Why Climb Keene Valley?

By Emilie Drinkwater

Keene Valley ClimbingChicks Rock Keene Valley is one of my favorite events of the year….but sometimes I can’t pinpoint why. Maybe it’s because of the camaraderie. Maybe it’s because of the climbing. Maybe it’s because, last year, I laughed so hard my stomach was sore for days. But really what I love most is the opportunity to expose women of all backgrounds, skill levels, and abilities to all that Northeastern rock climbing offers.

If you’ve never been to the Adirondacks, you should know that there’s a lot of climbing to be had. A lot as in, more than 3,000 routes spread throughout the vast and pristine wilderness of the 6 million acre Adirondack State Park. And the quality of the rock is, for the most part, excellent. Geologically, much of the rock we climb is Anorthosite (the same rock type found on the moon!); cracks, slabs, and faces ranging in height from short, single pitch climbs to nearly 1000′ makes for a lifetime of climbing in the Adirondacks alone!

Keene Valley Rock ClimbingIn our 3-day Chicks Rock clinic we focus on what you want to learn. Whether you’re new to climbing, or trying to become more efficient on multi-pitch routes, these small ratio clinics will work on everything from fundamental techniques (think: good footwork, how to read the terrain, and how to be a great belayer) to anchor building, rappelling, and self-rescue. And more significantly, what you’ll come away with is a new sense of confidence, a network of like-minded women climbers, and a weekend of laughter, good food, and new friends.

Chicks are heading to Keene Valley October 2-5.  Click here to learn more and register.