Cody Wyoming, Backcountry Ice Climbing

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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: $1399.00

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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:

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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.


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

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3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado 2021 Date TBD

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3-Day Women-Only Ice-Climbing Clinic

In Ouray, Colorado since 1999.

Chicks broke the ice as the first women-only ice climbing clinic and we continue having more fun promoting confidence, proficiency and self-reliance in female climbers.  

“What I enjoyed most was being with supportive and encouraging women.”—Mandy S.

climber and belayer getting ready to ice climb in Ouray, Colorado

  • Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association
  • Professional, knowledgeable and experienced female guides
  • Led by ice-climbing guru Lindsay Fixmer:
    • Lindsay has a uniquely inspired ability to translate technique pointers, enabling women to reach their peak climbing performance.
    • Lindsay’s primary goals are sharing with and inspiring her students. Her best days are when goals and objectives are exceeded.

“I feel empowered, capable, and completely psyched. Oh, and I learned how to ice climb too so that’s cool.”—Mary W.

 

Ouray, Colorado is the coolest place to climb.

At almost 8,000 feet, it feels as though you could reach out and touch the spectacular peaks.

Stay at the family-owned Ouray Chalet Inn, famous for its friendly service.

Spend your days at the Ouray Ice Park, an iconic ice climbing destination, with over 200 routes to choose from.

Soak in Ouray’s natural hot springs.

Sit down to a delicious, home-cooked dinner at the Secret Garden B&B.

looking down into the Ouray Ice Park a climber leads out of the lead climbing area

Chicks’ 3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic offers an immersive ice-climbing experience.

  • Lay down a solid foundation of skills in 3-Days
  • Be outside and active, challenging yourself, every day, all day
  • Maximum 4-to-1 guest-to-guide ratio
  • Tons of high-quality ice climbing
  • Awesome female guides
  • Cutting-edge ice climbing gear, including: harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools and technical outerwear
  • Gourmet dinners at the Secret Garden B&B
  • Optional lodging at the Ouray Chalet Inn
  • Gift bag packed with goodies

Four Levels To Choose From In 3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic

  • For beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers alike
  • Grow and refine your technique
  • Swing, kick and move efficiently over ice
  • Learn how to set ice screws, build anchors and be a bomber belayer
  • Pursue climbs with intention and courage
  • Feel empowered, capable and completely psyched

“I improved my ice climbing techniques, feel like I learned some key nuances, improved my ability to establish anchor systems and had a bunch of fun.”—Nancy E.


3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic 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

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INCLUDES:

  • 3 days guided ice climbing
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 3 nights lodging (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
  • All Ice Climbing Gear (harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools)
  • Technical clothing
  • Meals (breakfast with lodging, 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 Ouray Chalet 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. Hotel checkout day.

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.

4:00 pm: Hand in demo gear, closing meeting, depart for home.


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

2-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado – 2021 Date TBD

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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 4 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
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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 Ouray Chalet Inn. 
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to shop for groceries.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the Ouray Chalet Inn. 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 Ouray Chalet Inn to book your room.


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado – 2021 Dates TBD

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The Complete 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic

Time to get your ice climbing fix.

Four full days of guided ice climbing in the world famous Ouray Ice Park.

  • Open to ALL levels of female ice climbers.
  • Appropriate for beginner to advanced climbers alike.
  • With 4 Ice Climbing Levels to choose from, there is something for every woman. Find out about Chicks’ 4 Ice Climbing Levels here.

In our women-only 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic you get everything in our 3-Day Sampler Ice Climbing Clinic PLUS 1 MORE DAY of climbing and learning outside!

Skills Day!4-day ice climbing clinic participant climbing on steep ice, ouray ice park, ouray, colorado

Choose from:
  • more ice climbing,
  • rescue techniques,
  • mixed climbing
  • or alpine skills.

The evening of skills day also includes a talk with Kitty Calhoun on a variety of topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, and mental training.

We recommend:
  • Newbies take more ice climbing to maximize ice-climbing time.
  • Intermediates are likely to enjoy and benefit from mixed climbing or alpine skills.
  • If lead climbing is the goal, Advanced climbers should consider rescue techniques.
  • If you are leading, take or re-take rescue techniques or alpine skills to help prepare for backcountry leads.

Chicks Guides and Instructors are the most qualified and experienced female guides in the country.

  • Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association

I chose Chicks because I really enjoy being in an all-women’s learning environment and I’d heard good things about Chicks from friends who have attended courses. What I enjoyed most was the instructors and just climbing.–Susan S, 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic participant.

