Women’s Powder Skiing Hokkaido, Japan

This trip will be a true Chicks experience, with so much more than powder skiing.  You will find friendship and camaraderie, learn new backcountry skills, and work on powder skiing technique with face shots, smiles and more than pretty pictures as memories.  On top of it all, you will get to know a lot about Japanese culture, with one of your guides being a native Japanese who has guided in Hokkaido for five years.

Chicks love skiing powder and Hokkaido, Japan is the place to do it.  Home to world-famous powder stashes, Hokkaido is the North Island of Japan, geographically located to the South of Siberia.  It catches a cold and moisture-rich air from the Siberian Sea, making it a winter wonderland with 3-4 meters of snow cover each season.  While the secret is out on Hokkaido powder skiing, we make this trip very special, skiing and staying in areas with true Japanese culture away from the crowds.  Our group will be small, with only a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio at most.

Our goal of the trip is foremost safety and a high level of fun, in seeking out the best powder every day.  Our plan is to stay and ski in the Furano area first, just outside one of the island’s six national parks.  From Furano, we will travel each day to wherever the weather maker produces the most snow.  For the second half of the trip, we will stay in the National Park lodge, accessing skiing in the park and nearby areas such as Asahidake.  The lodge also offers a natural hot spring.  Imagine, skiing powder, a relaxing soak in the hot springs and celebrating the day with a wonderful Japanese meal.  This region offers an entirely Japanese experience and hosts the highest and driest powder skiing imaginable.

Photo: Angela Hawse

In general, we will have good skiing options in any weather.  Beautiful Japanese birch trees will provide visibility on stormy days.  On blue-sky days, we can ski tour high above the trees and climb up one of the live volcanoes nearby, getting beautiful views and watching the volcanic fumes.  On some days, we will be using a tram or lifts to access the off-piste skiing, while other days will be exclusive backcountry skiing days where we climb with skins to earn our turns.

DATES:

January 31- February 8, 2020

Prerequisite Experience:

Level 2 (or be a Level 1 with 2-3 days of backcountry experience before the program starts)

Adamants

Photo: Angela Hawse

Includes:

  • 6 and a half guided powder skiing days
  • All transportation in Japan, starting at Sapporo airport
  • All lodging and breakfasts
  • Dinners while staying in the national park

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Personal backcountry skiing and avalanche safety equipment
  • Lift tickets if used (average between $45-60 USD)
  • Lunches, Dinners, and Alcohol
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance (required)

PRICING: $ 3600

Travel Insurance Requirements: (Not Included)

For an international trip with Chicks, LLC, we require that you purchase travel insurance including a global rescue policy. This is necessary to cover your evacuation costs in case of an emergency, trip cancellation, airline delays, and lost baggage. We work with an agent to help you get set up with the required policy. Please contact Erin Rountree at (208) 788-2870. http://www.travelguard.com


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: JANUARY 30

Depart the U.S. and fly to Hokkaido, Japan.

Take Note: If you depart the US on the 22nd, you will arrive in Hokkaido late on 23rd due to crossing the International Date Line.  You will have a room reserved for you at the Air Terminal Hotel on the night of 23rd (see below)

Day 12: JANUARY 31

Arrive in Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. You will stay in a room reserved for you at the Air Terminal Hotel situated inside the airport.  There is a late-night snack/noodle shop in the airport as well as hot springs!

Day 3: FEBRUARY 1

Drive to Furano.  Warm-up ski day in resort. Stay in Furano.

Accommodations in Furano: 3 nights at Highland Furano. The hotel’s restaurant offers local Furano ingredients. Guests can also enjoy spa/massage at the hotel with reservation.

Day 4: FEBRUARY 2

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in Furano.

Day 5: FEBRUARY 3

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in Furano.

Day 6: FEBRUARY 4

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in National Park lodge.

Accommodations: 4 nights at Kamihoro lodge in Daisetsuzan National Park

The lodge is situated inside the national park.  The lodge is famous for its natural hot springs.  We offer half board at this lodge plus field lunch box (breakfast and dinner and small lunch box for field included).

Day 7: FEBRUARY 5

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in National Park lodge.

Day 9: FEBRUARY 6

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in National Park lodge.

Day 8: FEBRUARY 7

Full day backcountry or off-piste. Stay in National Park lodge.

 Day 10: FEBRUARY 8

Morning ride back to the airport.  Expect 3-4 hours drive.  No morning flight out of Chitose.  Everyone should depart in the afternoon.  Due to the time change, you will arrive on the same day in US. 

