Entries by Kitty Calhoun

Floating

by Kitty Calhoun Co-Owner, Chicks Climbing and Skiing A couple of weeks ago, I arrived at the International Climbers Fest in Lander, Wyoming, and was warmly greeted by a Chicks alumna, Amy Skinner.  She informed me that they were doing a podcast called the Hooligan Narratives (https://www.facebook.com/thehoulihannarratives/),  and wanted me to tell a story with […]

Voluntary Simplicity and the Art of Packing

“No. No, you don’t need that either.” I said to my son, Grady, as he packed for a multi-day, rock climbing trip. “You mean you only take one pair of pants, one T-shirt, one long sleeve, a sweater and a rain jacket?” he asked. “Yep, and a toothbrush.” I said. “Just make sure your clothes […]

Get a New Attitude

Black Diamond Equipment was originally founded as Chouinard Equipment by Yvon Chouinard. Chouinard was a visionary big wall, ice and alpine climber who also happened to be an ironworker.  In his classic book, Climbing Ice, Yvon states, “In 1967 Tom Frost and I not only designed a new ‘alpine hammer’ with a drooping pick, but […]

Hangry?

My most difficult ski tours have been approaches to winter alpine objectives—breaking trail for miles through deep snow toward majestic peaks that beckon with the satisfaction of a challenging route. When I was younger, I commonly packed nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies for these long days out in the mountains. As […]

Opening Up

Funny how the Thanksgiving season is followed by Christmas. During Thanksgiving we are to take notice of all that we are to be thankful for and one of the greatest gifts we have is each other.  So on Christmas, we demonstrate that appreciation and love with gifts.  This is a reaffirming occasion since much of […]