Top three reasons to go crack climbing in Indian Creek
Spend your nights in the old-timey but well-equipped Needles Outpost
Unwind with guided meditation and yoga sessions in breathtaking wilderness
Master the fundamentals of crack climbing on Indian Creek’s world-class sandstone routes
Indian Creek, also known as “Crack City”, is one of those seminal climbing locations, with hundreds of classic climbs and thousands of climbers conquering them year-round. With massive parallel cracks, technical sandstone routes, and breathtaking desert landscapes, the area epitomizes crack climbing in the Southwest. Whether you’re cupping up Jolly Rancher’s monumental splinter, taking on Way Rambo’s challenging twin hand traverses, or facing your fears on the aptly-named Super Crack, you’re guaranteed to have a good time here. And with over 1,000 varied and engaging climbing routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.12, it’s the ideal place to get into the sport! Head to Indian Creek for a crack climbing marathon of a lifetime. Find out why Indian Creek is the home of the best crack climbing from Cody Bradford, AMGA-certified rock guide and 57hours ambassador.
Moab, UT, is 1 hour away from Indian Creek
Intermediate to advanced
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Women’s Crack Climbing Retreat in Indian Creek
If you’re an experienced climber looking to up your crack climbing game, this women’s retreat in the stunning Indian Creek is just what you need! Join your AMGA-certified rock guide for a three-day crack climbing extravaganza. Learn the fundamentals of crack climbing, hone your technical climbing skills, and master efficient and fluid movement on the cracks. Spend your time off the rocks in the rustic Needles Outpost, and enjoy meditation, yoga, delicious food, and the company of friendly, like-minded women!
Day 1: Welcome to Indian Creek!
Arrive at your campsite in the Needles Outpost by 4 pm, check in, and get settled. Take the chance to meet the group and get an overview of the retreat, setting the goals and intentions for the climbs. Afterward, shake off the pains of travel with a Thai massage! Enjoy your dinner on your own or as a group, and hit the sack early—you’ll need to be well-rested for the climbs to come!
Day 2: All things crack
After breakfast, participate in a warm-up and some morning meditation. Today’s your first full day of climbing, and you’ll mostly be working on your crack climbing technique with your guide. Wrap up your time on the rocks with a debrief and a discussion of your crack climbing goals and intentions. Conclude the day with some sunset yoga and a delicious dinner.
Day 3: More crack climbing
Kick off your final day with breakfast, a warm-up, and some meditation. Time for some more crack work—fingers, hands, fists, off sizes, and more! After a final light yoga session, finish your tour up with a closing circle debrief and processing.
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My experience with Earth Play Retreats was everything I expected, and much more! Heidi’s professional, yet relaxed, demeanor helped me accomplish far more than I thought possible in just a few short days. She encouraged me to keep going when I thought I couldn’t climb any higher, and helped me gain the confidence to climb my first multi-pitch route. Thanks to this retreat, I’ve found a love of climbing. I can’t wait to attend another one of these events!
Things to know
Covid measures in Indian Creek, 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 Indian Creek, UT, please refer to 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 you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Two nights of camping accommodations
- Two full days of crack climbing and instruction
- Two yoga sessions
- A complimentary Thai massage
What’s not included:
- Food, drinks, and snacks
- Shoes and climbing harness (can be rented from your guides)
How fit do I need to be?
This crack climbing retreat is meant for women with a climbing background and excellent fitness levels. You will be taking on strenuous climbs rated at 5.9 or above for two full days, learning the fundamentals of crack climbing. Make sure you’re healthy, in good physical shape, and ready for the climbs.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
This tour is meant for women with some climbing experience looking to improve their climbing skills and work on their crack climbing technique. For intermediate to advanced climbers, Indian Creek has loads of crack climbing routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. 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 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:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag (can be rented from your guide)
- Rock shoes (can be rented from your guide)
- 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
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
The Needles Outpost has a well-equipped general store with ice, snacks, drinks, and other supplies you might need on your trip.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- This tour is not private. The max guest-to-guide ratio is 4:1, with a maximum of 8 participants per tour.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
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.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Indian Creek, UT, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport 6 hours away. From there, you can rent a car and head straight there. Alternatively, you can take a local flight or shuttle to Moab and drive to Indian Creek.
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 Canyonlands Needles Outpost campground or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.