Avalanche Rescue Course: March 21

silverton avalanche school

March 21, 2019 Silverton, Colorado

Join us for this 1-day Avalanche Rescue course to set you up for success as a competent member of any backcountry party for winter outings.

Designed for newcomers to the backcountry and seasoned veterans alike, the skills covered in this intensive clinic will give you more confidence to use your avalanche rescue equipment and a framework for sound decision-making in the event of an avalanche incident.  We’ll provide you with resources to access backcountry conditions and weather forecasts, how to make a basic emergency plan and discuss how to manage groups in avalanche terrain.

The key topics covered, combined with ample hands-on practice will help you perform critical rescue skills in the event of an avalanche burial. Our systematic approach with professional instruction and coaching will help you get to know your avalanche transceiver inside and out, use your probe and shovel effectively as well as get the skinny on the airbag and Avalung use.

Our outdoor classroom won’t require skis or any specialized equipment, only warm clothing, winter footwear, and ample calories.

This course meets guidelines set by the American Avalanche Association and also meets guidelines set by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). When completed, this course will provide you with the prerequisite Avalanche Rescue certification to continue on with the Pro Level 1 if that is your goal.  We recommend all backcountry users refresh with the ARC every two years.

Learning Outcomes and Hands-on Training

  • Recognizing and preparing to enter avalanche terrain
  • Personal protective equipment for the winter environment
  • Overview of personal avalanche rescue equipment and proper use
  • Self-evacuation equipment and proper use
  • Functionality checks of your personal avalanche rescue equipment
  • How to perform group checks of transceivers at the start of each day
  • Basics of an Emergency Plan and group management
  • Travel protocols for avalanche terrain
  • How to use the functions on your avalanche transceiver quickly and decisively
  • Response and actions if involved in an avalanche (victim or rescuer); assessing the scene and taking leadership
  • Fundamentals of organizing and executing an effective search in avalanche debris using the signal, course, fine and pinpoint search technique
  • Scenarios; how to set up effective scenarios for practice
  • Techniques for effective probing and shoveling  
  • Discussion of first aid skills likely to be used in actual rescues
  • Requesting outside assistance and what to expect

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course our students should be able to:

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers
  • Develop a plan for continued practice

PRICE: $130

Included:

  • 8-hours of instruction with both a Chicks IFMGA/AMGA Guide and a Silverton Avalanche School Professional Instructor
  • Avalanche Rescue Certification upon completion
  • Chicks Welcome Bag

Not Included:

  • Personal protective outerwear*
  • Warm clothing*
  • Food and Water
  • Transportation
  • Personal or Trip Insurance
  • Lodging

*Demos from our Sponsors are available including outerwear, warm layers, and gloves.  Please contact us if you would like to check out some of the latest and greatest.


DATES, LOCATIONS & REGISTRATION:

Click on the date you’d like to register for and you will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to complete the process.


TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

What to Bring

Travel Logistics


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

8:00 Welcome and intros, Chicks Welcome Bags, goals and objectives

8:30 All-day In the Field Training – venue specifics provided upon registration

5:00 Wrap Up and Avalanche Rescue Certificates


CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds, rain checks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed.

avalanche rescue course

Hut-Based AIARE Level 2: March 22-24, 2019

Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard

silverton avalanche schoolJoin our all women’s AIARE Level 2 in conjunction with the Silverton Avalanche School to learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain from some the most experienced women guides and instructors in the industry.  

We know that women excel at learning in a supportive, fun atmosphere where they can ask questions, have a voice and engage with other women who are passionate about the outdoors. Fun always plays a huge part in all of our programs and it’s a fact that we learn more when we’re enjoying ourselves.

The AIARE Level 2 is now a 3-day program that provides backcountry leaders and aspiring snow professionals the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.

This course is based out of the St Paul Lodge in the beautiful San Juan mountains. Food and accommodation are all inclusive in the fee.  Being immersed in the mountains allows for more field time and an intimate interaction with the snow environment.

Who Should Take this Course:

The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.  For those who have not taken the Avalanche Rescue Course, the Level 2 certificate will be issued after completion of the 1-day Rescue Course.

Prerequisites:

Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain via skis or splitboard. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To improve avalanche hazard evaluation and personal forecasting capability
  • Use and analyze snowpack and weather data
  • Teach industry standard methods for weather and snowpack data collection and documentation
  • To practice route finding skills and applying forecasts to terrain
  • To gain more experience dealing with complex companion rescue

Course Curriculum:

  • Tour Planning
  • Snowpack Metamorphism
  • Avalanche Mechanics
  • Observations: standards and recording
  • Forecasts
  • Mountain Weather
  • Route Finding
  • Stability Assessment
  • Decision Making
  • Group Management
  • Full and Test Pit Profiles
  • Rescue Leadership and Multiple Burial Scenarios

Level 2 Field Sessions:

Friday, Saturday and most of the day on Sunday will be spent traveling in the backcountry with your instructor to participate in experiential sessions that examine topics discussed in the classroom. Field sessions include multiple burial companion rescue, route finding and safe travel, backcountry stability assessment, full and test pit profiles, fracture line profiles and a snow crystallography lab. These sessions will also be an opportunity for instructors to evaluate where students need the continued study to best support their aspirations.

