Moab Classic Crack Climbs

Location Moab

Season Spring, Fall

Difficulty Beginner - Advanced

Duration 1 Day

Overview

Moab is world renown for its crack climbing. The seventies brought legends like Earl Wiggins, Charlie Fowler, Jay Smith and Kyle Copeland to Moab when it was just a speck of dust on Highway 6 after the uranium boom. These climbers wasted no time and developed routes that are still todays “Moab Classic Crack Climbs.”  Do you have your own hit list?  If not we can assess your ability and put one together for you!

A day with one of our experienced desert guides will get you to the climb faster and get you on your way to experiencing a piece of American climbing history. The Moab crack climbs of yesterday are still the standard today. Grab your gear and one of our guides and spend an unforgettable day climbing world famous outside of Moab.

 

Season Spring, Fall

Elevation 4001

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Itinerary

Follow your guide from the Red Rock Bakery to the climbing area.

From there you will work on improving your traditional climbing skills on the most iconic crack climbs in the Moab area.

To the get the best experience out of a day of “Moab Classic Crack Climbs” we recommend:

  • JHMG basic rock class or other climbing experience.
  • Knowledge of basic climbing knots and hitches.
  • Belay experience
  • Rappelling experience

 

Full Day: Price: $350 private; $210 pp/group

Group pricing is for 2-3 people on a trip. Please note, trips must reach minimum number of participants.

Because of scheduling, these trips cannot be booked online.  Please click here to inquire about specific dates or private trips.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

Unless other arrangements have been made, trips leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the Mc Stiff’s Plaza. You will follow your guide to one of the many climbing sites are close to town.

 

Located in southeast Utah, Moab is approximately 236 miles from Salt Lake City, 355 miles from Denver, 115 miles from Grand Junction and 458 miles from Las Vegas. Most trips and classes leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Many of our climbing sites are fairly close to town, while Indian Creek, Castle Valley and Fisher Towers take about an hour to get to. Once there however, there are miles of routes with close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal when compared to the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.  Climbing around Moab is usually about a 10 to 20 minute drive  from downtown. The approaches are very close to the car and routes are located close together.

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Be prepared to climb athletic routes. There are warm up routes to get familiar with the unique sandstone features of Moab. Come with an open mind and understand that the grade you climb in the gym or your local crag has little relevance in the Moab area.

 

Downtown Moab sits at 4000 ft. (1220 meters) so preparation is very important.  It is recommended that you arrive fit and hydrated. It is also recommended that you schedule mountain biking and other adventures after you have met your climbing objectives.

Southeast Utah is part of the Colorado Plateau, a “high desert” region that experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day. Thus the desert can be extremely hot in the sun, feel chilly in the shade and be downright cold at night. The temperate, and most popular, seasons are spring (April and May) and fall (mid-September through October), when daytime highs average 60º to 80º F and lows average 30º to 50º F. Summer temperatures can exceed 100º F, making strenuous exercise difficult. The late summer monsoon season brings violent storms, which often cause flash floods, of particular concern in canyon areas.

Dressing in layers is the most appropriate for the varying conditions. Be prepared with plenty of water, and enough clothing to be comfortable in changing or windy weather.

 

FOOTWEAR 

  • Approach Shoe – Guide Pick: Salewa  Firetail 3
  • Technical Rock Shoe: comfortable fit. -an aggressive fitting climbing, sport climbing shoe is not recommended.

CLOTHING

ACCESSORIES

  • 2 to 3 Liters of Water
  • For Approach Pack: hydration pack 2 liters
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Roll of 2 inch Cotton Athletic Tape

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT The Mountain Guides does provide technical climbing equipment (Helmet, Harness and personal protection equipment)  If you have your own, your are more than welcome to bring use it.

  • Harness
  • 3 Locking Carabineers
  • Belay/Rappel Device
  • Personal Attachment System

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or moab@jhmg.com.

I climb 5.10 in the gym. What should I expect with the crack climbing grades in the Moab area?

Know that you have a good foundation if you are training and spending time climbing in the gym or other sport climbing areas. Do KNOW that you need to throw out any ratings from sport climbing and the gym when you step outside into the world of crack climbing. Crack climbing in Moab is it's own beast. The routes are sustained and strenuous. The is no correlation between gym route grades and Moab climbing. You need to show up with an open mind for learning a new climbing technique.

Crack climbing sounds hard. Will I be able to do it?

Crack climbing is a different learning curve than face climbing. Think of climbing like swimming. You can swim but can you do the butterfly? Crack climbing is it's own discipline of climbing that can be mastered with an open mind and a little time with the guidance of one of our experienced guides.

Why Should I go with JHMG?

We always say that there are times to be budget conscious and times when you want the best.  Things like surgery, sky diving lessons and mountain/rock climbing are times when you really don't want to be looking for a bargain.  But if you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, with a well trained, certified and experienced guide service, you found one in JHMG.  But these are just words.  What sets us apart and what should you be looking for in a guide service? Good question, I am glad you asked.  First off.  JHMG is the second oldest guiding service in the US.  We have 48 Years of experience, which means that we have had time to refine our client processes, risk management procedures and have emerged a well-oiled machine, that knows how to provide a high level of service and do it safely. Second, JHMG is a National Park Service concessioner.  Our National Park Service is unscrupulous at vetting it's concessioners.  Not only do they pay close attention to our operations, but require visibility into our finances, insurance, hiring practices, environmental management practices, risk management practices and our customer satisfaction. In short.  We are required to run a very tight ship and we go under review EVERY YEAR!!!!  We welcome this scrutiny as an opportunity to make us better, and we apply this same high level of operation to every location we operate in. So you don't just have to take our word for it, the National Park Service stands behind our integrity as a company. In the end however, we are a company of passionate people who live and breath adventure.  We understand that to be the best, we need to seek out the best people and offer them a home and a professional opportunity.  All JHMG guides are employees,  not subcontractors.  They have retirement accounts, workers comp and are paid as professionals.  JHMG is also accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association.  Which means that our guides are not only vetted by an AMGA certified guide, but many undergo rigorous certification by a this third party organization in the discipline that they guide. But risk is a part of what we do.  So it is important that in the event of an incident, that our guides are capable of delivering a high level of care.  This is why all certified guides at JHMG are required to have at least Wilderness First Responder Medical training and many of our guides have gone on to get higher levels of medical training like Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC). I hope that the picture that is being painted is one of a professional, experienced and well trained guiding company.  But what about customer service?  We know that your time is precious, and we appreciate that you have a choice in how you spend that time.  That is why we take customer service very seriously.  From the moment you contact us, you will be treated with respect and professionalism.  Not just by our guides, but by the number of people who work behind the scenes to make sure that your adventure goes off without a hitch.  We can't control the weather, but we endeavor to make your experience everything you want it to be. So, if you are looking for a inexpensive guiding service for a one off adventure, we are probably not a great fit.  But if you want a professional, experienced team of people who will work hard to give you the experience of a lifetime, then look no further than Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Testimonials

  • Wow! What can I say? Thank you! I never thought I’d climb again and you guys gave me the confidence and encouragement to do it again. Today’s hike was long, but the view well worth it. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with me. Thanks again.

    — Liz
  • JHMG provides a total package experience for all level of adventures. I highly recommend them for an awesome and safe vacation.

    — Pablo Lima
  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding.   Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing.  The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews
  • If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

    — Darren Davis

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