Even though the mountains are starting to see their first glimpse of winter across the country. At my home in Las Vegas, NV, the temperature has only just fallen below 90ºF. Finally, the weather is comfortable enough to climb in the shade.
It’s hard to believe that in a few short months I’ll be trading in my rock climbing shoes for boots and crampons but it seems to be true as I’m currently in the process of planning my annual winter trip to Ouray, Colorado.
Every winter, Chicks hosts a series of climbing clinics in Ouray. This winter we’ve got our usual 2-day, 3-day and 4-day Ouray Ice Park Ice Climbing Clinics. We’ve also got a 3-day Ouray Ice Park Mixed Climbing Clinic.
Since, ice climbing in Ouray is always a highlight of my winter, I thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions about ice climbing and our Chicks Ouray Ice Climbing clinics:
How much climbing experience do I need to try ice climbing?
None. Although, it’s helpful to have the basics (like how to wear a harness, tie-in and belay), it’s definitely not necessary.
When you sign up for one of our clinics we match you in small groups with women who share similar experiences and goals to yours. Climbers of any level, from complete newbie to developing lead climber, can take one of our clinics.
Click on Chicks Ice Climbing Levels to learn more.
What kind of gear and clothing do I need for ice climbing?
All you need are the clothes on your back!
One of the signature attributes of a Chicks clinic is that we can outfit all of our clinic participants from head to toe in the latest and greatest technical gear and clothing. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of all-women programming, you are welcome to try out anything that strikes your fancy from Patagonia, Black Diamond, Grivel and Petzl.
When you sign up for a clinic, we send you a clothing and equipment checklist. Together we’ll help you be sure you’re outfitted properly.
Which program do you recommend?
That depends on how much time you have and when your schedule allows for a trip to Ouray.
The more time you have for climbing the better of course! Each Chicks clinic accommodates all levels.
However, here are some additional things to consider:
- If you’re not sure you’re going to love ice climbing (you will), you can test it out on the Chicks Ouray | 2-Day Ice Climbing Clinic.
- If you have some ice climbing experience under your belt and you want to dust off the cobwebs, then consider the Chicks Ouray | 3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic.
- If you want to go all-in and take your ice climbing skills to the next level, then the Chicks Ouray | 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic is the way to go.
- Lastly, if you have a few ice climbing seasons under your belt and you’ve been training for long days in the mountains you won’t want to miss Chicks Cody | Backcountry Ice Climbing. Cody, Wyoming (home to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian) is way more famous for its amazing backcountry ice climbs!
Register now for all of our winter ice programs. Spots are filling up fast.
If you need further help deciding which program is best for you, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email or give us a call.