Recommend Reading:

Students receive the Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States 2010 edition AAA, USFS. as a part of the course. Students use the Level II Course Manual and an AIARE field book for the course.   We also recommend that students read the Avalanche Handbook (3rd edition) prior to the course. An AIARE Level II Course Certificate is provided at the end of the course.


PRICE: $650

REGISTER NOW

When you click on the REGISTER NOW button for the dates you’re interested in registering for, you will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to complete the booking process.

Cost Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • AIARE Level 2 Course Manual
  • AIARE Waterproof Field Book
  • AIARE Level 2 certificate upon successful completion

Does Not Include:

  • Transportation to Red Mountain Pass. (Please see our Travel Logistics page for specific info).
  • Extra snacks and/or specialty food

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

What to Bring

Travel Logistics


SCHEDULED ITINERARY/COURSE OUTLINE:

Day 1: The Changing Mountain Snowpack

  • Silverton, CO – Course Introduction, Chicks Welcome Bags and Equipment Check
  • AIARE 1 Review
  • Mountain Weather
  • The Layered Mountain Snowpack
  • Trip Planning Review
  • Snow Profiles in the Field

Day 2: Making Quality Observations

  • Avalanche Formation and Release
  • Interpreting Weather Data, Snow Surface Conditions, and Snow Profiles
  • Craftsmanship, Relevancy, and Verification of Snow Observations
  • Risk Management in Small Groups
  • Snowpack Test in the Field

Day 3: Applying Observations to Field Decisions

  • Traveling in the Field as a Small Team
  • Field Risk Management and During Action Review
  • Communicating Observations with our group, other travelers, and local experts

 CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

Hut-Based AIARE Level 1: March 29-31, 2019

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

silverton avalanche schoolJoin our all women’s Recreational Level 1 course to learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain from some the most experienced women guides and instructors in the industry.  

This 3-day hut based course effectively combines classroom time and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. This course is a nationally recognized Avalanche Level 1 Course.

We know that women excel at learning in a supportive, fun atmosphere where they can ask questions, have a voice and engage with other women who are passionate about the outdoors. Fun always plays a huge part in all of our programs and it’s a fact that we learn more when we’re enjoying ourselves.

This intensive, hands-on training will cover trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.  It is geared toward skiers, boarders, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills.

Course Details

Morning sessions introduce avalanche concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our top-notch staff. Each day students travel into backcountry ski terrain in small groups with their instructors.

These experiential sessions examine topics discussed in the classroom. All students will be able to practice route finding and terrain analysis, dig snow pits and conduct stability tests. Unlike many avalanche courses, Silverton Avalanche School students gain practical training in the wild backcountry rather than a ski area. The redesigned Recreational Level 1 will include more field on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation time, as 4-6 hours of field time in the past were needed to cover companion rescue.

Students receive valuable input, instant feedback, and vital insight from our instructors who are responsible for mitigating avalanche hazard in Class A avalanche terrain filled with one of the most dangerous snowpacks on earth, where avalanche hazard assessment and reduction is an everyday job. Instructors will help students acquire and enhance the critical skills, perceptual cues, and knowledge needed to make better decisions with greater accuracy and success.

Who should take this course?
Level 1 is for anyone who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.  Aspiring professionals will need to take this Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved Avalanche Judgement and Decision-making Skills
  • Expanded Situational Awareness and Perceptual Capacities
  • Human influence in group dynamics
  • Applying the Current Avalanche Bulletin to Tour Planning
  • Develop a trip plan based on snowpack and weather
  • Make and record field observations

Course Curriculum

  • Tour Preparation
  • Analyzing avalanche forecasts
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Recognizing hazardous conditions
  • Snowpack Development
  • Snowpack Instabilities
  • Route Finding and Travel Techniques
  • Using Observations and Tests
  • Human Factors
  • Educated Decision-Making
  • Mountain Weather
  • Safe Travel Protocols
  • Snow Pit Profiles
  • Group Management
  • Snow layer analysis
  • Risk evaluation

PRICE $650

REGISTER NOW

You will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to register for this program.

Price Includes:

  • Chicks IFMGA/AMGA Ski Guide and Silverton Avalanche School Instructor
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment – Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
  • Chicks Sponsor Welcome Bag
  • 2 Nights Lodging at the St Paul Hut
  • 2 Breakfasts and Dinners at the St Paul Hut
  • Level 1 Certificate upon completion

Does Not Include:

  • AT, Tele, Splitboard, and Skins*
  • Transportation to and from Red Mountain Pass
  • Lunches and Snacks
  • Personal protective outerwear**
  • Warm clothing**
  • Personal or Trip Insurance

* Affordable rental packages available: (splitboards, skis, boots, poles, backpacks, skins)

**Demos from our Sponsors are available including outerwear, warm layers, and gloves.  Please contact us if you would like to check out some of the latest and greatest.


TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

What to Bring

Travel Logistics


SCHEDULED ITINERARY/COURSE OUTLINE:

Day 1: March 29, 2019

  • Meet at the Silverton Avalanche School HQ in Silverton, CO.
  • Course Introduction and Equipment Check for Hut Trip
  • Introduction to Decision Making
  • Avalanche Fundamentals
  • Mountain Snowpack
  • Travel to RMP and 30-minute Skin to St Paul Lodge
  • Companion Rescue and Scenarios
  • Teamwork and Avoiding Human Factors

Day 2: March 30, 2019

  • Making Weather and Avalanche Observations
  • Practicing companion rescue
  • Field Observational Techniques
  • Snowpit Documentation and Snowpack Testing
  • Transceiver, Probing and Shoveling lessons
  • Decision Making: Choosing Terrain and Traveling Wisely

Day 3: March 31, 2019

  • Pre-trip Hazard Forecast
  • Effective Tour Planning
  • Route Finding & Terrain Analysis
  • Group Management
  • Implementing the Decision Making Framework
  • Course Wrap Up, Evaluation, Q & A, Instructor Feedback
  • Return to Red Mountain Pass for Course End

 CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

Mount Baker Scholarship 2019

Coming soon!

Mount Baker Scholarship: Heuberger Motors joins Chicks Climbing and Skiing AGAIN for another great scholarship opportunity.

Words from Past Scholarship Recipients

Chicks is an extraordinary group of women. Not just the amazing guides and leaders, but everyone that participates in a Chicks clinic has wisdom to impart, strengths to share and courage to elevate themselves and those around them. I recently had the opportunity to participate in the life changing experience of a Chicks with Picks ice climbing clinic through a generous scholarship from the Subaru Adventure Team.

Click on Trip Report: Subaru Adventure Team Women’s Ice Climbing Clinic Contest to find out more.

Last year I was the lucky winner of one of Subaru Adventure Team’s big prizes: a trip to City of Rock in Idaho to attend a climbing clinic put on by Chicks Rock.

In the spring, a friend of mine told me about the essay contest SAT was having. He thought it would be right up my alley, and it was!

I have been an aspiring mountaineer for many years and the one piece I was working hard at (but struggling with in Minnesota!) was rock climbing.

I wrote my essay and submitted my photos. For days after, I talked about how amazing it would be to have this opportunity. And as more days went by, it sort of fell off my radar. Like contests do.

Much to my surprise, months later, I received an email that I had in fact won. And that I had two weeks to figure everything out for travel, because Idaho was calling! And there was no way I would miss out on such a rare and rad event.

In order to get to Idaho from Minnesota, I had to drive by so many beautiful parts of the country.

So naturally this turned into a glorious road trip of National Parks and National Forests. Dirtbagging steadily out west. Surviving on quick oats, tuna packets and instant coffee. It was bliss. Every day that I woke up, I was somewhere new and glorious. And so aware that none of this would have been possible without winning the climbing scholarship.

Read more at Real Chick: Dede Rosenburg, Subaru Scholarship Winner 2016

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City of Rocks Climbing Clinic

Find out what City of Rocks is all about!

September 5-8/9, 2019

 

City of Rocks is a world-class climbing destination with technical face, slab, and crack climbing––and the perfect place to work on technique, gain confidence in your leading, or fine-tune your anchor-building and technical skills.

Brush the dust off your outdoor climbing or challenge yourself to bring your outdoor climbing up a few notches at this four-day, all-inclusive women’s rock climbing program. Whether you’re learning to climb or refreshing skills you’ve had for years, you’ll be making progress with highly experienced female guides certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.

Raise your confidence level

Whether your goal is to be a solid 5.9 climber outside or you’re are interested in making the transition from sport to trad climbing, City of Rocks has something for you.

