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Indian Creek Crack Clinic, October 4-6, 2013
The March clinic is now full, but we have space available for October!
Normally the weather is great in March 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 of the weekend:
Arrive in Moab late afternoon on Friday, October 4. We will meet up at the Peace Tree at 4 to grab an early dinner and then head down to Indian Creek together. We will all camp and have a quick breakfast (coffee, tea, granola, bagels, etc.) and go out to the crag on Saturday morning.
The group will be limited to 8. 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. They also happen to play guitar and sing, which they have graciously consented to do around the campfire .
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 pm and return to our campsite, where Eula Gonzales (local chef) and Mario Richard (my lovely husband and camp manager) will have dinner cooking up for us. Campfire, beer, live entertainment from Chris and Lisa, and stars is the Saturday night agenda.
Sunday morning we’ll get up and have a full breakfast, coffee, and tea and head out to the cliffs to climb again. Eula will pack us off with burritos and snacks to eat at the crag that day.
For Sunday, 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. In the afternoon, we’ll let loose a little and get ropes up on some harder routes, for those who want to push themselves a little more.
We’ll also be joined on Sunday 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—he guarantees there will be at least 3 personal climbing shots for each of you, though probably more.
We’ll climb until 6 pm that day, and then pack it up and call it a weekend!
The clinic cost is $899. Clif Bar will provide each participant with a box of bars, and Evolv will set everyone up with a pair of Defy or Elektra laceups, a great crack shoe.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and I will get you all the information you need to register. Registration will close on September 4, 2013.
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.