Moab Rock Climbing
A world-class climbing destination, Moab is a playground of adventure for desert climbers, offering some of the best crack routes and towers a climber could ask for. With a huge variety of options to choose from, the Moab area is an excellent choice for beginner to advanced climbers looking for either single or multi-pitch routes. From the roadside cracks of Wall Street, to the sport climbs of the Ice Cream Parlor and River Road, to climbing towers in Castle Valley, there is something for all abilities and interests.
We also offer custom courses for climbers looking to learn the basics or improve their personal skillset, such as progressing to lead climbing, high-alpine routes, or placing trad protection. Route grades range from moderate to 5.13 and harder. Our AMGA trained or certified guides can accommodate all levels of experience.
We recommend the spring and fall for climbing in the desert. Spring (late March through June) is characterized by long days and mild weather, while fall (September through early November) offers cool temperatures and the most stable weather.
If you’re unsure where to begin or where you’d like to climb, please contact our office at (970) 369-1153 and we’ll design the ideal trip for your experience level, goals and objectives. This magnificent desert landscape has enchanted climbers for generations, and we hope you can join us for an amazing climbing experience!
Moab Rock Climbing
- River Road
- Wall Street
- Ice Cream Parlor
- Ancient Art
- Castle Valley
- And more!
Climbing Trip Options
- Desert Crack Clinic
- Best Four Days in Moab
- Desert Tower Tour
- Full-Day Single or Multi-Pitch Climbing
- See tabs below for more info!
Desert Crack Clinic: October 7-8, 2023
To book a Best Four Days in Moab, Desert Tower Tour or a Full-Day Climbing trip, please contact our office at [email protected] or (970) 369-1153.
To register for our Desert Crack Clinic, please click below.
The following is a list of guide-recommended gear for Moab Rock Climbing with Mountain Trip. For Moab trips, we will provide all technical climbing equipment, with the exception of helmets, harnesses, and rock climbing shoes. Climbers are required to bring and use their own gear upon inspection by one of our guides.
Whatever gear you choose, please make sure it fits well so you fully enjoy your experience in the mountains.
In addition to what we provide and have available to rent, there is also a good selection of gear available in Moab. If you have any specific questions about what you might need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Mountain Trip office.
|Trekking Shoes or Boots for Colorado||Comfortable, well broken in trekking shoes or lightweight boots will work for approaching climbs, the Telluride Via Ferrata or climbing 14ers. Good traction is important for all of the above. Contact our office for more detailed advice!|
|Light Fleece Hoody||Light/mid weight fleece (or wool) top with a hood. You will wear this over your light weight base layer.|
|Rain Jacket for Colorado||A rain shell can be your most important layer as we often experience afternoon showers during the summer months in Colorado. It should be packable and in good working order meaning that, in addition to being waterproof, it still has a functional water repellent finish and beads water on the surface of the fabric.|
|Lightweight Softshell Trekking Pants||A lightweight synthetic softshell pant is a great layer that you'll wear every day on a trek or for an ascent of a peak. These are water resistant, breathable and comfortable in a wide range of weather and temps.|
Head and Hands
|Sunglasses||Sunglasses are essential in the mountains. Choose a pair that are comfortable and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.|
Packs and Duffels
|Climbing Pack||Suitable climbing packs will be 30 - 45 liters in volume and have the capability of easily attaching crampons, and ice axes if used for a day of ice climbing or if needed for a peak ascent. For a day climbs, any pack in the 30 - 45 liter range will work, but we recommend that you consider the weight of the pack carefully. Overnight, alpine routes require larger (45L) packs that also let you strap your sleeping pad to the outside.|
|Climbing Helmet||Make certain it fits over your warmest hat and under the hood of your shell. The super-lightweight foam helmets are great, but can get crushed in your duffel bags during travel, so protect your lid!|
|Climbing Harness||An aspect of technical climbing is hanging in a harness. Having a padded, comfortable harness will make you much happier than will a thinly padded, alpine harness, and, should you find yourself at a semi hanging belay, your legs are less likely to fall asleep from lack of circulation.|
|Carabiners||2 locking carabiners and 2 non-locking carabiners. (4 total)|
|Belay/Rappel Device||A plaquette style belay/rappel device.|
|Two (2) One-Liter Water Bottles||You will need two, 1-liter plastic water bottles. Please bring wide-mouth bottles, such as those from Nalgene, as these are much easier to fill than bottles with small openings.|
|Camera||Most climbers these days use their phone as a camera, but if you plan to bring a dedicated camera, consider a small, light weight point and shoot camera. If you are a photography buff and really want to bring a DSLR, plan for that extra weight with your training!|
|Lip Balm||Bring a tube of quality lip balm with sun protection (SPF).|
|Sunscreen||The sun can be intense in Colorado, so please apply high SPF sunscreen prior to your trip and bring a small tube along to reapply during the day.|
Desert Crack Clinic
Our Desert Crack Clinic is a movement-based clinic designed to help you take your crack climbing skills to the next level. Whether you have only climbed in the gym or have been climbing outside for years, the goals of our clinics are to get through all of the hand sizes and help you improve your crack climbing technique.
