Entries by Angela Hawse

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard | Book Review

Book Review by Angela Hawse Yvon Chouinard is the author of “let my people go surfing.” And, Yvon Chouinard is also the founder of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and gear company. For forty years, Yvon Chounaird has led Patagonia with his vision and passion. He is the driving force that keeps Patagonia true to its […]

Inspect Your Rock PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

  The last thing you want to think about when you’re off the deck is the viability of your equipment. The beginning of every season marks an important time to check your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Just as we pump up our push-ups and finger board workouts, preparing for the rock season ahead, so too […]

How to Choose the Right Ice Climbing Tool

I’ve had my hands on a lot of ice axes since climbing on Terrordactylsin the ‘80s. For me, choosing the right ice tool is hard to describe because it’s about feelings. It is about the emotion of the body, heart and mind. Body With the right tools, I feel joyful. I feel invincible. I feel ready and […]

Anniversaries Call for Reflection

This month Chicks is celebrating its 20th and I find myself reminiscing. I started ice climbing in Ouray’s box canyon, at the north end of the Uncompahgre River Gorge. It was 1985—a decade before the Ouray Ice Park came to be. At that time there were only a few climbs in the box canyon. These natural ice […]

A Love Letter to My Scarpa Phantom Techs

Dear Scarpa Phantom Techs, It’s that time of year again when I have more time for you and we can pick up where we left off last season on some of our favorite frozen waterfalls. Although I have terribly cold toes 365 days a year (poor circulation), you manage to keep me warm out on […]

Grabber’s All Weather Blanket is a Jewel

Grabber, who we love for their little nuggets of BTUs packaged as hand and toe warmers, also makes an excellent emergency, all-weather blanket called All Weather Blanket. Originally developed for the NASA space program, this lesser-known jewel has been a part of my kit for decades. Although many folks shun “emergency blankets” as hokey, guides […]

Stealth RECCO — Grivel Helmet Review

As Chicks approaches its 20th anniversary, we stand on the shoulders of a giant, a company that has been in the business of making the tools we use to climb for centuries.  This year Grivel celebrates their 200th anniversary.  And Grivel just launched the first-ever helmet with a RECCO reflector.  RECCO reflectors bounce back signals […]

 Natural American

Congratulations!  Karen Bockel, co-owner Chicks Climbing and Skiing, US citizen! Close friend and AMGA rock guide, Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back, was at the ceremony. Yoshi reflects on Karen’s accomplishment: Having witnessed first hand my husband going through the same process, I was reminded of the time and the emotional and financial commitment it takes. There are reams of paperwork, mandatory interviews. You must provide […]

Rules for Rope Care and Longevity

Rocktober is upon us. No doubt our ropes have gotten use and withstood abuse with spring, summer and early autumn climbs. Soon we’ll be monitoring backcountry drips for ice and our rope will get a bit of a rest while we sharpen our tools in anticipation of winter. Take stock of this time to inspect, […]