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Women-only adventure clinics offer challenge and support

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Inga Mader of Chicago, Ill., descends after a climb with Chicks with Picks in New Hampshire. (Photo by Dara L. Miles)

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Inga Mader (in blue) of Chicago, Ill. hangs on a curtain of ice at Chicks with Picks clinic in New Hampshire. (Photo courtesy of Dale Edwards)

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Liz Craig-Olin of Brookline, Mass., is roped and ready to climb at a Chicks with Picks clinic in New Hampshire. (Photo by Dara L. Miles)

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Inga Mader of Chicago, Ill., works the ropes for another Chicks with Picks clinic participant. (Photo by Dara L. Miles)

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All-female extreme adventure camps and clinics are gaining in popularity. Women who might not otherwise sign up to learn high-altitude mountaineering, ice climbing, or rock climbing, find a comfort zone where there are "no boys allowed."


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