What could be better than hearing the sound of an ice axe going THUNK deep into the ice? Well … the sound of a solid stick when YOU are swinging the tool, of course! Well-balanced, calmly on your front-points, high up on an icy cliff. Over the years, I have been fortunate to go adventuring with Chicks through the pleasures of the Ouray Ice Park, to the magic of arctic Iceland, to wild, wonderful Wyoming. The journey has been one filled with laughter and learning – the learning not only about climbing but also encompassing the many life lessons of the mountains.