Progression Opens Door to Climbing Opportunity
Do you dream of accomplishing big climbs, but don’t feel like you have the skills?
Maybe you want to take your climbing-judgment decisions into your own hands?
All our programs give you the skills you need to progress.
- Get a checklist of necessary steps from climbing gym to crag to backcountry.
- Practice “what-if” scenarios to help you decide if you have the knowledge and skills to meet climbing challenges.
Adventure starts when the unplanned happens.
Make the Leap from Gym to Crag to Backcountry
If you have climbing gym experience, then you already come with basic movement skills and the ability to use a harness and top-rope belay.
The difference between ice climbing and gym climbing is that you leave a highly controlled environment.
When ice climbing you need to be able to
- evaluate falling ice hazard,
- perform comfortably outdoors for extended periods of time,
- place and clean your own anchors,
- be careful not to lower your partner off the end of the rope,
- lower a climber from the top of a cliff,
- and eventually you might want to place your own ice screws, on lead.
Four Ice Climbing Levels
As you progress through our Four Levels of Ice Climbing, you learn essential skills: from total beginner, to setting up your own top ropes, advanced techniques and lead climbing.
At our Ouray, Colorado | Ice Climbing clinics you’ll gain the skills and confidence to climb at ice cragging areas from the Ouray Ice Park to Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire.
Adventure to Cody, Wyoming with us for an intermediate ice climbing trip involving backcountry skills and multi-pitch ice climbing:
- gear selection,
- avalanche hazard evaluation,
- multiple-pitch rappels,
- basic rescue skills,
- 2 : 1 (guest : guide) ratio because all the climbs are multi-pitch,
- and a focus on decision-making and judgment skills.
Note – You must be at least an intermediate climber to join our Cody, Wyoming | Ice Climbing trip.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re learning with a strong group of awesome women.
“I was depressed and was walking past an outdoor store when I saw a poster of a woman climber. I decided then that instead of being down, I wanted to go up!”
—Cheryl Wallace, Chicks Alumna, tied in for the first time at a 1999 Chicks ice climbing clinic in North Conway, New Hampshire. Now Cheryl is a solid leader, recently leading Gold Rush (WI 3-4) in Silverton, Colorado.
Chicks Ice Climbing Programs:
City of Rocks Climbing | Rock Climbing Idaho | June 18-21, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Rifle Climbing Clinic - Rock Climbing Colorado | August 6-9, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Maple Canyon Utah Rock Climbing | August 11-14, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Indian Creek Utah Climbing Clinic | October 1-5, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing | November 6-9, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Mt Baker North Ridge - Level 2 Mountaineering Course | July 23-27, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Mt Baker Easton Glacier - Intro to Mountaineering | July 30 - Aug 3, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Chamonix - Alpine Climbing Course | July 6-10, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
Avalanche Rescue Course: December 21, 22 or 28
AIARE Level 1 - Silverton Avalanche School
Hokkaido, Japan | Powder Skiing
Cody Wyoming, Backcountry Ice Climbing
Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Hut Clinic
New River Gorge Rock Climbing | Sept 4-7, 2020 | Chicks Climbing
3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado 2021 Date TBD
2-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado - 2021 Date TBD
4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado - 2021 Dates TBD
Ouray, Colorado | Mixed Climbing - 2021 Dates TBD
Intro to Backcountry Skills - 2021 Dates TBD