Over the course of three full days of climbing, you’ll gain enough confidence in your systems to be able to set up top ropes safely for yourself and your friends.

City of Rocks is the perfect training ground

With hundreds of climbing routes from easy to expert (and beyond), City of Rocks is nestled in the high desert mountains and pine trees of scenic southern Idaho.

You will climb… A lot. Whether you’re learning to climb and apply your newfound skills or you want to lead routes, you’ll get the chance––and on the last day of this course, you’ll get the opportunity to climb a multi-pitch route. Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Instruction on climbing technique
  • Building anchors
  • Using traditional protection
  • Performing self-rescue

We’ll spend our days climbing and working on skills at various areas within City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park, located just outside of Almo, ID. In addition to instruction of unmatched quality, Chicks provides:

  • Personalized attention in small climbing teams according to skill/experience level and individual goals
  • All group climbing gear (ropes & technical equipment)
  • An array of demo gear you can test out
  • A welcome bag full of gifts from Chicks’ Sponsors
  • The camaraderie of camping together right along the climbing formations
  • Friendships and new partnerships with like-minded climbers
  • Delicious, nutritious breakfast and dinner prepared by Chicks guides
  • An optional day of multi-pitch climbing

Join us this fall!

The Chicks experience is a special one. Camaraderie around the campfire in this remote and beautiful, high-desert terrain only adds to the charm of the City of Rocks, letting you go unplugged for a few days. Prepare to be pushed and inspired by a fun and supportive group of peers.


City of Rocks Climbing Clinic Pricing:

Option 1: 3 days of climbing / 4 nights camping – $899

Option 2: 3 days of climbing plus 4th day multi-pitch climb / 4 nights camping – $1,199

 

 

INCLUDES:

  • 3 days of guided climbing and instruction max. 4:1 ratio
  • Optional guided multi-pitch day 2:1 ratio
  • 4 nights camping
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Welcome gift bags from Chicks sponsors
  • Demo gear from Chicks Sponsors

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Ground or Air Transportation
  • Trip Insurance
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Gratuities

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: September 5

City of Rocks is about a 4-hour drive from Jackson, WY or from Salt Lake City, UT.  Reno, NV is also a good starting point within driving range.

4:00 pm: Opening meeting and orientation at the campground.  Group dinner and demo gear handed out.

Day 2: September 6       

7:00 – 7:30 am: Group breakfast at the campsite

8:00 am: Meet at the cars geared up to climb for the day

8:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Climbing at the City of Rocks (bring your own lunch)

6:00 pm: Prepared dinner at the campsite

Day 3: September 7      

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: – 4:00 pm: Climbing at the City of Rocks (bring your own lunch)

5:00 pm: Optional visit to Durfee Hot Springs and Pool

6:30 pm: Prepared dinner at the campsite

Day 4: September 8

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am – 4:30 pm: Climbing at Castle Rocks State Park (bring your own lunch)

5:00 pm: Closing Ceremony followed by group dinner at the campsite

Day 5: Optional Multi-pitch Day: September 9

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am – 4:30 pm: Climb a multi-pitch route in Castle Rock State Park, 2:1 ratio (bring your own lunch)

3:30 pm: End of City Chicks clinic


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing. Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all of our women rock climbing programs. Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

*Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. In the event you have an unexpected life occurrence and need to cancel it will help you recover your payment. Chicks works with an agent who is familiar with our programs and travel insurance needs. Please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.

Chamonix summit

Chamonix, France: July 14-18, 2019

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From any vantage point in the Chamonix Valley, you’re looking at history.

Chamonix—the ultimate mountain town in the heart of the Alps—is the birthplace of alpine climbing. The first ascent of Mont Blanc took place over 250 years ago (and the first woman to climb it did so in 1808), and today, you can experience the same magic those early alpinists did.

Chamonix isn’t just an incredible place. It’s also a cultural experience. Imagine topping off your big day of climbing with delicious French wines and cheeses and splendid views of the Alps, all shared with new friends who share your love of mountains.

Develop your skills with the best.

Join us for five unforgettable days developing your mountaineering skills in this iconic location. You’ll be surrounded by towering peaks as you learn all the essentials of alpinism: glacier navigation and travel, routefinding, anchor and belay-station management, multipitch transitions, and decision-making in the alpine—from an internationally certified (IFMGA) mountain guide.

Stand on a summit.

This course culminates on a high-altitude mountain route, where you’ll get to apply all the skills you’ve just learned in real time. You’ll finish your course atop a summit with France on one side and Italy on the other—and with the important skills and the confidence you’ll need for a lifetime of alpine climbing.

Gain confidence and become part of the Chicks community.

Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up for our Chamonix program:

  • Five days of instruction and learning from an IFMGA-certified guide
  • An awesome 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio to maximize learning
  • Five nights of lodging in Chamonix (includes breakfast each morning)
  • One night in a high-alpine hut—a quintessential Alps climbing experience (includes dinner and breakfast)
  • Four days of tram lift tickets—easy access to the mountains is one of the most unique aspects of an Alps climbing experience
  • A Chicks welcome bag, which includes goodies like a Chicks logo chalk bag and Patagonia tote bag
  • Increased confidence in your skills
  • An introduction to the Chicks community and alumni network

Recommended prerequisites:

  • Basic rock climbing experience, including toprope climbing and belaying
  • Basic snow travel experience, including walking in crampons
  • Basic mountaineering experience, such as having climbed peaks like a Colorado Fourteener or past participation in our Mount Baker Program

Cost: $2,999

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Spots are super limited to help us maintain a small ratio, so reserve your spot today!

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Cost doesn’t include:

  • Travel to and from Chamonix
  • Dinners and breakfasts in town
  • Lunches and other extras
  • Travel and rescue insurance**

PROPOSED ITINERARY*

*may be adjusted based on weather and conditions

Plan to arrive the night before the course begins. Your lodging is covered this night.

Day 1 | July 14

We’ll conduct our opening meeting at 9:00 a.m. After introductions and a gear check, we’ll head to Les Gaillands, an approachable in-town crag, to work on rope skills and multipitch transitions. This day will be rock-based, and we’ll climb lots of short pitches.

Day 2 | July 15

We’ll take local transit to La Flegere Tram. From there, we’ll get into the alpine rock of the Aiguilles Rogues area, where we’ll climb in mountaineering boots and work on alpine skills like traveling efficiently on rock ridges.

Day 3 | July 16

Our group will take the Aiguille du Midi tram to access the classic Vallee Blanche Glacier, where we’ll do our glacier school. We’ll climb the Cosmiques or Laurence Arete—a ridge climb we’ll do in mixed conditions with boots, crampons, and ice axes.

Day 4 | July 17

This day will start on the Aiguille du Midi tram, too. We’ll make a big glacier crossing into Italy, climbing the Aiguille d’Entreves along the way. Tonight, we’ll stay in the Torino Hut.

Day 5 | July 18

We’ll get an alpine start from the Torino Hut to do a classic alpine climb. Then, we’ll return to Chamonix via the Monte Bianco tramway and a taxi ride through the Mont Blanc tunnel. We’ll finish the trip with a celebration dinner in town.

View from Rifugio Torino

Lodging is covered on our last night, and you can plan to leave on your own schedule the following morning.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Alps this summer!


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

**Rescue Insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. For all your travel insurance needs, please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.

Rifle, CO: July 25-28, 2019

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Rifle Mountain Park, located outside 30 minutes North of Rifle Colorado, and it’s a climbers dream come true. The focus of this clinic is sport climbing, with an emphasis on how to improve technique, footwork and conserve energy, redpointing tactics and projecting a route near or at your limit. This program will be led by Chicks Co-Owner and Warrior’s Way Trainer, Elaina Arenz. She has helped dozens of aspiring lead climbers overcome their fears of falling and improved commitment when “going for it” through the Warrior’s Way processs.

The two-mile-long canyon is lined with perfect limestone cliffs along a meandering stream, offering both sunny and shady climbing options. The limestone is blocky and featured, requiring the climber to unlock the sequence of side pulls, pinches, knee-bars and opposition forces to gain upward progress.

Rifle is famed for its long steep physically demanding routes, but don’t let it’s reputation deter you. Recent efforts have been made to establish stellar moderate routes in the 5.6-5.9 range, with plenty of more difficult climbing to tackle as well. There are more than three hundred routes and over twenty different crags, so Rifle provides a wealth of climbing that will challenge you on either top rope or on lead.

Rifle Mountain Park is easily accessible from Denver or Salt Lake. The park offers the entire climbing experience all in one place. The canyon provides peaceful car camping and is within walking distance to most of the climbing in canyon.

The goal of this clinic is to expand your ability and learn advanced techniques to break into the higher grades. Learn to project climbs, fall safely, and explore advanced movement skills. All of this together makes the clinic in Rifle justifiably a must seize the opportunity.

INCLUDES:

  • 3 days of guided climbing – SPORT CLIMBING FOCUS
  • 4 to 1 ratio
  • 3 nights car camping
  • Demo gear from Chicks sponsors
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Sponsor gift bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air or Ground Transportation
  • Trip Insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Lunches and snacks

PRICING:

$749.00 – 3 days of guided instruction; 3 nights camping


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

DAY 1: THURSDAY

Arrive in Rifle Mountain Park. Plan an hour and a half drive from the airport.  
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to stop for groceries in the town of Rifle.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation. Demo gear handed out

5:30 pm: group dinner at camp.

