Entries by Angela Hawse

Skiing the Andes

It’s early September and I’m heading to Chile in South America to ski the Andes, direct from rock climbing in New Hampshire and I couldn’t be more stoked.  I arrive a few hours after my guests, who are waiting at our lodge at the head of the Maipo Valley for 6 days of big mountain […]

Silverton Avalanche School

New Partnership with the Silverton Avalanche School Chicks is delighted to announce our new Partnership with the Silverton Avalanche School. Working with SAS allows us to expand our ski and splitboard offerings closer to home and add avalanche education with certification to our all-women’s backcountry courses.  Since we launched into backcountry ski offerings two years ago we’ve […]

Sterling Rope Helix Review

Sterling Evolution Series – Helix 9.5mm Rope  When you and your partner are up two pitches on the crux of a multi-pitch climb the last thing you want to worry about is your rope. If you’ve done your homework and selected the right cord for the job it’ll give you the confidence you need to […]

Cassie Tweed Designs Osprey Packs

Meet Real Chick Cassie Tweed, the Director of Design for Osprey Packs We thought we’d sit down with Cassie Tweed, Director of Design for Osprey Packs, to chat with her about just what goes into making women’s specific packs and share that with you. With her leading role at Osprey, we also thought it would […]

Chick Pick: Petzl’s New GriGri +

If you haven’t heard the buzz about PETZL’s new GriGri + here’s the skinny. PETZL has upped the ante on innovation again with improvements to the coveted GriGri that make it a more user-friendly and safer device across the board for beginners and experts. The new “anti-panic” handle on the GriGri+ completely eliminates the possibility […]

Chicks Gear Review: Sterling’s Chain Reactor

Personal Anchor Systems (PAS) replaced Daisy Chains years ago as superior solutions for anchoring yourself while cleaning anchors at the top of sport routes, setting up TR’s, rappelling, canyoneering, partner rescue and transitioning from up to down on multi-pitch climbs. Sterling’s Chain Reactor is the superior product on the market for a number reasons. The […]

Chicks Tech Tip: Personal Anchoring Systems

One thing you’ll notice between recreational and professional climbers at the crag or on multi-pitch routes is the pro’s Personal Anchoring Systems (PAS) is nowhere to be seen on their harness. It’s in their pack, used solely for the descent. Recreational climbers have adopted many techniques guides use, such as direct anchor belays and rope management […]

Chicks Gear Review: Marmot Randonnee Glove

This Randonnee glove has been in the Marmot line for over a decade and continues to be one of the best selling, top performing warm gloves on the market for winter sports.  If the Randonnee Glove isn’t on my hands, it’s in my pack. Warm, light and water-proof combined with a good grip and a […]

Chicks Gear Review: Osprey Kamber ABS®

The Kamber, formerly known as the Kode, has been my favorite pack for the past 3 winter seasons. It’s withstood 200 days of backcountry skiing, heli-ski guiding and ski mountaineering off a boat in the Antarctic Peninsula with minimal wear, which is impressive for a pack with so many zippers. I’m typically a minimalist and […]