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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’s a IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide is an Instructor for the AMGA. She works as a heli-ski guide in Telluride and is an avalanche forecaster for the San Juans in Western Colorado. She’s guided for 30 years, including 15 years for Chicks.
Elaina has a BS in Advertising and is also the owner of New River Mountain Guides. She’s on the board of the Access Fund and has been awarded the Sharp End award by the AF for outstanding contribution to climbers’ advocacy. She’s 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 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!