“The Adirondacks are far from the Chicks Climbing home base in Ridgway, Colo., but since we have had hundreds of East Coast gals fly west to participate in Chicks Climbing events for many years, we thought it was only fair to bring our weekend Sterling Rope ‘Girly Gatherings’ out east,” said Head Chick, Kim Reynolds. “Here, in the beautiful Keene Valley our participants will get the same high-level Chicks instruction we are known for in a short-format course that is close to home.”
The short-format Chicks Rock! climbing clinic allows women to focus on improving their climbing skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Climbers of all levels are welcome to attend, with five different clinic levels to choose from. This program is presented through Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides and supported by The Mountaineer.
The Adirondacks is known for some of the finest traditional rock climbing available today; there are well over 250 climbing areas in the Adirondacks, all of which deal a very unique experience from the next. The Keene Valley – the center of the clinic – offers the largest variety of climbing in the Adirondacks, all within minutes of the group campsite. Most of the rock in this area is anorthosite; it’s a very coarse, hard rock and is often mistaken for granite, but is actually the same rock found on the moon.
“The clinic will begin with a meet-and-greet pizza dinner at Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides Friday night. At dinner the participants will get to know one another and share their goals for the clinic, which starts bright and early Saturday morning with a full eight hours of climbing. A group dinner Saturday night will ensure our Chicks have plenty of energy to do it all over again on Sunday,” Reynolds said “but we will be ending a bit earlier for a Chicks traditional closing ceremony before the ladies hit the road for home.”
Many women credit Chicks Rock! clinics with helping them break into a new level of climbing. Check out Beth’s testimony here, and Maria’s here to see just how much these women learned throughout the course of a clinic.
Interested in one of the other Chicks Rock! clinics? Other 2011 dates include Devil’s Lake, Wisc. July 29 – Aug. 1, and West Virginia’s New River Gorge, Sept. 23-25.
About Chicks Climbing
Chicks Climbing is the premier provider of women’s ice and rock climbing clinics in the U.S., teaching women of all abilities how to rock and ice climb. Chicks Climbing just wrapped its twelfth year of hosting Chicks with Picks ice-climbing clinics in Ouray, Colo., and is entering its third year of hosting Chicks Rock! rock-climbing clinics.