ClimbingWeather.com that ranged from a High/Low of 34/17 degrees to 45/24 degrees as the climbing day got close. I was ready to bail on the trip due to the cold forecast. Jason assured me it would be great – he was right. That experience thing again! Ramsay and Jason swapped leads, Ramsay on Pitch 2, Jason Pitch 3, Ramsay Pitch 4. At that point we decided that Jason was a faster lead, he was even climbing in his approach shoes! So starting at Pitch 5 he led the rest of the climb.

 

 

Pitch 3 was one of my favorites. The section Jason is on in the left photo above was really fun. Followed by the corner in the right hand photo. Then, the belay where Jason is sitting was very comfortable, the best the entire climb. Sitting room for both of us, in the sun, beautiful view, and cell service! I actually posted to Facebook the picture below of him while he belayed Ramsay as she led the 4th pitch. Iceberg Lake, still frozen and snow covered, is visible in the photo on the right below.

 

 

The 5th pitch is where we lost the sunshine. It wasn’t too cold at that point but we knew that it could be unpleasant if the wind picked up. Luckily the winds stayed light the entire approach, climb, and descent. Jason lead all the remaining pitches 5-11. As we climbed, Ramsay and I remarked at how steep and snowy the East Couloir of the Mountaineers Route looked. We both wondered about the descent. She had much more experience than me so I doubt she was worried. However, I had a quiet fret about the descent going on the entire climb. In fact, the descent had always been my main concern, from early planning. I had all that beta stashed in my brain…

 

 

We passed to the right side of the Pewee on Pitch 6. It is enormous! I tried to get a picture but we were too close to get it all. Then, with the shade getting longer, it was time to move. We were all thinking about the time at that point.

 

 

Pitches 7-11 all had at least one interesting/difficult move. All the beta I read indicated that after Pitch 8 the climbing should be “easy.” This was not the case. I think the interesting traverse shown in the left hand picture below was on Pitch 7. This was a very fun and exposed traverse. I have no fear of exposure if I’m seconding so I took a moment to look about 800ft straight down. It was totally awesome. What I climb for!

 


 

The ledge after the traverse pictured above was huge so we took a second for a group shot before climbing on.

 

 

Pitches 10 and 11 were actually some of the most difficult. There was a move on each that seemed in the 5.8 difficulty. I don’t think it was because I was tired. We were climbing on very large blocks and big moves were sometimes required to move upward. We were all pretty cold at that point. Ramsay and I were joking about going “towards the Light” because we could see Jason standing in what little sunlight was left just above us on the last pitch.

 

 

Finally, after the last few 3rd/4th class moves we were on top with Jason. Yeah! And. Uh Oh – It’s 7 p.m. and we are all out of food and water. Not a lot of glory time, no time to call my husband, no tourists on top to say “Hey, where did you come from?” Or take a group shot of us. A couple of quick photos, sign the log, coil the rope. Time to boogey. Find the Mountaineers Route for the descent.

 


 

Finding the Mountaineer Route was easy. However, after looking down the very steep North Face, the snow covered crux of the Mountaineers Route, Ramsay suggested we rappel. I was definitely thinking the same thing. I seriously doubted I had the skills to negotiate facing the wall, crampon toes into the snow and descending for 600 ft. Jason agreed, especially because it was clear that other parties had done the same thing. He looked at me and said, “You know I’ll get you down safe, right?” I replied, “Of course!” There was a pre-existing snow bollard constructed. Jason dug the trench a little deeper, and assessed the integrity of the bollard, He then used his ice axe as a back-up anchor. I know I’ve made progress in the “Put the Big Girl Pants On” department because I looked at the set-up, watched what he was doing and then said, “Looks good, let’s go!” instead of needing to ask 1000 what-if questions. Of course, it also helps that it was Jason with his quiet demeanor. Ramsay rapped first, single rope, for the full rope length. She called from the bottom that there was a new looking sling and carabiner where she stopped – Sweet!!! I rapped next. While Ramsay and I were sitting at the first rap belay we watched the sun sinking behind the mountains. She remarked, “I want to be out of this gully before the sun sets.” I said, “Me too.” But I knew we had a second gully – the East Couloir, to negotiate before we could walk back to camp. I just didn’t realize how long it was. There would be no more picture taking…

 

 

The North Face to The Notch took three rappels. At each rappel there was a pre-existing new-looking anchor. Obviously, this was the common method of descent right now! At the bottom of the third rappel the footprints all disappeared. We were a little confused until we located The Notch dropping into the East Couloir . Oh, Thank God! Too many footprints to be the wrong way. Then the real work began as the sun set completely behind the mountains to the west. Time to turn the headlamps on. It would be a full moon night but the moon first had to rise enough to clear Mt. Whitney. Light from the moon was blocked until we were almost to the bottom of the East Couloir. The very top of the East Couloir was exposed rock, however, we were well aware that we would encounter snow again soon. So we scrambled across the rock and gravel with our crampons on until we hit the snow. It became clear that my lack of experience made me ridiculously slow at stepping into the existing footprints to descent so we decided to begin rappelling again. Yeah! Much faster for me. We continued the pattern of Ramsay rapping first. She began looking for a new anchor immediately. I attached to the rope as soon as she called “off rappel.” And off I went. The snow was very heterogeneous. Parts were rock hard ice and other parts were so soft that even while rapping I sunk almost to my thigh. I didn’t count how many raps we did but it had to be at least 5. Finally, we were on a slope that was easier to negotiate in our crampons, and there was the moon!

Now, began the hike back. Luckily, lots of footprints to follow. But it wasn’t much faster back than it was on the way in the morning because of being in crampons. It was one foot in front of the other for several hours. There was nothing to be done but walk back to camp. I naturally entered my “end of the marathon” mental state. It‘s a sort of suspended consciousness that allows me to physically keep moving but I shut my mind off – literally. Ramsay stayed with me while Jason went on ahead to pump water for all of us. At the last slope before camp we could see Jason’s headlamp. Suddenly, I became aware we had gone too far east. I was on rock rather than snow and the potential for walking off a cliff seemed a little too high so I stopped dead to reassess where I was. The next morning my stomach did a little flip when I realized where we were… indeed, near the cliff. But, not at the edge. Ramsay had gone even farther east. At that moment I saw Jason flash his headlamp to signal we should head west. I called Ramsay and off we went west toward the snow field. A short time later we were back in camp. Jason met us with water bottles, bless his heart. It was 2:30 a.m. First order of business for me was to get all my wet clothing off. I had been warm while walking but now I was getting cold fast. I had a wool hat, dry set of thermal underwear, and one set of chemical hand warmers left. So, I put on the hat and thermals and got in my sleeping bag. I opened the hand warmers and put them in my armpits. I warmed up immediately. I downed an energy bar and the 1 liter bottle of water and went to sleep. Ramsay and Jason were in their tent, also getting to sleep. Needless to say, we slept in!

It’s funny that the bulk of the text for this Trip Report is devoted to the descent. I’m guessing in Alpine Climbing that happens more than beginners realize. I remember watching the video about Sara Lingafelter’s climb of Mt. Rainer (RockClimberGirl.com). After they summit she looked directly into the camera and remarked that they are only half-way. They now needed to get down safe. I thought of that often, both before and during the trip. I definitely did not underestimate that part of the trip. I never feared for my life, we had things under control at all times. However, I realize that I should have brought more food and water, even if it was heavy. And there should have been pumped water ready back in camp so Jason didn’t have to go pump it when he arrived. I also realized that I almost left camp wearing every item of clothing I brought. That would have meant no dry clothes. So, I will always have dry clothes and at least one set of hand and/or body warmers back at camp.

This climb changed my life for sure. It was arguably the hardest thing I have ever done aside from 3 totally natural child births. I am so grateful that my husband is supportive of my climbing hobby, even though I know he worries more than he says. I am also grateful for the time that I got to climb with Jason before he was transferred out of Sacramento. This was our last trip for now. His mentorship has left a significant mark on my climbing. And lastly, I met Ramsay. Her companionship on the climb was invaluable. I hope we climb more together in the future. Climb On!

Terri has been a life long athlete but didn’t start climbing until age 50. That was 4 years ago and since then she has climbed anytime and anywhere she can. She is fortunate to have a wonderful group of partners developed through the Sacramento Rock Climbing Meetup group.

She also enjoys snowboarding, sculling, running, and backpacking. This is Terri’s first Trip Report. So far she has been too lazy to write a blog, but very much enjoys reading her tweeps blogs!

TWWI alumna shares her experience

As promised, today we hear from a participant of TWWI courses, “Little L”!

I am a two-time participant in the Leadership course, and both of my adventures have been life changing.  The principle value I’ve learned on my two summers with TWWI is respect:  respect for the environment, for the opinions of others, for yourself, and for women everywhere. This sense of appreciation and honor for the multifaceted beauty around me is something I take with me after my experiences in the backcountry with TWWI.

Another special thing about TWWI is the level of support you get from your trip leaders (although on the leadership course, we acknowledge that everyone in the group assumes the role of a trip leader).  My trip leaders were amazing at making sure the needs of the group were met, while also helping us expand the boundaries of our comfort zones each day.  Each girl has their personal challenges on the trip that become very apparent in the first couple of days, but through the effort of the group, each girl grows to work with and eventually overcome their challenges.

