In 2012, Delaney Carpenter founded the Rock Chicks Climbing Community.  The purpose was and still is simple: to create a climbing community for women in the sport and to give back to the environment, our fellow climbers and any others we can help along the way.

As a result, Rock Chicks has become more than just a website for a community of climbers: it has now found its purpose.  Any woman climber wishing to join a community of like-minded individuals and make a difference in the world is invited to join us.  Please contact delaney@rock-chicks.co.za for more information.

Delaney Carpenter

Founder of Rock Chicks, Delaney Carpenter has been climbing since 2009 and is a member of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) (Cape Town Section) where she has served as Convenor of the Rock Climbing Sub-Committee and has sat on various other Sub-Committees, including Access and Expeditions.  Delaney was very active in running Beginner Sport Climbing Meets for new and potential MCSA Members.  Delaney is now the Convenor for the MCSA Youth Section through which a number of climbing activities and programs are being run. Delaney is also a certified Western Cape Climbing Coach and is a Director and one of the Incorporators of Top Out Climbing Club. Delaney has a passion for the environment and for making a difference in the world. As she puts it, “Our only contribution to our planet shouldn’t be adding to the already vast population of mankind. We need to do more and if we each did one thing extra, we would already be making a significant enough change.”

Climbing Grades:

  • Traditional Climbing: 15
  • Sport Climbing: 22
  • Bouldering: 6C+

Tammy Caine

Tammy works for FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in KZN and one of the Directors of Rock Chicks. Her interest in climbing began in 2015 when she started climbing trees using a static line to install owl boxes and retrieve Crowned Eagle nestlings for research. She then went on to include cliff work, abseiling to retrieve vulture nestlings for research. Tammy began rock climbing as an outdoor fitness hobby.

Climbing Grades:

  • Sport Climbing: 14