Spring and fall are ideal
Ideal for intermediate to
Just an hour from Moab is the best crack climbing in the USA
Indian Creek is the epicenter of U.S. crack climbing. As a plus, you’re surrounded by the stunning Canyonlands National Park and a short drive from the outdoor hot-spot of Moab. Prepare for some of the best climbing of your life. Crack Camp will take place at a variety of climbing destinations in the Moab and Indian Creek area. As a group, you will camp together out in Utah’s gorgeous open spaces and climb together each day. You’ll gain personalized instruction by an expert guide and a range of new skills to take you farther, higher and back for more.
Most Popular Itinerary
3-Day Crack Clinic
Indian Creek crack climbing clinics are jam packed with technique, gear, and plain old rock-climbing adventure. Best for 5.9+ climbers, you’ll walk away with required crack skills such as rescue and retreat, movement, leading, anchoring and more. Sleep under the stars each night and conquer new routes each day.
Indian Creek crack climbing clinics are designed for climbers comfortable on 5.9 and above, who want to take climbing to a new level. On the multi-day trip, you’ll cover key concepts specific to crack climbing, such as fingers to fists, wide climbing technique, placing traditional climbing gear, tape gloves, leading and technical systems. You’ll get a low three to one student to instructor ratio for personalized guidance. As a bonus, you also climb with a professional photographer along for the entire clinic.
Things you need to know
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go rock climbing?
Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.
You’ll get the following included in this adventure package:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 3 full days of climbing
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included in the climbing package:
- Meals, you’ll need to bring your own food but an onsite kitchen and coolers will be provided
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
- Group campsite
- Group kitchen
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- All food and drink to be prepared and eaten at camp
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
- Tents — provided if packing light
- Pads — provided if packing light
- Sleeping pads — provided if packing light
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
This three-day crack clinic is geared for climbers who are comfortable climbing 5.9 and above. They are meant to develop existing skills that will take your trad and crack climbing to the next level. If you’re new to climbing, but want private instruction, a customized day with a private guide is the way to go.
What does a typical day look like?
- 8:30am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
- 9:30am: Gear up and carpool to the site
- 10:00am: Start climbing your objective for the day
- 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 1:00pm to 5:00pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
- 5:00pm: Call it a day and head to the campsite
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- The minimum age limit for this crack climbing clinic is 8 years old. Parents or guardians need to consider the level of previous experience the child has had. Use a high level of judgement concerning the child’s preparedness.
- If you plan to participate in this clinic with minors, please contact us prior to booking to discuss waivers and other requirements.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Group sizes are usually between 1–3 people with one guide for the clinics. Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Costs per person could decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.
If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
Carpool with your guide to Indian Creek, approximately 100 miles round trip from downtown Moab. Guides will accommodate if you aren’t returning to Moab after the clinic. If you drive on your own, rentals are available at all nearby airports including Grand Junction, Salt Lake City and Denver. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.