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About Chicks Climbing & Skiing
Chicks Climbing was established in 1999 to empower more women to experience the thrill of ice climbing. This vision lead to the creation of Chicks with Picks, which offered the first ever women’s ice climbing clinic in Ouray, Colorado.
Chicks Climbing & Skiing is owned by five mountain lovers and experienced guides: Kitty Calhoun, Dawn Glanc, Angela Hawse, Elaina Arenz, and Karen Bockel. The vision is to empower women through mountain sports and continue the tradition of giving back to the community. They acquired Chicks Climbing in 2015 and immediately got to work by adding new programming in new locations here in the United States and abroad.
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Kitty has an MBA and was a founding partner of Exum Utah Mountain Adventures. She’s also a recipient of the AAC Underhill Award for excellence in mountaineering. She has guided for 33 years, including 16 years for Chicks.
Dawn has a BS in Outdoor Education, is an AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide. She has placed first in the women’s division of the Ouray Ice Fest competition several times. She has guided for 11 years, including 6 years for Chicks.
Angela has a BA in Outdoor Education and a Master of Arts degree in International Mountain Conservation. She is an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide and trains and examines aspiring AMGA guides. She also works as a heli-ski guide in Telluride and is an avalanche forecaster for the San Juans in Western Colorado. She has guided for 30 years, including 15 years for Chicks.
Elaina has a BS in Advertising and is owner/operator of New River Mountain Guides. She is on the board of the Access Fund (AF) and has been awarded the Sharp End award by the AF for outstanding contribution to climbers’ advocacy. She is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and an Assistant Alpine Guide. She has guided for 15 years, including 6 years for Chicks.
Karen has an MS in Physics and competed on a professional level in road biking and ski mountaineering. Originally from Germany she found her love of climbing in the hills of Arkansas. She is an AMGA Certified Ski Guide and has guided for 6 years, including 3 years for Chicks.
CHICKS WHO HAVE SHAPED US
Kim 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. 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. In 2015, Kim was recognized for her efforts and inducted into the American Mountaineering Hall of Excellence.
Kellie co-founded Chicks and created history by designing the first Chicks with Picks logo. Since then, graphic designer and artist Kellie Day has put her heart, soul, and sassiness into created the entire Chicks Climbing suit of graphics, including t-shirts, ads, posters, websites, and more. Check out Kellie’s mixed media paintings at kelliedayart.com and graphic design creations at dayzigngraphics.com. Photo by: Shauna Tewksbury.
- 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
- More than $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
SOCIAL MEDIA CHICK
Tori, 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+
We are proud to have top tier guides at all of our climbing events. Our guides are world-class guides, famous alpinists and the crème de la crème of climbing!
Kitty Calhoun, Dawn Glanc, Angela Hawse, Elaina Arenz, Karen Bockel, Emilie Drinkwater and Anna Keeling.
OUR UNIQUE DEMOGRAPHIC
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.