Chicks Unleashed 2005

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Reported by Rosie Goolden on 05-11-2004

Chicks Unleashed is the UK's Winter Mountain Seminar for women, to be held in Scotland from Sunday 6th - Sunday 13th February, 2005. Based at the awesome new Ice Factor, Kinlochleven, Chicks Unleashed aims to bring together women of all abilities who share a passion for the mountains and would like to further their mountaineering or climbing skills in an all female environment.

The event takes place over 7 days, allowing you to chose a 5 or 2 day experience. During the week, there will be 3 clinics available for you to participate in: Skills, Mountaineering and Climbing. All the clinics have been designed by women specifically for women and, will be led by women.

The Skills Clinics are aimed at walkers, scramblers and climbers alike, whether you would like to make your mountain adventures safer, or experience your first footsteps on snow. The Skills Clinics may cover use of the ice axe and crampons, avalanche awareness and route planning, depending on individual needs. For those of you who already have some knowledge of the winter scene and either wish to progress to the next level or learn new techniques then the Mountaineering Clinics are for you. They may include tackling ridges, use of a rope for security and getting out of difficult situations. The Climbing Clinics are for those who have some experience of winter and wish to progress, whether you have never handled a rope before, are fed up with being labelled the belay bunny, or are already an accomplished winter climber. During the weekend you may want to learn to lead, look at rope and stance management, or simply a guided experience or to become a competent and happy second.

Given the low ratios involved all the clinics will be tailored to suit individuals needs and experience.

Chicks Unleashed will be instructed by the some of the most experienced female mountaineering instructors around. All the instructors have years of personal mountaineering experience, and share a great enthusiasm for winter climbing and mountains in general. Expect inspirational and entertaining speakers and skills sessions during the evenings. The seminar is an excellent opportunity to network, where youll meet women with an amazing range of experience and adventures.

It is going to be an awesome weekend so pen it on your calendar and tell your girl friends!

For full details check out the web site at, which will be updated by the end of the week. also has all the details of the event. Alternatively contact Rosie Goolden on 01540 661806 or

The seminar is supported by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, The Association of Mountaineering Instructors, The Ice Factor, Planet Fear and Mountain Works

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