Thank you, Wisconsin, for another great Chicks Rock! clinic at Devil’s Lake. Our Chicks had a great time getting out with Girly Guides Dawn Glanc & Kitty Calhoun to learn better climbing techniques. Of course, none of our Chicks Climbing events would be possible without our sponsors, so we wanted to give a big THANK YOU to the sponsors and supporters that make it happen.
Thank you to our financial supporters at Marmot, Osprey Packs, Sterling Rope, First Ascent, Rock & Ice, Patagonia and Omega Pacific for believing in our programs and the positive changes they make in the lives of our Chicks. We truly could not do it without you!
Thank you also to our many supporters who contribute product for our Girly Guides and our Chicks! We are very fortunate to have a long list of companies here like Keen, JetBoil, Beyond Coastal, Chums, Luna Bars, Isis, Fox River, Rock On, Women’s Adventure and more!
But it’s about more than the fun goodies. It’s about climbing and self discovery.
In just a few short days at a Chicks clinic it’s amazing how much the focused effort on technique can help you change, but even more so I believe (as a participant in many clinics) that it is the positive support system of the fellow Chicks that really help to change your mental state from “Geez, this looks hard…I don’t know if I can do this…” to “Whoa, this is going to be fun, and I am going to do my best to use the new _____ that Dawn/Kitty showed me to send this thing!” And 9 times out of 10, sendage happens, and the rest of the time positive progress is still made. We save our tears for the final ceremony when the Chicks talk about what they learned at the clinic – about climbing and often more importantly, about themselves.
And I’m not just blowing smoke. I’ve even seen Kitty get tears in her eyes before!
So while our sponsors and supporters are happy to back our climbing programs, we want to let you all know that you are supporting Chicks in doing much more than climbing, and we just love that 🙂 so thank you all!
Speaking of climbing, there are still THREE Chicks Rock! events on the calendar for this year including:
– Chicks Rock! Girly Gathering at the New River Gorge, West Va., Sept. 21-23 (2 days)
– Chicks Rock! Girly Gathering at the Keene Valley, Adirondacks NY, Oct. 5-8 (3 days!)
– Chicks Rock at Red Rock Canyon, Nev. Oct. 18-21 with optional multi-pitch day Oct. 22
Please contact us at info[at]civi-chicks.biz if you are interested in signing up for any one of our remaining clinics! We are continuing to update our Devil’s Lake Chicks Rock! 2012 photo album here as our Chicks send in more photos, and also have this great album to share from Skillet Creek Media here.