Entries by Kitty Calhoun

Petzl’s Passion 

Since the early 1900’s Petzl’s passion for exploration has led to many innovations transcending from the caving world up into the rock, ice, and ski mountaineering world. Petzl’s mission is to “continue to invent products and provide solutions that allow sports enthusiasts and professionals to access some of the most inaccessible places, both day and […]

Cool Weather Rock Climbing Tips for Staying Toasty

BRRRR! Did you know that 32-41°F is the best sending temperature? Hands and fingers get the best friction near freezing because they don’t sweat; and, climbing shoe rubber is designed to perform best at these temperatures too. Autumn temperatures can send chills down your spine and make your hands go numb if you’re not ready. Follow […]


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 […]