(435) 259-3317 [email protected]

-3 Day Intro To Big Wall Climbing Clinic-

If you’re a climber and you’ve ever looked up at the imposing runnels and muddy overhangs of the Titan or the steep and improbable seams and sweeps of smooth granite on El Cap, you’ve probably asked yourself—How the heck does anyone climb that stuff? The answer—aid climbing!
While aid climbing might not be considered sexy enough to make it into the big blockbuster climbing movies, the truth is that a lot of times it’s a necessary tool that gets you where you’re trying to go. Even if free climbing is all you care about, knowing how to aid up that 5.14 X Rurp seam so you can work the crux of your futuristic project on toprope first will be invaluable.

Come join us to learn the dark arts of Clean Aid—from french-freeing to trusting cams smaller than nuts, right here in Moab. This course will start with the basics of leading and following using efficient techniques and work towards climbing multi-pitch walls and towers right here in our beautiful desert backyard.


3 Day Big Wall Clinic  $900 + Taxes

May 27th-29th, 2022    Various locations around Moab, UT

  • Moab Cliffs and Canyons – Call 435-259-3317 or email [email protected] to book
  • Dates: May 27th-29th, 2022
  • Location: Moab, UT
  • Clinic Cost $900
  • 1:2 guide to client ratio – If the Clinic is full, please reach out to be put on the waitlist!


The first day of the course will take place at one of the many cragging areas around Moab. Early topics will include: techniques for leading, efficient jugging, and considerations for big wall anchors. Our main focus for this day will be to prepare and practice for bigger objectives on days two and three.
Days two and three will be spent taking skills from Day 1 onto real routes. The exact routes we will climb during this course will vary depending on factors such as weather and participant abilities.


Learn the skills you need to transform yourself from a lowly crag monkey to a California Condor flying high on El Capitan!
During this three day course, participants will learn all the skills necessary to attempt classic towers and walls in the desert and beyond.
New big wall climbers will will gain the necessary skills to efficiently and safely climb, follow, and haul on intermediate 1-2 day routes like Washington Column or Prodigal Son
Intermediate big wall climbers will work to take their skills to the next level, learning how to simplify big wall climbing systems to climb faster and more efficiently for bigger routes like The Nose or Desert Shield


Experience Required:
-Previous outdoor climbing experience at the 5.9 grade 
-Some multi pitch climbing experience 
-Basic familiarity with anchor and belay systems


Lodging and Food
Participants are responsible for their own food and lodging for the duration of the course. There will be some snacks provided during the day, but participants should bring enough food and water to be out climbing from 8AM to 5PM each day.


Participants should come prepared with their own helmet, harness, climbing shoes, approach shoes, and belay device.

Recommended pieces of gear to bring in addition to these items include:
-Aid ladders
-Mechanical ascenders
-Adjustable daisy system
-Micro traxion or other similar progress capture pulley

Participants will have the opportunity to borrow and try items from the recommended gear list during this course. However, participants should feel free to bring any additional wall climbing items they would like to use.


Cancellation Policies

A 50% deposit is required to reserve your space in this clinic. The remaining balance is due 14 days before the start of the clinic.

Because a reservation guarantees space in a clinic, we sometimes have to turn others away for those same dates. Thus, our cancellation policy for this clinic is as follows: Cancellations must be made at least 61 days prior to the trip dates in order to receive a full refund of the reservation deposit. If you cancel within 31-60 days of the clinic, it will result in loss of 50% of the deposit. If you cancel within 15-30 days of the clinic, it will result in loss of the full reservation deposit. Due to the special nature of these courses any cancellations made within 14 days of the clinic will not be refunded. Please consider purchasing Trip/Vacation Insurance if you have concerns.


The ethic in the desert is not to climb on wet sandstone because it can damage the rock, and the accepted practice is to wait a full day to climb once the rock becomes saturated. We will try our best to work around non-saturating rain.