Climbers from around the world flock onto the Moab scene in the fall and spring. The weather is ideal for crack and face climbing on the famous sandstone of the Utah desert. The Moab 8-Day Rock Camp takes a relatively new climber who has some climbing background, from gyms or the outdoors, and develops that climber into a fully functional outdoor climber. This course takes the participant through a progression of skills. These skills include: Belaying and rappelling, Movement (face and crack climbing), Artificial Protection Placement, Natural Protection, Anchor Building, Sport Leading, Trad Leading, Multi-pitch Climbing, and Bouldering. You may even get in a day of canyoneering to give the arms a rest!
Each CMS guide is AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained and certified with many years of personal and professional experience. They will tailor the specifics of the course to the actual participants and create group and individual progressions of skills. Evening campfire discussions may consist of climbing-related topics. These topics may include: injury prevention, personal journeys as climbers, Leave No Trace ethics, climbing area access and the Access Fund, and more.
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Participants on this course should have some prior experience with climbing, including a working understanding of top-roped belaying. Fitness requirements include the ability to hike 4-5 miles, rock climb at a level from 5.6-5.9 or higher, and the ability to be physically active for many days in a row. Climbers who already have some leading and anchor building skills will still get a lot out of this course due to the ability of the guides to use the venues to create individualized development.
Participants will get more out of the course by learning as much as they can beforehand. Reading books on anchor building and lead climbing, taking courses at local gyms, going out with friends to the gym or the outdoors will all set you up for success. Fitness training can include both strength and cardio training such as pull-ups, cross-fit, Yoga, stair-master. Climbing requires flexibility, strength, cardiovascular strength, and endurance.
Arrival: Book your flight to Grand Junction Regional Airport for the day before Day 1 of your trip. You will stay in a hotel after arriving. The hotels that are close to the airport have shuttle services. Please let us know if you would like to connect with other participants to share hotel expenses. Meet your guides in the lobby at the airport on Day 1 of your trip at 8:00am with all of your baggage/gear for the trip.
Food: Breakfast and half of the dinners will be included in the cost of the course. Several of the dinners will be spent in town. Moab has many great restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries – plan financially for some meals to be out on the town, including the option for alcoholic drinks. On day 1, we will have time to stop at a grocery store to stock up on food supplies for the duration of the trip. Lunch will not be included in the price and participants are responsible for purchasing food and supplies for lunch. There will be coolers available to keep some items cooled.
Sleeping Arrangements: You will be sharing a 3-person tent with one other person. The tent is provided by CMS. You will be camping in federal campgrounds with pit toilets, but no running water. There will be large jugs of water available at camp.
Showers: You will have the opportunity to take showers most days of the course. You will use the Moab Aquatic Center, which has private shower stalls in a public shower/bath room. Showers are about $5 per person.
Internet/Wifi/Cell Service: You will have access to cell service when in the town of Moab. When at the climbing areas and camp, there is no cell service. Some cafes offer free wifi. For charging your phones and cameras, you may plug into the van when driving, though guides get first dibs for risk management purposes. Bringing a solar charger or extra battery chargers are probably your best options for charging.
Participation: Most of the climbing areas are such that if a person is feeling under the weather or tired, they can still hang out with the group, even if they are not climbing and taking it easy. If someone would like to hang out in town for a day and take a day off, in most cases, that would be manageable.
All of our courses can be run as custom outings. If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.