Indian Creek, the splitter-crack capital of the world and home to Chicks' Crack Climbing clinic

Indian Creek Climbing Clinic | Learn to Climb in Indian Creek

At our Indian Creek Crack Climbing Clinic you’ll learn how to jam up desert splitters like a crack climbing machine.

Chicks Indian Creek Crack Climbing Clinic



  • Gain outdoor climbing experience.
  • Get into harder crack-climbing techniques than just easy hand and fist jams.
  • Learn how to conserve energy and use better body positioning and foot placement.
  • Take your crack climbing skills to a new level with Chicks and a trip to Indian Creek, the splitter-crack capital of the world.

Here’s the thing about crack climbing—it can feel ridiculously strenuous. Cracks can eat us alive until we find the techniques to tame them. In the meantime, you’ll wear scabs and bruises like graduation badges as we share stories of triumph around the campfire. After a few days of camping in the sand and climbing with your entire body, you’ll be covered in dirt, yet feel fully grounded from the experience.

Our Indian Creek Climbing Clinic focuses on trad climbing and jamming skills. The emphasis will be on techniques such as hand jams, fist jams, ring locks, finger stacks, chicken wings, hand stacks, and more.

The Indian Creek Climbing Clinc is appropriate for intermediate climbers (can follow 5.9) and more advanced climbers.

Indian Creek is in the heart of Canyonlands National Monument, 2 hours south of Moab, Ut. As a result, the Indian Creek climbing experience is remote and self-contained.

What to expect at Chicks’ Indian Creek Crack Climbing Clinic:

  • Camaraderie
  • Campfires under the stars
  • Catered breakfasts and dinners
  • Demo fleet of crack-climbing shoes
  • Gift bags full of great climbing gear from our sponsors
  • True Chicks style
    • We always climb in small groups
    • World-class instruction from renowned climbers and guides
    • IFMGA/AMGA certified—Chicksoperates only with the highest safety standards
    • Fun, safe and encouraging
  • Spotty cell-phone coverage, at best. Indian Creek is unique not only for its high concentration of splitter sandstone cracks but also for the increasingly unique opportunity to unplug and devote undivided attention to the climbing experience.
“Indian Creek is hard and painful, yet the most rewarding climbing that I have ever done.  I didn’t know I could shove my body part in a crack and push off of it.  I appreciate the guides helping us learn and pushing us…  Now I know what it’s like when someone is called a dirt-bag.  I have developed a love for crack climbing since I know how to do it right and I use cracks on faces with confidence”
— Dawn R. new Chicks Alumni (with a gleam in her eyes).


$799 – 3 days guiding and instruction; 4 nights camping




  • 3 days of guided climbing  (4-to-1 ratio)
  • 4 nights camping
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Welcome gift bag
  • Sponsor demo gear


  • Airfare and ground transportation
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Tokens for coin-operated showers
  • Guide gratuity
  • Trip Insurance

Indian Creek Crack Climbing Clinic


Day 1: 

Arrive at Indian Creek by 3:30 p.m. to set up tents at Creek Pasture Campground.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation at the group campsite

5:30 pm: Catered dinner at the campsite

Day 2 : 

7:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: Meet at the campsite geared up for the day, bring your lunch

5:30 pm: Climbing day ends

6:30 pm: Catered dinner at the campsite

Day 3: 

7:00 am: Breakfast.

8:00 am: Meet at the campsite geared up for the day, bring your lunch

5:30 pm: Climbing day ends

6:30 pm: Catered dinner at the campsite

Day 4: 

7:00 am: Breakfast

8:30 am: Meet at the Chicks Rock campsite geared up for the day, bring your lunch

4:30 pm: Climbing day ends

5:30 pm: Clinic wrap up. Travel home or stay another night.

Day 5:
8:00 am: Breakfast and depart for home


All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

***Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well. For all your travel insurance needs, please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.