Chicks Rock! Vegas Style

Chicks Rock! at Red Rocks took place this past weekend, Oct 1-5. The clinic was held by myself, Dawn Glanc, and my fellow Girly Guide Kitty Calhoun. The goal was to have fun and help the women become confident and competent climbers. I believe we met the goal.

The climbing clinic itself was three days long, with a final optional multi-pitch day. Of all the participants in the clinic, only one woman chose not to do the multi-pitch day. All the clinic participants had prior climbing experience, but their abilities varied. We broke into two small groups so that we could have more focused goals. Despite the iffy weather, we got three full days of climbing.

Day one we went to the Mass Production wall to work on face climbing techniques. The routes varied from 5.8-5.11b. Everyone surprised themselves with the grades they climbed. Day two we went to the Flight Path area to work on crack climbing techniques. Everyone experience the pain and joys of crack climbing. A few women even completed the 5.9+ OW crack that we had set up. Day three we went to the Willow Springs area to bring crack techniques and face climbing techniques together. That day Kitty and I saw that our work had paid off. Each woman showed incredible gains in their confidence and climbing techniques. It was awesome to see the success that each woman achieved.

The optional multi-pitch day was a great way to wrap up the clinic. Two women went with Kitty to climb Wholesome Fullback and Our Father. I climbed with two women for their first ever multi-pitch experience. We climbed Geronimo with style. It was an amazing and powerful weekend. It is always great to meet strong women who enjoy climbing. We are all walking away from this weekend as friends and climbing partners.

– Girly Guide Dawn Glanc

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