Climber Ability Requirements
- Tie a figure-eight follow through knot.
- Climb 5.10 on top-rope, indoor or outdoor.
- Properly top-rope belay.
Best Four Days in Moab
Have you scrolled through pictures of Castleton Tower and The Rectory, and dreamt of climbing them but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have more than just a weekend to spend in one of North America’s most enchanting rock climbing venues? Our Best Four Days in Moab trip is an ideal place to start! Beginning by sampling a combination of crags around Moab, we’ll fill in any gaps you have in your crack technique, and then, if you’re ready, we’ll attempt Castleton Tower or any other appropriate objective you have in mind.
Below is our suggested itinerary, however, this trip is 100% customizable based on your personal goals. By spending almost a week with us, your guide will get to know you and be better able to craft an experience that’s just right for you.
The first day will typically be spent at Wall Street, a great venue with a wide variety of options. Here we can sort out you or your group’s ability, teach any number of skills related to movement or systems, and get a feel for how the rest of the itinerary will flow.
The second day is often spent at a local crag in the Moab area, usually learning to hone in your crack climbing technique. An indoctrination into featureless parallel sided cracks is a process often described as, well, difficult. That’s why you’re with us, right? We can take you step-by-step through the skills needed to build your confidence in crack climbing technique and make the experience more enjoyable as a whole.
Even those of us who live for climbing understand the value of a rest day. There are numerous activities to check out in and around Moab: hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, Arches National Park, and much more. If you’re a warrior with limited vacation time, we’re happy to run this program as four consecutive days.
This day varies. Sometimes we check out a new crag around Moab to continue dialing in crack technique, or, if you’re feeling ready, we sample one of the many excellent multi-pitch routes in the area.
You’ve spent the whole week preparing for this day—the final objective. There are any number of towers to climb, from the famed Castleton Tower to lesser-known objectives, like Parriot Mesa. There are also a variety of multi-pitch routes to choose from.
Desert Tower Tour
Desert towers are one of the most coveted experiences a climber could ask for. You’ve likely seen a photo of the iconic skyline of Castle Valley, home to some of the world’s most dramatic desert towers. It’s difficult to describe the feeling of standing on top of such a feature! And we would be thrilled to offer you the opportunity to have this incredible experience.
Our Desert Tower Tour is fully customizable, where you can choose from a single day to a multiple day adventure. We recommend taking a long weekend and checking off a tower a day with one of our guides! There are dozens of towers to choose from, but below is a short list of the most popular options.
The most famous route on this iconic tower is Kor Ingalls. A slightly lesser known, but exceptionally popular moderate route is the North Chimney at a moderate grade of 5.9. Perhaps the most classic route is the North Face. At solid 5.11- it’s not the choice for most inaugural trips up Castleton, but if you have the crack climbing skills, this is by far one of the best routes in Castle Valley.
There are no easy routes up The Rectory. However, if 5.11 finger locks are your “jam” then you’ll be psyched on Fine Jade, 5.11a. With consistently engaging pitches with good protection and the best possible position imaginable, this is absolutely one of our favorite climbs on the planet! Honeymoon Chimney, 5.10, is anther spectacular route to be had here.
This is easily one of the craziest summits in the world. Standing on top of this twisted, some say teetering, uber-famous tower is an experience of a lifetime. Stolen Chimney, at 5.10 A0, is the standard route to ascend this iconic tower.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the Trip Fee:
• Guidance of our highly experienced, AMGA trained Mountain Trip guides.
• All necessary protective equipment where it is required.
• Assistance arranging post-trip activities in the area.
Not Included in the Trip Fee:
• Travel to and from Moab.
• Accommodations in Moab.
• Personal clothing and equipment per our equipment list. (Please, just ask us if you need anything!)
• Travel and/or rescue insurance.
• Costs incurred due to evacuation or unplanned departure from the area due to illness or other problems.
• Costs incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Trip.
• Costs as a result of force majeure.
Refunds and Cancellations
Mountain Trip recognizes how difficult and disappointing it can be for guests who must cancel trips. Guests must also recognize that, due to the nature of planning trips and contracting guides for specific dates, Mountain Trip also accrues significant expenses in organizing our excursions. We must therefore adhere to a strict refund policy for all guests.
We require 100% payment at the time of booking and at least 72 hours’ notice for cancellations and rescheduling of activities. If you would like to purchase travel insurance to protect a trip in case of last-minute cancellations, you can do so via Travel Guard HERE.
We are happy to work with you to reschedule to a new date, or if you need to cancel entirely, we will provide a full refund with a minimum of 72 hours’ notice. If you cancel inside of 72 hours ahead of a trip departure, or do not show up, you will not be refunded and will have to reschedule by paying full price.
All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received in our Colorado office. No refunds will be provided for cancellations occurring within the last three days prior to the scheduled date of a trip.
Mountain Trip reserves the right to cancel a trip prior to the departure date for any reason. In such an event, all monies collected by Mountain Trip from trip participants shall be promptly refunded. This is the extent of our financial liability.
We, Mountain Trip and our guides, reserve the right to make all weather-related decisions in regards to the cancellation of trips.