4-day ice climbing clinic participant practicing rescue skills on skills dayThis year AMGA Alpine Guide, Lindsay Fixmer is the lead instructor for the Chicks Ouray Ice Climbing Clinics. Lindsay loves guiding women’s trips because she gets to see women push beyond their presumptive potential.

The climbs that stick with me the most are slightly improbable, steep lines where I stand at the bottom and say, ‘I think this will go.’ And the quest begins.–Lindsay Fixmer

Broaden your understanding of ice climbing movement and technical knowledge in a fun-packed, 4-day ice climbing clinic.

Get lasting pointers that you can continue to work on down the road.

Stay at the popular Ouray Chalet Inn located on Main St Ouray. The Ouray Chalet Inn is just a short walk from the Ouray Ice Park which has more than 200 routes of all grades.

After a great day, enjoy the hot tub at the hotel or one of Ouray’s natural hot springs.

In the evenings the group will enjoy a catered meal together at the Secret Garden B & B.

Don’t miss out.

This 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

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INCLUDES:

  • 4 days guided climbing in the Ouray Ice Park (3 days ice climbing + 1 skills day–choice of: mixed climbing/rescue systems/winter alpine/steep ice)
  • 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’S 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 Ouray Chalet Inn. 
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to shop 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


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

Elaina Arenz climbing Circling Vultures M7, Ouray, CO

Ouray, Colorado | Mixed Climbing – 2021 Dates TBD

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mixed climbing at Skylight, Camp Bird Road, Ouray, Colorado

2021 Dates TBD

Learn mixed climbing in Ouray, Colorado from the most experienced and qualified female guides in the industry.

Mixed Climbing is climbing on steep rock (with little or no ice) using ice climbing gear- crampons and ice tools.

Precise moves and the ability to make long reaches with the extra length of ice climbing tools is especially fun for women who can often feel height challenged.

It’s ridiculously amazing to be able to use the tiniest of holds to stand on or to pull hard on. Every time I do a mixed clinic, I learn more.” –Sandy Fee, Chicks Ouray, Colorado Mixed Climbing participant.

“First things first!”

Co-Owner Chicks Climbing and Skiing, Kitty Calhoun, first mixed climbed in 1985 when she was on Mt. Denali’s Cassin Ridge at 20,000 feet and carrying a 40 lb pack!

But it wasn’t until ten years later when Kitty started practicing modern, mixed climbing that she found it did wonders for her climbing technique.

(Read more about climbing smoothly on Kitty’s blog, Mixed Climbing Quick Tips – How To Climb Smoothly.

Modern Mixed climbing is a particularly exciting climbing challenge.

Technical moves like pushing off small crystals with front points, reaching for and hooking small divots, relaxing and lifting the foot to another crystal are the basics of all climbing techniques, but on steroids.

mixed climbing moving from an ice blob to dry rock, camp bird road, Ouray, ColoradoModern mixed climbing can help you improve as a climber more than any other kind of climbing. Using ice axes and crampons for purchase increases your sense of possibility,

Sharpening

  • balance,
  • commitment
  • and focus.
  • Plus, remember the monkey bars?

It turns out that hanging around on steep rock, practicing dynamic moves is very fun!

Mixed climbing evokes a childlike sense of joy in discovering potential.

Among the many advantages to learning from a master like Kitty is that she has a plan. “First things first.” Then, second things. Then third…

Read more about Kitty’s progressive climbing strategy in her Blog, How Do You Know When You Know Enough?

Chicks believes in building skills progressively and comprehensively.

The foundation for sound decision-making and climbing-confidence is to step up on a growing set of skills.

Chicks’ Ouray, Colorado | Mixed Climbing clinic is a “second-step” course. We recommend that you take at least our Ouray, Colorado | Ice Climbing 3-Day course first.


PRICING:

Get $100 off.

1. Click on Register Now and enter in your personal info.
3. On the payment screen enter the code MIXED2020 and hit “Apply.” You’ll see $100 subtracted from the following prices:

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

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INCLUDED:

  • 3 days of mixed climbing instruction
  • 4-to-1 ratio
  • 3 nights lodging (optional-(Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 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


OURAY, COLORADO MIXED CLIMBING CLINIC ITINERARY:

Day 1: JANUARY 31, 2020
2:30 pm: Arrive at the Ouray Chalet Inn 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 4: FEBRUARY 3, 2020

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

8:00 am: Check out of your room and leave for climbing

8:00-3:00: Climbing along Campbird Road

4:00 pm: Hand in demo gear and closing meeting.

 


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

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