In my first year, I struggled with the altitude of the hike.  Coming from sea level in New Jersey the shift in altitude was noticeable for me.  There were times I felt horrible, wanting to give up and just stop, but being in my group I realized my hardships didn’t change the fact that we needed to reach a certain milestone for the day in order to stay on schedule.  You realize you’re not the only one with needs and you certainly don’t hold precedent over the needs of the group as a whole.

I learned to push through these difficulties, and in the process I realized just how strong I was.

That’s what TWWI does for you; it shows you the power in a group of dedicated young women, and also the power in yourself.  This year I have decided to return to Boulder to mentor young girls.

TWWI is for everyone from the first-time backpacker to the seasoned hiker.

Learn more about The Girls’ Wilderness Program here and see what Lori, “Little L’s” mother had to say about the program here.

Chicks Rock! Red Rock wrap-up

Photo by Dawn Glanc

Girly Guide Dawn Glanc wrote about our first Chicks Rock! event of the season, last weekend’s intensive three-day clinic (with an optional multi-pitch day) March 31-April 3 at Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas.

Here is Dawn’s recap of the event:

The Chicks rocked this weekend in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas.

The three day program was full of fun and laughter.

Day one we went to Moderate Mecca to get familiar with the sandstone.

Day two we hiked an hour into First Creek Canyon to climb at the Romper Room Wall. It was a great day of Crack climbing. Most  women learned how to hand jam for the first time ever.

Day three we put it all together and Climbed at Ragged Edges. It was a great weekend.

Monday was an optional multi-pitch day, four women stayed to climb with Kitty and I. I climbed Physical Graffiti with Anne and Lisa. Kitty took her ladies up Wholesome Fullback. Everyone had an adventure on that last day. It was a perfect way to end our Spring clinic in Vegas.

Thanks Dawn! You can check out photos from the clinic  (all courtesy of Dawn) in the gallery here on our Facebook page or here in our Flickr pool. And we encourage all of our Red Rocks gals to submit your photos to the pool or group page as well!

Also, make sure you check out the week-long coverage the Outdoor Women’s Alliance has been giving to the Chicks Climbing program here! They will be posting testimonial from one of our Red Rock Chicks soon! And a huge thanks to Gina over there for giving us such great coverage all week long! 🙂

“Chicks East” reunion brings back lots of familiar faces!

This past weekend, several of our Chicks with Picks alumnae gathered for a “Chicks East” reunion in North Conway, NH.

Our lovely Chicks with Picks first ever “graduate,” Cheryl Wallace, ever so graciously shared some pictures from the reunion which we’re sharing here.

Congrats to all the ladies that went out on their first lead last weekend – it’s so THRILLING to see this huge pack of Chicks climbing together, we just LOVE IT 🙂

– Kicking off the Chicks East Reunion in North Conway, NH

– “Walk in the Forest” with Chicks on lead!

– Cheryl leading “Upper Hitchcock Gully”

– Jean…not in Africa…not in Ouray Ice Park with this long, snowy approach!

– Chicks alumnae giving their own slideshows at the Nereledge Inn – yes, these alumnae have been to some pretty cool places!

– Jean, Sandy, Joanna, Cheryl, Jessica, and Jodi (Dara must have the camera!)

Thanks again Cheryl and all our other alumnae for sharing!

If YOU have recently experienced a Chicks Sighting, please let us know so we can share it 😉

Jill’s Chicks experience gives her a push outside her comfort zone, making the world a little bigger place

Chicks alumna Jill Mattoon was talked into going ice climbing for the first time by her friend Nancie, a fellow member of the Colorado Mountain Club. Jill signed up for a beginner course in Chicks With Picks and  describes her first experience on the ice, and how it has in turn inspired her daughter:

[I had] Never considered ice climbing, and in fact it was the family joke after I started climbing 14ers fairly late in life that someday I would be ice climbing in Ouray!  It was so much fun to tell the family that, no, really seriously, I was going to go ice climbing in Ouray!!!  They were horrified but not surprised.

The thing I liked best about it was that it was easier than it looked when you learned the right technique.  Just like everything, I guess.  I found it to be easier than rock climbing because, at 5 ft. 2 inches tall, it is hard to find footholds and fingerholds I can reach, but with the ice picks and crampons, I can make my own that are within reach.  It was a real stretch outside of my comfort zone of hiking, cross-country skiing, and non-roped mountain climbing.  It was a thrill to be able to do something so new and different.  Every time I do something I didn’t think I could do, the possibilities get a little bigger, and the world gets a little bigger.

I enjoyed it a lot, and after my daughter saw the photos, she decided she would try it too.  So now the two of us are coming back this year, and I’m excited to introduce her to some real outdoor adventure.  She has been watching me do all this crazy stuff over the years, and I hope that she gets bit by the bug.

We hope she does too! We’re looking forward to you and Lindsey joining us next month in Ouray!