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It’s safe to say that Utah’s Moab region is every climber’s dream come true—an abundance of routes, the captivating nature as far as the eye can see, and numerous breathtaking sandstone towers you can ascend make this area one of the premier rock climbing spots in the USA. With twenty different world-renowned towers at your disposal, offering routes perfect for intermediate and advanced climbers ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.11, the Moab area is a climbing gift that keeps on giving. Add to that a knowledgeable guide who’ll offer a wealth of valuable climbing tips and techniques and you won’t leave disappointed. The Moab region serves as a backdrop in countless movies and commercials, so why not go there and explore this iconic climbing location. Find out everything you need to know about rock climbing in Moab from Cody Bradyford, AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador.

Adventure highlights

  • Admire the magnificent palette of reds and oranges all around you

  • Escape the commotion of city life and explore this serene climbing paradise

  • Feel the rush upon conquering some of the world’s most iconic sandstone formations

Available itineraries

Tower Pursuits

Spend two days climbing Moab’s most stunning sandstone towers sculpted by sun, wind and rain and take in the expansive red and orange landscapes simply begging to be seen. Some of the classics include Ancient Art and The Kor-Ingalls Route, recognized as one of the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll learn a whole host of skills specific for climbing a tower and the best thing is that you get to choose which tower you wish to summit, all according to your abilities!

  • Day 1: Prepare for your tower climb

    On Day 1, you can expect to:

      • Learn specific skills for climbing a tower
      • Revisit belay skills by belaying a top roped and lead climber
      • Learn some rappel skills and how to clean and rack climbing protection along with dismantling anchors
      • Climbing skills included are finger and hand cracks, off widths and chimney techniques
      • Learn to make reusable tape gloves
    Climbers preparing equipment for a climb

    Day 2: Apply newly-learned skills and achieve your climb

    On the second day of the program, you’ll get to the trailhead and head for a 45+ minute approach up the talus cone to the tower base. You’ll apply the skills you learned on Day 1 in order to achieve your climb. There are 20 different towers included in the program and your guide will make sure to help you choose the one suitable for your climbing abilities! Some of the classics include Ancient Art in the Fisher Towers, The Kor-Ingalls Route recognized in the historic climbing guidebook Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, Lonely Vigil on the Light House Tower as well as the iconic high points South and North Sixshooters located at Indian Creek.

    The Castletown Tower Area

     

Extreme Tower Pursuits

With easy access to thousands of climbing routes, the Moab region has a lot to offer even to the hardiest and most seasoned of climbers. If you already have a lot of climbing experience under your belt and are looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure on Utah’s magnificent rocks, this extreme program is ideal for you. You’ll climb some of the more challenging routes in the region ranging in difficulty from 5.9 to 5.11, but your guide will always be there to help you achieve your tower dreams.

  • Day 1: Revisit the most important skills

    Your guide will go over some crucial skills and techniques you’ll need to use the following day and the two of you will be able to revisit some skills that you’re probably already familiar with. You will:

      • Learn specific skills for climbing a tower and climb along the way
      • Revisit belay skills by belaying a top roped and lead climber
      • Learn some rappel skills and how to clean and rack climbing protection along with dismantling anchors
      • Climbing skills included are finger and hand cracks, off widths and chimney techniques
      • Learn to make reusable tape gloves
    A climber belaying

    Day 2: Climb the more extreme towers

    After refreshing your memory on how to implement some of the climbing skills, you’ll get to ascend some of the more demanding towers that the exquisite Moab area has to offer. There are in total 20 towers you can choose from, but the more challenging ones include some of the routes on Indian Creek’s North Sixshooters (5.9-5.11) and Lonely Vigil on the Lighthouse Tower (5.10+), but there a is a slew of other routes to choose from as well.

    North Sixshooter Peak

     

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Meet your guide

The Mountain Guides
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The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides have been leading mountain adventurers in the Western US since 1968. With some of the most experienced mountain guides in the country, TMG leads hundreds of people every year in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana, the canyons and towers of Utah, on Cody’s South Fork ice falls, the cliffs and crags of Boulder, Colorado, in Red Rock, Nevada, and City of Rocks, Idaho.
5.00 (6 reviews)
Oleg & Mariann Neverovitch (source: The Mountain Guides' web)

Awesome experience: great guide, fantastic routes, perfect location and nice weather. What more could you possibly wish for?

