mixed climbing

Mixed Climbing: January 31 to February 4, 2020

Mixed climbing is a climbing style that utilizes crampons and ice axes to ascend rock ice or snow. Over the past decade, mixed climbing has evolved into its own niche sport and a specific style of climbing has arisen from the trend.

Learn to mix climb with Chicks. We are here to help you learn the subtle nuances and many skills it takes to be a modern sport mixed climber. This clinic will be taught on single pitch sport mixed climbing located outside of Ouray, Colorado. We will focus on tool placements, body positioning, footwork, and other skills you need to climb on the rock with your tools and crampons.

Our guides provide a fun and encouraging atmosphere for you to explore your abilities and expand your comfort zone. After learning the basics, you can take the mixed skills into the larger mountains to climb more complex objectives. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn to mix climb with the skills and techniques needed to climb any mountain terrain with your tools and crampons.


PRICING:

Option 1: No hotel room, group meals included $999.00
Option 2: Double occupancy hotel room, group meals included $1149.00
Option 3: Single occupancy hotel room, group meals included $1349.00

INCLUDED:

  • 3 days mixed climbing instruction
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 4 nights lodging (optional)
  • All Ice climbing gear (harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools)
  • Technical clothing
  • Meals (breakfast, dinner)
  • Sponsor gift bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Air and Ground Transportation
  • Gratuities

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

Travel Information

What to Bring List


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: JANUARY 31, 2020
2:30 pm: Arrive at the Twin Peaks Riverside Lodge and check-in.

4:00 pm: Opening meeting at the Secret Garden. We will have an orientation meeting, eat dinner and hand out demo gear.

Day 2: FEBRUARY 1, 2020

7:30 am-8:00 am:  Breakfast at the hotel

8:00 am: Depart for climbing

8:00am-4:00pm: Climbing along Campbird Road

4:00-6:00 pm: Downtime

6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner at the Secret Garden

Day 3: FEBRUARY 2, 2020

7:30 am-8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel

8:00 am: Leave for climbing

8:00-4:00: Climbing along Campbird Road

4:00-6:00 pm: Downtime

6:00 pm-8:00 pm: Dinner at the Secret Garden

Day 3: FEBRUARY 3, 2020

7:30 am-8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel

8:00 am: Leave for climbing

8:00-4:00: Climbing along Campbird Road

4:00-6:00 pm: Downtime

6:00 pm-8:00 pm: Dinner at the Secret Garden and closing meeting.

Day 5: FEBRUARY 4, 2020

7:30-8am Breakfast at the hotel

11:00 am: Check out of hotel


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.

learn to ice climb

Ouray Ice Park 2-Day Clinic: January 10-12, 2020

Have you always wanted to learn how to ice climb or perhaps you just need a tune-up on your existing skills? Our two day program is just long enough to try it out for the first time or tune-up your existing ice climbing skills. During this program, your Chicks Guides will fill the day with fun and instruction to help lay down a solid foundation of skills. This clinic is open to ALL levels of ice climbing experience. If this will be your first-time ice climbing, Chicks will outfit you from head to toe in the necessary clothing and equipment you will need to give ice climbing a swing. We have five levels of instruction to choose from, there’s a place for you to learn amongst other psyched women that match your previous experience and goals for the trip.


Option 1: Ice Climbing, No Lodging, with group meals $649
Option 2: Ice Climbing with Double Occupancy Hotel Room, with group meals $699
Option 3: Ice Climbing with Single Occupancy Hotel Room, with group meals $749

INCLUDED:

  • 2 days guided climbing (Saturday, Sunday)
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 2 nights lodging (Friday, Saturday) Optional
  • All Ice climbing gear (harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools)
  • Technical Outerwear clothing
  • Meals (breakfast, dinner)
  • Sponsor Gift Bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Air and Ground Transportation
  • Gratuities

PLANNING & LOGISTICS:

Travel Information

What to Bring List


 PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: JANUARY 10

Arrive in Montrose early enough to drive an hour from the airport to Ouray. Get settled into your room at the Twin Peaks Lodge. 
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to shop for groceries.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the Twin Peaks Lodge. Demo gear will be handed out and we will have a catered group dinner. If you would like alcohol, please bring your own.

