The home of Chicks with Picks & Chicks Rock!

Chicks Climbing is not just another guide service,
we are an organization with a clear mission and dedicated core values:


Women climbing with women for women!

Core Values

  • We teach women to be self-reliant, skilled, technical climbers
  • We empower women to dig deep and do more than they ever imagined
  • We inspire women look outside themselves and give back to a larger community
  • We do not take ourselves too seriously while honoring our character & integrity
  • We are unwavering, cutting edge, independently owned & operated



Kim_ReynoldsKim has been an outdoor enthusiast for 35 years and was one of a handful of women to be recognized in the once obscure sport of ice climbing. She took to the ice in 1982, competed in the X Games and Ouray Ice Festival and has been climbing ever since. As she watched the sport grow, she saw few women taking the lead in this seemingly intimidating activity. In 1999, she saw an opportunity for women to learn from other women and gain the confidence needed to become a proficient, self-reliant climber. Thus, Chicks with Picks… “kiss my axe” was born. As a result, our girls have become great climbers, equal partners and are excelling in the sport. It’s a privilege to witness the impact Chicks has had on the evolution of the women’s climbing community. We are Her!

  • Kim has been an outdoor instructor since 1979. She has worked as an Outward Bound Instructor, Course Director, Antarctic Survival Instructor, Aspen Ski Patrol, Himalayan Trek Leader and Ice Climbing Guide.
  • In 2002 Kim started a program called Mind Over Mountains thought provoking adventures for women. These transformational retreats combine yoga, workshops, outdoor activities, life coaching, spa services and motivating discussions that keep inspiration alive.
  • Kim is a Certified Life Coach and writes for her Blog:
  • In 1998 Kim was the Expedition Leader on a Himalayan first ascent that raised more than $70,000 for the Friendship House, a Nepali safe house for girls at risk. She co-founded The dZi Foundation with Jim Nowak, a non-profit dedicated to health, education, culture and welfare of Himalayan mountain communities.


artist Kellie Day, co-founder of Chicks with Picks
Photo by Shauna Tewksbury

On the way to a concert one night long ago, Kim and Kellie planned out the whole Chicks with Picks concept in detail, on a lined yellow notepad. The next morning Kim left for India for a month long climbing trip, and Kellie created history by designing the Chicks with Picks logo.

Since then, graphic designer and artist Kellie Day has put her heart, soul and sassiness into creating the entire Chicks with Picks suit of graphics, including tshirts, ads, posters, websites and more.

Kellie has been graphic designing bold and vibrant outdoor company images since 1998, including Osprey catalogs, The North Face tshirts, Kahtoola website and many more.

Based in southwest Colorado, with a long history of climbing, skiing and all the usual outdoor passions, Kellie is now growing her fine art business and raising her 8 year old son.

Check out Kellie’s mixed media paintings here: and graphic design creations here:

Wanna snag some of her talent for your own budding business? Contact Kellie here:



  • We promote the spirit of giving back with “women climbing with women for women”
  • $175,000 raised for The Tri-County Women’s Resource Center, and recognized as their largest donor to date
  • Voted Outstanding Community Partner by the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • $15,000 raised for the Chicks Ouray Ice Park Fund
  • 2005 Kim was voted Outdoor Person of the Year by Hooked on the Outdoors Magazine
  • 2009 Chicks with Picks featured on the NBC Today Show, Weekend Show and Nightly News
  • 2011 featured on Outside Television’s Winter Women on Outside Today special
  • Independently owned and operated
  • Longest standing women’s climbing program in the history of women’s climbing
  • More than 1,000 women have graduated from our programs putting in thousands of hours on the ice and rock perfecting their skills under the watchful eye of guides
  • Featured in: Fitness, Shape, Rock & Ice, Climbing, Women’s Adventure, Her Sports, Fit, AAC News, Denver Post, Marmot Catalogue, Hooked on the Outdoors


ToriBarnettSquareTori, a Chicks alumnae, is the voice of Chicks. She manages our blog, Facebook, Twitter and a spattering of other awesome marketing activities. She has spent the last 15 years marketing, promoting and publicizing organizations near and dear to her heart and is happy to use those skills at Chicks.  Follow us: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+


Our clinics are inspired by the idea “if she can do it, I can do it!” What better way to embrace a new sport than to learn from other women. We attract gals of all abilities; from beginner to advanced climbers who come to hone their skills and take climbing to the next level.


We are proud of the women who have worked for us. Our Girly Guides are world-class guides, famous alpinists and the crème de la crème of climbing!

Kitty Calhoun, Dawn Glanc, Angela Hawse, Caroline George, Jen Olson, Sarah Heuniken, Kim Csizmazia, Kathy Cosley, Mattie Sheafor, Danika Gilbert, Anna Keeling, Jen Grimes, Margo Talbot, Emilie Drinkwater, Janet Bergman, Elaina Smith, Diane Kearns, Karen Brockel, Sondra Ripperger, Susan Detweiler, Peggy Immel and Mary Ingersol.

Learn more about the Girly Guides


We have gathered a unique group of women into our fold from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe. They attend our clinics and are active on our social networks. They are proud to be part of the Chicks Community and would follow us just about anywhere…including online! Active on Facebook and Twitter, our alumnae are part of a supportive network of women athletes that regularly discuss gear, crags, technique, nutrition and even hot gossip in the climbing community. They are engaged, empowered and a force to be reckoned with – we are proud to call them alumnae and see them wearing the Chicks logo like a badge of honor.


She is adventurous, self-assured, sassy, fiercely independent, professional and an outdoor sports fanatic. Climbing is one of her many passions;
she is well rounded and also loves to run, splash in the water, ride her bike, practice yoga, paddleboard and dance. She can get down-n-dirty and then dress up like a girl. She values being strong AND feminine. She balances her profession with her passions. She loves to be part of a larger community. It’s important for her to give back and make a difference.