Paul F (source: The Mountain Guides' web)

Having never rock climbed before, we were not sure what to expect. From start to finish, the experience was wonderful. JHMG was easy to deal with when booking and their emphasis on safety and professional instruction made for a great experience

Shana Stratford (source: The Mountain Guides' web)

Aimee [Barnes] was fantastic, knowledgeable and fun! She made our day amazing!

Greg Cutcher (source: The Mountain Guides' web)

Aimee was fantastic. Her experience really shined through in how she built the progression of our day. We felt incredibly supported and, by the end of the day, accomplished. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone.

Always professional, always personable, always safe, always considerate. They take the time to develop a plan with the client that creates a fun and challenging experience; also, they provide valuable teaching moments along the way. I look forward to using their services again.

Deacon Turner (source: The Mountain Guides' web)

Doug Workman is a true professional. Competent, patient and enjoyable. I would put him on the short list of best guide experiences we have ever had, in any endeavor.

Armelle Le Guelte

The two days I spent climbing with my guide Jason in Moab were fantastic! On the first day, I had an introduction to crack climbing techniques and I realized how little I knew about it! It was hard but really interesting and Jason was a great teacher and very patient. On the second day, we did Ancient Art Tower, I felt safe for my first multi-pinch ascent! The climb was memorable. Jason is a great guide, very knowledgeable but also funny and easy to talk to. I felt like I was climbing with a trustworthy friend!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Moab region, UT, please refer to the City of Moab, Discover Moab and the Official Government of Utah website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Two full days of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • All technical climbing gear

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
  • In order to participate in this adventure, you’ll need to be in good physical shape and have some already-existing crack climbing skills, seeing as the towers range in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.11. However, your guide will make sure to provide a refresher on belay and rappel skills and teach you some specific skills for climbing a tower. The crack climbing skills include finger cracks, hand cracks, off-widths and chimney techniques. You should expect scrambling as well as some third and fourth class climbing and in some cases fifth class climbing just to get to the base of some towers.

  • The routes offered on this adventure range from 5.7 and up, meaning that beginners will have to gain some experience first before attempting to climb them. If you wish to sharpen your climbing skills in Moab, check out some beginner-friendly rock climbing tours in Moab.
    If you’re comfortable with 5.7s and up and already have some crack climbing skills, your guide will help you improve your climbing, belay and rappel skills and you’ll be able to apply them to conquer a tower of your choice. The crack climbing skills include finger cracks, hand cracks, off-widths and chimney techniques. You’ll be able to choose a tower specific to your climbing abilities and you don’t need to worry because there is something for everyone seeing as the program offers 20 different towers to climb.
    For intermediate to advanced climbers, the Moab region has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals.

  • 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:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with 3 locking carabiners, belay/rappel device
      • Ropes
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 35-40L bag)
      • Smaller day pack for tower pursuit climbs (15-20 liter)
      • Approach shoes
      • Technical rock shoes
      • Synthetic shorts
      • Pants for climbing
      • Long sleeve and/or short sleeve wicking T-shirt
      • Long sleeve cotton T-shirt
      • Lightweight wind shell
      • Water — 2 to 3 liters or hydration pack
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, roll of 2 inch cotton athletic tape)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    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.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The group size for these private climbs are usually between 1–2 people with one guide.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for this adventure, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

    Climbing days in the Moab region can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Moab, most people fly to Canyonlands Regional Airport (CNY) in Moab, UT. Other options include flying into Grand Junction Regional Airport, CO, about a two-hour drive away, and Salt Lake City International Airport, UT, which is four hours away.
    On the day of your climb, you will meet your guide in Moab. Most trips and classes leave from the Red Rock Bakery 74 South Main Street, Moab, across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season.

  • Once your trip is confirmed, the following fees apply.

    • If you cancel more than 30 days from the start of your trip, you’re entitled to a full refund, less a $50 processing fee.
    • If you cancel 14 to 30 days before your trip, you’re entitled to 50% of your payment.
    • If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, or fail to appear, you will be charged for the entire amount of your trip.

    All requests for cancellations and date changes must be submitted in writing by mail or email.

    Your guide reserves the right to cancel any program due to inadequate bookings, weather or route conditions, or for any other reason. If they must cancel a trip, a full refund will be given and every effort will be made to reschedule. In such cases, your guide is not responsible for expenses incurred by the client in connection with the trip such as airfare, car rental, equipment purchases, etc.

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