DAY 2: FRIDAY

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner back at camp

DAY 3: SATURDAY

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner back at camp

DAY 3: SUNDAY

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Hand in demo gear. Closing meeting.


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

*Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. In the event you have an unexpected life occurrence and need to cancel it will help you recover your payment. Chicks works with an agent who is familiar with our programs and travel insurance needs. Please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.

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Mount Baker Climbing Course | Climb Mount Baker

On our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will continue to expand your alpine climbing knowledge and grow your journey in exploring the backcountry.

 

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Mount Baker Climbing Course is a Women’s-only Intro to Mountaineering

Get more education and experience with snow and glacier terrain.

On our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will become a more skilled and efficient mountaineer.

Mount Baker, WA is a magnificent glaciated icon of the American Northwest.

This 5-day climbing program offers a comprehensive mountaineering course and a summit climb.

We’ll camp in the wilderness, practice climbing on steep snow, and ice, learn proper glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, and route navigation.

At the end of the program, we’ll put all our skills together for a summit climb to the top of Mount Baker (10,781 feet), conditions permitting.

Gain experience in the world of glaciers, snow, and ice in the care of Chicks Guides.

Whether you’re seasoned in the mountains or new to alpine climbing and mountaineering, on our Mount Baker Climbing Course you will gain skills and experience as you learn from among the best female guides in the industry.

In small teams, we will work on your skills in steep snow. As you become more skilled and efficient, you will also come to understand risks and how to mitigate them.

By the end of the course you will be quicker and more dialled in with short roping and snow travel in general.

What better place to practice mountaineering skills than on the flanks of a massive glaciated peak in the heart of North America’s mountain climbing birthplace?

 

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Mount Baker Climbing Course starts at the gateway to the Mount Baker Wilderness:

Douglas Fir Campground, just outside Glacier, WA

At our opening meeting, we’ll go over all the details of our program, do an extensive gear check, and set you up with demo equipment to climb Mount Baker, if needed.

The next morning, we’ll head up into the mountains.  From the Mt. Baker trailhead, we’ll make our camp on dry ground near the Hogsback Ridge, close to ideal glacier training terrain. Here we can spend quality time on skills and practice in the coming days.

We will focus on both movement and technical skills. You’ll develop a well-rounded skill set as you prepare for the summit.

On summit day, we’ll ascend the Coleman Glacier. We’ll pass large crevasses and move beneath the beautiful Black Buttes to finally arrive at the Coleman Deming Saddle.  From there, the final push takes us up the Pumice Ridge and then the Roman Wall to the summit. From the summit, stunning views reward our efforts.  After summiting, we’ll descend to our camp, pack up our gear, and return to the valley.

We end our program in the town of Glacier with a well-deserved dinner and closing ceremony.

Exertion Level Required to Climb Mount Baker:

You must be able to carry a 35-pound pack with your gear and food.

The hike into basecamp is about 3 miles with an elevation gain of 3000 feet. This approach hike takes about 5-6 hours. 80% of the hike is at a steady incline. And, then, the last 20% has steeper switchbacks. Finally, basecamp at 6000 feet.

Here is an in-depth look at the proposed schedule. Mount Baker Climbing Itinerary. Take a careful look over it because the last day we go from the summit all the way back down to your car.
Summit Day is long –  in tune with 15 hours of exertion in a single push.

 

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Mount Baker Climbing Course INCLUDES:

  • 4 Days guided climbing/instruction
  • 3:1 Ratio participants to guides
  • 1 Night campground lodging in Glacier, WA
  • 3 Nights alpine camping in Mt. Baker / Snowqualmie National Forest
  • Meals (Breakfast and Dinners)
  • Demo gear
  • Sponsor gift bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Ground and air transportation
  • Trip insurance**
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Guide gratuity

PRICING:

$1,199.00 – 4 days climbing and instruction; 1 night camping


PROPOSED ITINERARY

The itinerary might change a bit depending on weather and conditions. For example, we may utilize a high camp before our summit bid. The guides will go over the schedule in detail at our opening meeting on Day 1.

 

Day 1: Thursday, August 1

3:00 pm   Meet at Douglas Fir Campground outside of Glacier, WA – Meet and greet with appetizers

3:30 pm Welcome meeting, trip briefing, gear check, check out demo equipment

6:00 pm   Dinner prepared by Chicks at the campground

7:00 pm   Pack gear and sleep in tents for the night

 

Day 2: Friday, August 2

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by Chicks at the campground

8:30 am Depart for the Heliotrope Ridge / Mt. Baker Trailhead.

