The Hook – Big Wall Clinic

Location Moab

Season Fall

Difficulty Intermediate

Duration 2-3 Days

Overview

Come and learn all the fundamental skills needed to successfully climb big wall routes. Take your climbing to the next level with this 2-day clinic with potential to add on a third day for a desert aid route.

 

Prerequisites – Comfortable with long days of climbing 5.8 outside and experience with multi pitch climbing and basic climbing systems (belaying, rappelling, cleaning gear, etc.)

 

Season Fall

Minimum Age 18

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Progress through all the building blocks of clean aid climbing in the spectacular setting of Moab, UT. You are guaranteed to leave this course with a broader understanding of what it takes to climb a big wall. Whether your goals are preparing for a specific climb, seeking a new challenge, or just looking to expand your skill set, The Hook two-day clinic is for you.

Our guides for this clinic are world class and experienced in big wall climbing tactics honed from years spent in all sorts of wild and exotic destinations. They are all AMGA certified Rock Guides.

The 3-day clinic is the same as the 2-day clinic but for those that want the Big Wall experience, we are offering a third day to climb an aid route with a private guide using the skills you take away from the previous two days.

Price: 2-Day Clinic – $500 Per participant

Price: 3-Day Clinic – $1100 – Per participant

Comfortable with long days of climbing 5.8 outside and experience with multi pitch climbing and basic climbing systems (belaying, rappelling, cleaning gear, etc.)

 

2 Day Clinic

Day 1 

This will be our ground school day. Join 3 other climbers and your guide. We will drive to a local Moab crag and practice skills like jugging, cleaning, lowering out and rope management strategies.

Day 2 

Break your group into two climbers as we introduce a second guide for a more comprehensive learning experience. This day will be used to apply your skills to smaller objectives with straightforward aid climbing. There are several small towers scattered around Moab and we’ll likely climb 2-3 of them on this day. If you are up for it, we’ll spend late afternoon preparing for the day 3 objective with a private guide.

3 Day Clinic

Day 1 

This will be our ground school day. Join 3 other climbers and your guide. We will drive to a local Moab crag and practice skills like jugging, cleaning, lowering out and rope management strategies.

Day 2 

Break your group into two climbers as we introduce a second guide for a more comprehensive learning experience. This day will be used to apply your skills to smaller objectives with straightforward aid climbing. There are several small towers scattered around Moab and we’ll likely climb 2-3 of them on this day. If you are up for it, we’ll spend late afternoon preparing for the day 3 objective with a private guide.

Day 3 – Private aid route

Take day 3 to climb an aid route with the skills you learn and practice from day one and two.

You and your private guide will pick an appropriate objective for your skill and fitness level. 

FOOTWEAR 

  • Approach Shoe – Guide Pick: Scarpa Crux or Kalipe
  • 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.

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or [email protected]

The Mountain Guides does not provide lodging or accommodations.

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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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Testimonials

  • Always professional, always personable, always safe, always considerate. They take the time to develop a plan with the client that creates a fun and challenging experience; also, they provide valuable teaching moments along the way. I look forward to using their services again.

    — Greg Cutcher
  • 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
  • You guys were awesome. I would suggest you…to anyone and the climb was great. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever done.

    — Eliah Penderson, age 16 (recipient of International Climbers Festival Scholarship)
  • Excellent climb with top-notch guides. Safety was the number one consideration. Our group of four all summitted, two had no climbing experience. Highly recommend!

    — Frank
  • From the start, the guides have your safety at the forefront. Additionally, they are reading you, paying attention to you, the weather, other factors and doing their best to get you safely to the top. They went as far as to tell us where to place every step, to help us with efficiency as we moved up and down the mountain. Top notch guiding all the way.

    — Brian Kahn

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