Moab Cracks and Towers

On this 4 day trip, we will tour Moab, UT  and climb some of the best splitter cracks and desert towers in the world. We will focus on crack climbing technique, placing cams, multi-pitch climbing, and summitting a desert tower!

$1,200.00

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Have questions? Ask one of our guides!

 

(720) 282-9235 | Info@saiguides.com

 

See below for more details

Details

Minimum Eligibility Criteria: Previous gym or outdoor climbing experience, ability to climb 5.8 on top rope, understanding of belay techniques common to single pitch climbing, familiarity with lowering and being lowered.

 

Length: 4 days, approximately 8 hours a day

 

Maximum Ratio: 4 participants, 1 guide (there will be an additional guide for the tower day)  

 

Minimum Age: Under 18 will need written consent from parent/guardian

Itinerary

Day 1: We’ll jump right in, climbing cracks of all shapes and sizes. Crack climbing technique, taping, and placing gear will be this day’s focus.

 

Day 2: We will do some mock leading, work on placements, discuss tactics, and anchoring. Oh yea, and more crack climbing!

 

Day 3: We will travel to another location to work on all things multi-pitch. Belaying from above, anchors, stance management, multi-pitch rappelling, and more.

 

Day 4: We saved the best for last. You’ll use all the skills learned on previous days and summit a desert tower!

Skills Covered

The following curriculum will be customized dependent on each participant’s skill level.

  • Crack climbing technique
  • Crack climbing tactics
  • Desert climbing considerations
  • Placing gear
  • Anchoring
  • Multi-pitch rappel techniques
  • Multi-pitch stance management

Price Includes

Does Include:

  • AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group Climbing Equipment
    • Ropes
    • Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
    • Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
    • Climbing Shoes
    • Helmet
    • Harness

Does Not Include:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Trip/cancellation Insurance
  • Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI

Equipment List

Clothing

Bottom

  • Cotton or synthetic climbing pants/capri’s
  • Shorts for hot weather

Top

  • Fleece or lightweight down sweater
  • Lightweight wind shell
  • Water proof rain jacket – lightweight gore-tex or similar
  • Short-sleeved shirt
  • (Optional) Sun hoody

Head

  • Baseball hat – for sun protection

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight leather belay gloves – hardware store versions are great

Feet

  • Sticky rubber approach shoes or light hiking/trail running shoes (closed toe mandatory)
  • Cotton or Synthetic socks

Technical Equipment 

  • Harness – UIAA/CE rated climbing harness with belay loop and gear loops.  Should be able to fit on the outside of your layers. 
  • Helmet – UIAA/CE rated climbing helmet.  
  • Belay/rappel device – plaquette, tube style device preferred
  • 2 locking carabiners – large, round stock screw gate carabiners that are easily manipulated while wearing gloves
  • Sticky rubber rock climbing shoes

*All technical equipment will be provided by SAI, but if you have our own, it’s encouraged that you bring it.

Food

  • 2L of water
  • 800 -1200 calories of food – energy bars, sandwiches, fruits, etc

Personal

  • Backpack – 25-30L
  • 2 Large mouth water bottles, 1L capacity each. 
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Smartphone
RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

FAQ

Q:What am I responsible to bring?

A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment. 

 

Q:How fit should I be for my course?

A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end.  While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.

 

Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?

A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.

 

Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?

A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages.  For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course. 

 

Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?

A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family. 

 

Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?

A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us. 

 

Q: Do you offer lodging options?

A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!



POLICIES

Please review our cancellation policy here.

 

Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.