Day 2: JANUARY 11

7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am: –4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park.

6:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden B&B

Day 3: JANUARY 12

7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am –3:00 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park.

3:30-5 pm: Hand in demo gear, closing ceremony at the hotel

*Lodging for this last night is not included in the package.  If you want to spend an extra night and travel on Monday, please call the Twin Peaks Lodge to book your room (970) 325-7222.


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.

Ouray Ice Park 4-Day Clinic: January 16-21, 2020

This is our longest women’s ice climbing program and you will be fully immersed in ice climbing for four straight days. This will give you the time to get your ice climbing fix and broaden your understanding of movement and technical knowledge of ice climbing. You will spend the first two days climbing in the Ice Park learning to refine your swing, kick and body positioning to move efficiently over the ice.  The third day of the program is your choice of a skills clinic. The skills day enables you to go in-depth on specific technical skill instruction such as rescue techniques, mixed climbing, steep ice climbing, or alpine skills. That evening will also include a discussion led by Kitty Calhoun, on a variety of topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, and mental training. On the last day, you will put it all together and get lasting pointers that you can continue to work on down the road.

You will stay at the popular Twin Peaks Lodge, just a short walk from the Ouray Ice Park. The park is filled with more than 200 routes of all grades. After a great day, enjoy the hot tub at the hotel or natural hot springs in town. In the evenings the group will enjoy a catered meal together at the Secret Garden. This is our complete Chicks experience, don’t miss out.

This clinic is open to ALL levels of ice climbing and is appropriate for beginner to advanced climbers. With 5 levels of instruction to choose from, there is something for every woman.  The complete chicks experience will help you take your ice climbing to the next level.


PRICING:

Option 1: No Hotel with Meals: $1299
Option 2: Double Occupancy Hotel with Meals $1499
Option 3: Single Occupancy Hotel with Meals: $1699

INCLUDES:

  • 3 days guided climbing in the Ouray Ice Park
  • 1 Skills day. Choice of: Mixed Climbing/Rescue Systems/Winter Alpine
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 5 nights lodging
  • All ice climbing gear (harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools)
  • Technical clothing
  • Meals (breakfast, dinner)
  • Sponsor Gift Bag

WHAT NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Air and Ground Transportation
  • Guides Gratuity

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

Travel Information

What to Bring List


ITINERARY:

DAY 1: JANUARY 16

Arrive in Montrose early enough to drive an hour from the airport to Ouray. Get settled into your room at the Twin Peaks Lodge. 
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to stop for groceries.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the Secret Garden, (directions provided). Demo gear handed out at catered group dinner. If you would like alcohol, please bring your own.


DAY 2: JANUARY 17

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park

6:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden


DAY 3: JANUARY 18

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park

6:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden


DAY 4: JANUARY 19

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: Skills Day! Take your pick of Mixed Climbing, Rescue Skills or Winter Alpine

5:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion with Kitty Calhoun

6:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden


DAY 5: JANUARY 20

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am – 4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park

5:30 pm: Hand in demo gear, closing ceremony and catered dinner at the Secret Garden


DAY 6: JANUARY 21

7:00 am: Breakfast

11:00 am: Hotel check-out


 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.

guided ice climbing

Ouray Ice Park 3-Day Clinic: January 2-6, 2020

Immerse yourself in three days of guided ice climbing, so you’ll have plenty of time to refine your swing and learn new techniques. There are five levels to choose from, so it’s perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers alike. Over the duration of the guided ice climbing program, you will go to several different areas within the Ouray Ice Park allowing you to sample some of the best ice climbing in the country.

You will stay at the Victorian Inn, just a short walk from the Ouray Ice Park. After a fun day out in the park, enjoy a soak in the hot tub at the hotel or in the nearby natural hot springs in town. Every evening you will sit down to a family-style dinner catered by Sarah at the Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast. Her delicious home cooking could give any celebrity chef a run for their money.


