Rock Climbing Guiding and Clinics

We offer two Indian Creek clinics per year, spring and fall, and we also offer personal climbing days on the towers, around Moab or at Indian Creek.

If you are looking to improve your crack skills and meet new people, come join the next Indian Creek clinic!

Normally the weather is great in April and it’s high desert season in October, the perfect time for climbing at Indian Creek! If you can follow 5.10 or 5.11 elsewhere, or if you are comfortable leading 5.9 to 5.10 elsewhere, you will be able to learn a lot about the pure cracks and get lots of climbing in.

Here’s the rundown:
Arrive in Moab on Sunday afternoon. We will meet up at the Peace Tree at 3 and then head down to Indian Creek together. That evening, we’ll set up camp on private property and have dinner around the campfire together. Monday morning we’ll get up for coffee and breakfast (coffee, tea, granola, bagels, etc.) and go out to the crag. Lunch is also provided for you.

Lisa Hathaway and Chris Kalous, fantastic desert climbers and coaches, will be there to make sure we have plenty of additional belaying, rope gunning and coaching.

We’ll spend the first day learning basics (hand and finger taping, hand and foot jam techniques), primarily toproping to really focus on those technical elements and get in tune with the sandstone cracks.

We’ll leave the crag at 5 or 6 pm and return to our campsite, where dinner will be waiting for us. Campfire, beer, live entertainment from Chris and Lisa, and stars is the Saturday night agenda.

Tuesday morning we’ll get up and have a full breakfast, coffee, and tea and head out to the cliffs to climb again, and lunch is provided again that day.

For Tuesday, we will get a little more in depth with Indian Creek techniques—more practice of off-sizes, and leading for those who want to work on that. We’ll also work on gear tips, leading tactics and racking. In the morning, we will do mock leads, a great exercise to practice leading in a safe environment and an opportunity for you to have an expert climbing remove and evaluate your gear placements. In the afternoon, we’ll also get ropes up on some harder routes, for those who want to push themselves a little more.

We’ll also be joined by pro photographer Chris Hunter. Chris will take lots of shots of us at the crag, and he’ll also choose 1-2 routes and station himself on the wall to shoot photos of everyone climbing from above. After the event, he’ll upload all the images to his site, and everyone can download these images to have and to keep in high res.

The clinic cost is $1200, all inclusive. Clif Bar will provide each participant with a box of bars, and Evolv provides everyone with a pair of Addict crack slippers. You need only to bring your harness and tent/sleeping bag/pad.

If you have a spouse, significant other or friend who doesn’t climb but would like to come out and eat, drink and camp out with us, the more the merrier! We can accommodate more friends at our site, with a charge for the cost of their meals and beverages, if you let us know in advance. There is plenty to do during the day around Indian Creek, hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing in Canyonlands.

If you’d like to register, send me an email ( or and I will get you all the information you need to register.
Hope to see you all in crack paradise!

“I wanted to write to say thanks for letting me participate in the crack clinic. Climbing in any way at Indian Creek has been something I’ve really been wanting to do. With the climbing being so hard and not being a good trad leader it has always been out of my reach. Talking with the rest of the group yesterday morning I think we all agreed that we didn’t just feel like “clients” – we kind of felt like we’d been given a temporary “locals card” for the weekend – lol. I’ve been to so many things over the years like classes and even private guiding where I felt like a client, was treated like a number and was completely micro-managed. While I still learned things and dont regret those courses your crack clinic weekend was so much better and as much about the experience as the training and for that I’m thankful.” M.P.


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