Written by: Chicks co-owner and guide, Karen Bockel
We are back from the City of Rocks! The Chicks clinic was a smashing success with lots of good climbing, beautiful camping in the aspen groves, good food made on the camp stoves, and most importantly a great group of women. From 14 to 60 years young, coming from far away places like Florida and Minnesota, this flock of Chicks climbed together, pushed each other, and made the program so special with all they brought to this clinic. The guides for this program, Angela Hawse and Aimee Barnes, had nothing but progress, smiles and stoke to report. Everyone got to practice a number of climbing techniques, work on climbing skills, and perform a rappel using an auto-block back-up. The guides’ extensive guiding experience and knowledge of the City of Rocks climbing area and history added much depth to the bigger picture of climbing in this world-class destination.
Over the three days of climbing, the group visited a number of different climbing areas, sampling some of the City’s finest pitches. One day was spent at the neighboring Castle Rocks State Park where ground-up climbing technique was practiced under the supervision of Angela and Aimee, and all the climbers completed a lead climb. Three Chicks stayed for the multi-pitch climb on day 4, and together they summited the Lost Arrow Spire with guide Aimee.
After all this fun we had, we can’t wait to go back to the City! With its endless climbing potential of routes at every grade, there is so much to do for any Chick. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to climb with us at the City.
Go to City of Rocks – Rock Climbing Idaho for information on our next City of Rocks clinic.