Entries by Dawn Glanc

Safety Memo: Keep It Tight!

We care about you. Please keep it tight! It’s easy to feel over-eager on your first few rock-climbing outings of the season. Stoke could obscure the fact that you are rusty. Over the winter, your skills and finger strength may have faded. Here are five reminders for a safe and excellent rock-climbing season: Perform a […]

You Can Do Hard Things

It’s good to be home after a whirlwind of Chicks rock climbing clinics. Vegas, Bishop, Joshua Tree, Indian Creek. Early in the month, Elaina and I teamed up with Mountain Gear to present clinics at the Red Rock Rendezvous. Over four days, 1000 climbers took part. We are always honored to participate in this amazing […]

Belay Gloves: From Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Forward

Be smart, be hip, be cool! Protect your hands by wearing belay gloves I started climbing in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1996. Back then, “the Hills” were not particularly known as fashion forward. However, we had our standards. For example, if you wore belay gloves, you got the suspicious side-eye. Work gloves […]

Hey! I Didn’t Die.

Many women who take Chicks Climbing and Skiing clinics are not athletic—I mean, they did not grow up being active. Women in their fifties and early sixties (we’ve even had seventy-year-olds) come who’ve had no sports opportunities in their entire lives. Chicks is their first athletic experience, ever. When I’m teaching a clinic, I’ll often […]

Shuttle to Ouray with Western Slope Rides

Thinking of ice climbing with us in the Ice Park this winter but concerned about driving on snowy roads? Don’t stress, Western Slope Rides is the answer. They’ll pick you up from the Montrose airport and deliver you to your accommodations in Ouray and just about anywhere in between. Ouray is a small town with […]

Quick Weight Loss Program

The New Year typically comes with resolutions to hit the gym and start a diet. Resolutions are empty plans including goals of losing weight. I am here today to help. I am going to give you tips to shed ounces and maybe even pounds. My approach will help you shed weight quickly and easily. This […]

5 Tips for Better Footwork on Ice

After a day of climbing, are your toes black and blue? Are your knees throbbing in pain? Most ice climbers find this to be true. Often, a few simple tweaks can alleviate the pain.   1. Be sure you have the right crampon for the job. Choose a crampon designed for vertical ice climbing. A […]

The Dawns do Iceland

Many years ago I met another Dawn. Her name is Dawn Rathburn, but she became known as Other Dawn soon after showing up to the first Chicks Rock clinic at Red Rocks in 2009. At this clinic I taught Other Dawn to tie her figure 8 and other rock climbing basics. I then talked Other […]