Rock Climbing Progression Series in Moab

Moab | Utah
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Top reasons to upgrade your skills in Moab

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    Take in some of the most breathtaking desert landscapes in the US

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    Excellent rock variety equals thrilling and diverse climbs

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    Plenty of hiking, canyoneering and other off-the-rock opportunities

With sky-splitting sandstone towers and epic sun-kissed arches, Moab is one of the most scenic climbing destinations in the States. The quality of the rock matches the vistas: Moab boasts a wealth of otherworldly sandstone formations, from the textured Chinle Formation of the talus cones to the Permian gray limestone in the high-altitude La Sal Mountains. The thousands of bouldering and sport climbing routes adorning Moab’s soaring red cliffs are accessible, exciting, and dry year-round. From splitter crack climbs to tower conquests, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Find out more about rock climbing in Moab from Cody Bradford, AMGA Rock Guide and 57hours ambassador.


March, October

Nearest city

Salt Lake City, UT, is 4 hours away from Moab


5 days

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Rock Climbing Progression Series in Moab

5 days

If you’re an intermediate climbing enthusiast looking to push their skills to the next level, this guided rock climbing progression course in Moab, Utah is the way to go. Up your climbing game on Moab’s sun-bathed walls under the watchful eye of a seasoned AMGA-certified guide. Work on your anchors, learn to lead, master the art of multi-pitch transitions, and so much more!

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Day 1: Movement skills, belaying, and rope management

Meet your guide and head out for a full day on the rocks! Today you’ll work on your movement skills on both face and crack climbs, as well as review your belaying, rope management, and knot tying knowledge. Remember: strong movement skills equal safety on the rocks.

Climbers hiking to a route in Moab

Day 2: Anchors and rappelling

Day 2 is meant to lay the foundation for artificial (trad), bolted, and natural anchors, gear placement, and rappelling. You’ll also get the chance to prove yourself by putting what you just learned to use.

Day 3: Rest day, descend a slot canyon

Rest day! Take a breather and get ready for the final two days of the course. Instead of climbing, you’ll be descending a slot canyon, with numerous obstacles and rappelling opportunities.

Day 4: Climbing a desert tower, multi-pitch skills

Rise bright and early to climb a desert tower appropriate for your skill level! You’ll work on your multi-pitch skills with a strong emphasis on transitions.

Climber on a sandstone wall in Moab

Day 5: Learn to lead, debrief

Time to lead! Day 5 is focused on the natural progression of lead climbing. You’ll learn to lead on both bolts and gear, and you’ll have plenty of time to practice your new skills. End the day with a comprehensive and educational debrief.


Reviews (4)

Have a stellar day in the mountains!
Laura D. about Golden Mountain Guides

This is the best way to experience the mountains at whatever comfort level you require. I have used Golden Mountain Guides 6 times as my climbing has progressed and have never been disappointed. It feels safe yet challenging. Face it, climbing is scary if you have any common sense at all, and with their guides, I have been able to manage my fear and test my limits without being foolhardy. This would be fun with older children who have had some indoor climbing experience.

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Catoasch about Golden Mountain Guides

Took a group of friends to Moab to do some canyoneering and climbing, and could have not asked for better guides. Doug and Jack were amazing, encouraging, and super professional. Their rope work was really efficient and they took us to some really beautiful places! I will travel with them again.

Rock climbing is the best
Lauren G. about Golden Mountain Guides

Ben was such a good guide! Had such a fantastic day! Will definitely be back and will recommend! Such an awesome day.

Amazing experience!
Anthony G. about Golden Mountain Guides

Amazing experience, excellent guiding and service. I highly recommend Golden Mountain Guides. My fiancé and I have used other guides in the past, Ben, with Golden Mountain Guides, has been the best! Thank you!

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Covid measures in Moab, Utah

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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Moab, UT, please refer to the official US COVID-19 travel requirements and Utah’s COVID-19 travel information.

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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An AMGA-certified climbing guide
  • Four days of rock climbing and instruction
  • A day of canyoneering
  • All technical rock climbing equipment

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Food and snacks
  • Entrance and parking fees where necessary

How fit do I need to be?

This course is meant for climbers with a strong base level of fitness. You’ll be lead climbing, ascending multi-pitches, descending canyons, and much more for five full days. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

This course is meant for intermediate climbers. Participants should be able to comfortably top rope 5.9 outdoors and have some experience with basic rock climbing techniques such as belaying. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best-hidden gems the area has to offer.

What about the required equipment?

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 a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Ropes
  • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • 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 (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • 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 age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • The max guest-to-guide ratio for this course is 5:1.
  • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Climbing courses in Moab 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.

Cancellation policy

Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

  • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
  • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
  • For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
  • After that deadline, the Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Moab, UT, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport 4 hours away. From there, you can rent a car, take a shuttle, or take a local flight to Moab’s Canyonlands Regional Airport.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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