Dawn Glanc | About Dawn Glanc Climber and Guide

Working with Chicks has shown me the importance of spending time together with women in the outdoors. When women adventure together, we are forced to take on different roles within the group. Someone has to step up to be the leader, to carry the heavy loads, to break trail, etc. Oftentimes, in a co-ed group we may defer a role because we are used to someone else taking the role on. But in an all female group, you can be empowered to step up and take on the task in a different way. The experience is liberating and powerful at the same time the experience is typically filled with fun and laughter.

What does Chicks mean to me?

Working with Chicks has shown me the importance of spending time together with women in the outdoors. When women adventure together, we are forced to take on different roles within the group. Someone has to step up to be the leader, to carry the heavy loads, to break trail, etc. Oftentimes, in a co-ed group we may defer a role because we are used to someone else taking the role on. But in an all female group, you can be empowered to step up and take on the task in a different way. The experience is liberating and powerful at the same time the experience is typically filled with fun and laughter. 

Dawn’s History with Chicks.

Dawn Glanc started working for Chicks in 2009. She began working for Chicks as an ice climbing guide. During this time period Chicks was looking to expand their programs beyond ice climbing. Dawn worked with Kim Reynolds to create rock climbing programs in Devil’s Lake, Indian Creek and Red Rocks. These additional programs created a year round opportunity for women to climb with Chicks. Dawn Also helped to create the Cody Wyoming Ice climbing and Ouray Mixed Climbing programs.

In May of 2015, five Chicks guides bought the business from Kim Reynolds and changed the name to Chicks Climbing and Skiing. Dawn Glanc, Angela Hawse, Elaina Arenz, Karen Bockel and Kitty Calhoun worked together to become the leading women’s only program in the United States. Program locations were added to places like Rifle, Joshua Tree, City of Rocks, New River Gorge, and the Red River Gorge. International programs were offered to places like Iceland and Japan. Avalanche education, alpine climbing and backcountry ski programs were also added.

In September of 2018, Dawn Glanc left the Chicks team.