9:00 am Hike to camp

2:30 pm  Arrive and establish camp at approximately 6,000 ft.
Skills: Leave No Trace

  • How to camp in the Alpine
  • Personal Care
  • Glaciology
  • Navigation

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides

 

Day 3: Saturday, August 3

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by the guides

8:30 am Depart camp for Snow Skills training including:

  • Climbing on snow
  • Crampon technique
  • Using a mountain axe
  • Self-arrest
  • Knots
  • Ropes and hardware
  • Belaying
  • Snow anchors
  • Descending on snow

4:30 pm   Return to camp

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides

 

Day 4: Sunday, August 4

7:00 am Breakfast prepared by the guides

8:30 am Depart camp for Glacier School and Skills training

  • Rope team travel
  • Glacier travel
  • Glacier tour
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Low angle ice technique

4:00 pm  Move up to and set up High Camp

5:30 pm  Dinner prepared by the guides at High Camp

 

Day 5: Sunday, August 5

1:00 am Wake Up Call / Breakfast

2:00 am   Alpine Start!  Depart camp for the summit

8:00 am Estimated summit time if conditions allow

11:30 am   Return to camp and pack up the gear, rest, hike down

4:30 pm   Return to the trailhead

5:00 pm Dinner and closing meeting in Glacier, WA

 


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

***Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. For all your travel insurance needs, please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.

Ancient rock at devil's lake climbing clinic

Devil’s Lake Climbing | Learn To Climb at Devil’s Lake

Learn the nuances of outdoor climbing from people who know what they are doing at our Devil’s Lake Climbing Clinic.

Chicks Climbing has been improving women’s climbing skills and movement for over twenty years!

 

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  • Want to build your comfort level with belay systems?
  • Know your knots but could use a refresher?
  • Want to try climbing (even though you are terrified of heights) because you’ve heard it is the most inspiring and empowering thing ever?

Devil’s Lake Climbing Clinic offers beginner to advanced Instruction Levels.

Our climber-to-guide ratio is 4 : 1 so you get tons of instruction. Our personal goal is to build your confidence and self-reliance.

  • Get better at climbing in general
  • Become more comfortable climbing outdoors
  • Learn about lead climbing

Our Devil’s Lake Climbing Clinic provides a fun, safe, and encouraging climbing-learning environment led by the best female guides in the industry.

 

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Devil’s Lake State Park is in the beautiful Baraboo Hills of south-central Wisconsin. 

One hundred foot high, purple quartzite bluffs surround the park on three sides, making 1,600 rock climbs.

There is no shortage of rock at Chicks Climbing’s Devil’s Lake Climbing Clinic.

Transportation is not included, please see the Devil’s Lake Climbing Clinic Logistics and Directions. If you want to stay at a hotel please see our suggested lodging list and make reservations on your own. Please bring your own camping gear and check our Devil’s Lake – What-to-Bring List to make sure you have everything you need.

 


DEVIL’S LAKE CLIMBING CLINIC PRICING:

$799

INCLUDED:

  • 3 days of guided climbing instruction
  • 4:1 ratio
  • 3 nights camping
  • Demo gear from Chicks sponsors
  • Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Sponsor gift bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare or ground transportation
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Gratuities

PROPOSED SCHEDULE:

Day 1: Thursday,  August 15

Arrive at the campsite by 4:00pm to get settled in

4:30 pm: Kick off meeting at the group campsite. Orientation, hand out demo gear and meet with your climbing group.

5:30 pm: Dinner at campsite

 

Day 2: Friday, August 16

7:00 am: Breakfast provided at camp.

8:00 am: Meet at the group campsite geared up for the day

4:30 pm: Climbing day ends

6:00 pm: Dinner at campsite

 

Day 3: Saturday, August 17

7:00 am: Breakfast provided at camp.

8:00 am: Meet at the group campsite geared up for the day

4:30 pm: Climbing day ends

6:00 pm: Dinner at campsite

 

Day 4: Sunday, August 18

7:00 am:  Breakfast provided at camp.

8:00 am: Meet at the group campsite geared up for the day

3:30 pm: Climbing day ends, Hand in demo gear, closing meeting

**Lodging and dinner are not included on the last day of our programs.  If you want to spend an extra night, please make your own lodging arrangements.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

*Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. In the event you have an unexpected life occurrence and need to cancel it will help you recover your payment. Chicks works with an agent who is familiar with our programs and travel insurance needs. Please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.