Which Ice Climbing Clinic Is Best For You?

If you have the following questions regarding our ice climbing clinics, you are not alone.

  • Ice ClimbingWhat if I don’t have any gear, or experience in ice climbing?
  • How am I going to stay out all day and not get cold?
  • What if I am not fit enough?
  • What if I haven’t climbed in a while and can’t climb as well as I used to?
  • What if I am afraid of heights?
  • What if I am placed in a group of women that climb better than me?
  • What if I want to learn to lead?

All of our Ouray-based Ice Climbing Clinics are for all levels, you will be placed in groups of women with similar experience, the guide-to-guest ratio is 4:1 so the instruction is tailored to you, and we have demo gear and clothing.  Which course you choose is more a matter of time and expense.  Obviously, the longer the course, the more you will learn, but our four day Complete is just as suitable for a beginner as it is for an advanced climber and vice-versa.

If you are interested in an adventure and learning more about multi-pitch climbing in the backcountry, then Cody or Iceland are just for you.  These clinics are for those who know the basics and are ready to learn to be more efficient as a follower on a multi-pitch climb.  These clinics are also for those who already lead and want to observe a guide’s decision process regarding choosing the objective, gear selection, route finding, weather and snow analysis, and efficient climbing and descent strategies.

As your goals change, we are here to help you reach the next level and our courses are designed to optimize that experience.  Join us!

We Are Officially City Chicks

Written by: Chicks co-owner and guide, Karen Bockel

Cityclimb2webWe are back from the City of Rocks!  The Chicks clinic was a smashing success with lots of good climbing, beautiful camping in the aspen groves, good food made on the camp stoves, and most importantly a great group of women.  From 14 to 60 years young, coming from far away places like Florida and Minnesota, this flock of Chicks climbed together, pushed each other, and made the program so special with all they brought to this clinic.  The guides for this program, Angela Hawse and Aimee Barnes, had nothing but progress, smiles and stoke to report.  Everyone got to practice a number of climbing techniques, work on climbing skills, and perform a rappel using an auto-block back-up.  The guides’ extensive guiding experience and knowledge of the City of Rocks climbing area and history added much depth to the bigger picture of climbing in this world-class destination.

Over the three days of climbing, the group visited a number of different climbing areas, sampling some of the City’s finest pitches.  One day was spent at the neighboring Castle Rocks State Park where ground-up climbing technique was practiced under the supervision of Angela and Aimee, and all the climbers completed a lead climb. Three Chicks stayed for the multi-pitch climb on day 4, and together they summited the Lost Arrow Spire with guide Aimee.

After all this fun we had, we can’t wait to go back to the City!  With its endless climbing potential of routes at every grade, there is so much to do for any Chick. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to climb with us at the City.

Go to City of Rocks – Rock Climbing Idaho for information on our next City of Rocks clinic.