PRICING:

Option 1: No hotel room w/ meals $999.00
Option 2: Double occupancy hotel room $1,149.00
Option 3: Single occupancy hotel room $1,349.00

INCLUDES:

  • 3 days guided ice climbing
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 4 nights lodging
  • All Ice Climbing Gear (harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools)
  • Technical clothing
  • Meals (breakfast, dinner)
  • Sponsor gift bag

WHAT NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Air and Ground Transportation
  • Guides Gratuity

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

Travel Information

What to Bring List


 PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: JANUARY 2

Fly to Montrose or Grand Junction, CO and drive to Ouray. Stop for groceries in Montrose and finish the drive to Ouray and get settled into your room at the Victorian Inn.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the Secret Garden, (directions provided). Demo gear handed out at catered group dinner. If you would like alcohol, please bring your own.

Day 2: JANUARY 3

7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am –4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park

6:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden

Day 3: JANUARY 4

7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day

7:30 am –4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park

5:00 pm: Catered dinner at the Secret Garden

Day 4: JANUARY 5

7:00-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 am: Meet at the hotel lobby geared up for the day.

7:30 am –4:30 pm: Climbing in the Ouray Ice Park.

5:30 pm: Hand in demo gear, closing meeting and Catered dinner at the Secret Garden.

Day 5: JANUARY 6

7:00 am: Breakfast. Plan to travel home on Day 5.

11:00 am: Hotel check out


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.

Backcountry Ice Cody, WY: February 6-10, 2020

Are you ready to graduate from the ice park and explore the backcountry ice climbing in Cody? Travel with Chicks this winter to experience one of North America’s premier ice climbing destinations. The South Fork Valley of the Shoshone River is home to the largest concentration of waterfall ice in the lower 48 states. The Cody ice climbing program focuses on multi-pitch ice climbing in the backcountry. If you have attended one of our Ouray programs and yearn for more adventure, this is the next step in your learning progression.

You will journey into the Wyoming wilderness, it feels remote because it is, but there won’t be any crowds in the areas you will go to. The Cody backcountry ice climbing program is physically demanding and it requires fitness and stamina to access the climbs. The approach to most of the backcountry ice climbs is snowy hikes with a potential stream crossing. This clinic is recommended for Level 2 (advanced beginner) to Level 4 advanced climbers. Multi-pitch rock and or ice climbing experience is preferred and you should be able to climb WI3 effortlessly.

We will base our Cody ice climbing program out of the Double Diamond X Ranch (DDX). The ranch is a perfect blend of seclusion and accessibility. You’ll have a warm bed to sleep in each night and delicious meals prepared by your guides. The DDX Ranch is in the middle of the South Fork valley, with trailheads to the ultra classics within minutes of the ranch. With no wifi or cell service to distract us, we can truly focus on our climbing. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unique trip.


PRICING:

Option 1: $TBA All Inclusive

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Includes:

  • 3 days guided climbing
  • 2-to-1 client to guide ratio
  • 4 nights lodging
  • 4 breakfasts and dinners
  • Backcountry multi-pitch climbing focus
  • Sponsor Gift Bag

What’s Not included:

  • Airfare and Ground Transportation
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Gratuities

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

Travel Information

What to Bring List

If you own it, bring it. We have limited demo gear available, please let us know 1 month in advance if you need to borrow any equipment.


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: FEBRUARY 6

Arrive in Cody Wyoming early enough to drive an hour from the airport to the DDX, (directions provided). Get settled into your room at the DDX. Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to stop for groceries.

 4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the DDX, Catered group dinner.

Day 2: FEBRUARY 7

6:15 am: Breakfast at DDX

7:00 am – 5:00 pm: Climbing in the South Fork Valley.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner at the DDX

Day 3: FEBRUARY 8

6:15 am: Breakfast at DDX

7:00 am – 5:00 pm: Climbing in the South Fork Valley.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner at the DDX

Day 4: FEBRUARY 9

6:15 am: Breakfast at DDX

7:00am – 5:00 pm: Climbing in the South Fork Valley.

6:30 pm: Closing meeting and catered dinner at the DDX

Day 5: FEBRUARY 10

7:00 am: Breakfast

Please plan to travel home on Day 5. DDX check out is 11:00 a.m.


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.