Utah desert climbing: the stunning contrast of vibrant red sandstone towers set against the backdrop of the rich blue sky. Join IRIS for three days of learning and honing your crack climbing prowess in a supportive and encouraging environment.

This clinic is designed for every level crack climber. From never having put your hand in a crack to advanced techniques for hands, fingers, and off-width, IRIS has the tools for you to learn and grow!


IRIS guides are EXCELLENT educators; skilled at communicating and coaching, great at taking a big concept and breaking it into digestible steps, and dedicated to facilitating an educational environment where participants can absorb and apply the information.


The folks you’ll climb with will become fast friends. Three days allows solid development of technique, community and partnership building, and learning a vast array of different topics immersed in the world crack climbing. Topics covered could include top-rope and lead belaying; protection and anchoring; tips, fingers, hands, fists and off-width climbing; and learning to lead crack.



This itinerary is subject to change.

This itinerary shows dates for both the May and October clinics: depending on your enrollment.


Tuesday, May 3   /    Tuesday, October 11

6-7pm: Meet and Greet: Gear, Goals and Group Gathering at Superbowl Campground group campsite


Wednesday, May 4    /    Wednesday, October 12

8:30am: Meet up

9am-5pm: Climb


Thursday, May 5    /    Thursday, October 13

8:30am: Meet up

9am-5pm: Climb


Friday, May 6    /    Friday, October 14

8:30am:  Meet up

9am-4pm:  Climb

4-5pm:  Wrap-up


3 Days Guided Climbing in Indian Creek

4:1 Guest to Guide ratio

minimum of 2 participants required

Campsite accommodations


Not Included:


Transportation and travel

Personal climbing gear

Personal climbing clothing

Guide gratuity

Trip Insurance  (highly recommended!!)

Incurred costs by leaving a trip early

Incurred costs as a result of force majeure


Travel Recommendations:

Closest airport Grand Junction, CO

Closest grocery store and water fill up: Moab, UT

● Harness
● Helmet
● Rock Shoes
● Belay Device plus Locking Carabiner
● Chalk (optional)
● Belay gloves (optional)
● Crack climbing gloves (hand jammies): for Indian Creek clinics (optional)
● Any personal items you’d like to use/try during the clinic
Ie. Quickdraws; rock pro; anchoring materials
● Approach shoes (or close-toed hiking shoes/ sneakers)
● Day pack: 30-40L
● 2L+ Water / Hydration


Clothes & Extras:
● Climbing pant or short (shorts long enough to fit under harness legloops)
● Long sleeve sun shirt (recommended to keep cool and keep sun off)
● Tank top / sports bra
● Rain jacket
● Insulating jacket (light puff or similar)
● Ball cap / sun hat
● Sunscreen
● Sunglasses
● Personal first aid kit
Guides will carry one; only if you specifically need something: ie. epi pen, benadryl, personal meds, blister care


Camping Overnight Needs:
● Tent
● Sleeping bag
● Sleeping pad
● Cooler
● Cook kit (stove / fuel)
● Eating utensils, bowl, plate
● Toiletries
● Headlamp
● Water jugs w/ water filled!


● Breakfast, lunch / snacks, dinner
This will depend on # of days of your program
*Be sure to bring food you know you like to eat
*Hydration tablets are recommended for your water in hot climates


Heidi Wirtz climber and guide

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide