Kicking Axe for 15 Years


Ridgway, Colo., December 11, 2013 – Recent weather patterns are shaping 2014 into a banner ice year in Ouray, Colorado, home of Chicks with Picks, the premier provider of women’s ice climbing clinics in the U.S. Toss your heels aside and strap on your crampons for an amazing weekend of learning the art of grace on the ice. We welcome women climbers of all levels to four different clinics.

The Graduate (Jan 4-7) – For Chicks with Picks Alumnae who are solid intermediate climbers

The Complete (Jan 15-19) – Intensive four day clinic takes your climbing to the next level, includes a skills day

The Sampler (Jan 25-28) – Three days on the ice focusing on technique

The Quickie (Jan 31-Feb 2) – A taste of the full ice climbing experience

Chicks graduates will walk away with several hours of ice time under the watchful eye of professional women climbers, Girly Guides, at a 4-to-1 ratio. Participants will learn proper stance and swing, efficient resting techniques, rope handling, reading ice, training and nutrition ideas, and more as each clinic is tailored to the woman’s climbing experience. In addition, Chicks with Picks programs include climbing gear, lodging and meals.

Our participants become self sufficient, confident and skilled climbers who often return year after year to hone their skills. Chicks with Picks is a unique program because we climb, eat, play, and party together after a day on the ice. It’s the camaraderie, friendships, and climbing partners that form through the Chicks experience that make this program like no other.

What Else?
Two of the clinics include access to Chicks events that are open to the public and designed to inspire the climbing community:

Women Who Dare with Chris Noble (based on his book: s Most Inspiring Women Climbers.
Monday, Jan 27
Ouray Community Center
7:00 PM Gear proceeds to go the Ouray Ice Park
8:30 PM Presentation

Winter Slide Show and Gear Auction
Friday, Jan 17
Ouray Opera House
7:00 PM Gear Auction – proceeds go to the Tri-County Women’s Resource Center
9:00 PM Live Music 15th Anniversary Party!!
Get more details on the 2014 Winter Presentations


Chicks withPicks Clinics range in price from $740 - $1,400 and include several hours of climbing lessons at 4 to 1 guide to participant ratio, lodging fees, meals and demo gear from Chicks sponsors including Marmot and Osprey. Register online.

About Chicks Climbing:
Chicks Climbing hosts two women’s programs in the vertical world! Chicks with Picks® has been Kicking Axe® with our ice climbing clinics in Ouray, Colorado for 15 years, while Chicks Rock! has inspired women all over the United States for five years. Learn more at, on Facebook or call (970) 623-2442.

Our mantra is women climbing with women for women. Over the past 15 years we have raised more than $175,000 for local women’s shelters as well as $15,000 in
support of the Ouray Ice Park which makes these clinics possible. We understand that climbing is a very focused, self-oriented sport. Therefore, we believe it’s important to look outside our personal goals and help those in need.

Want more?
Photos and interviews with nationally recognized Girly Guides available upon request.