Co-Ed Indian Creek Crack Clinic September 16th-18th, 2023 - with Optional Tower Day September 19-21st

Climbing and Yoga

Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced



Join us in Indian Creek, Utah to learn new skills and work towards crack climbing mastery. It will be lead by AMGA Certified Rock Guides who are highly skilled in crack technique as well as gear and rope work. This trip is for those who already have a climbing backgournd and would like to work on their technical climbing skills to become more efficient and fluid in crack climbing, gear placement and leading trad. The first night we will meet at our camp at needles outpost where we will have an evening by the camp fire sharing time together and discovering our goals for the trip. The two following days we will be climbing in Indian Creek, where we will delve fully into crack technique, efficiency and fluidity.

Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

About this trip:

  • This is a great trip for those looking to connect with other awesome  like minded individuals.
  • This trip is designed specifically for individuals wanting to improve their climbing skills and especially to work on crack climbing techniques.
  • The trip will be lead by professional athetes that are AMGA certified rock guides at a 5:1 ratio maximum.
  • You will get lots of individual attention. This will be a small group with a max size of the group being 10 participants.
  • There will be instruction on proper warm up before climbnig, breathing and crack climbing specific skills and techniques will be coverd.
  • If you are interested in leading we can work through a progression with you. This will consist of learning proper gear placements and mock leading. It is not guarnteed that you will be allowed to lead during the retreat. However, if you would like to schedule an additional day after the retraet we can get you on the sharp end depending on your proficency.
  • We will have daily debriefings on our days, lessons learned and outcomes.
  • We all camp together in Needles Outpost.
  • We will have evening camp fires where we will share stories, debrief on our days and get to know each other better.
  • There will be yoga offered on 2 of the three days.
  • The first evening will include: meet and greet, a light Thai massage class on giving and receiving and an overview of our time together .
  • There are two optional tower days. The tower is a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb a mega classic climb to the summit of an inspiring summit in the Moab desert. You will need to stay two extra days to make this happen.


We will be staying out in Indian Creek surrounded by beautiful desert landscapes. Our home base will be the Needles Outpost campground. Located just a short drive from all of the world class crack climbs that Indian Creek has to offer. We will be staying in our individual tents, vans or campers with access to bathrooms with running water and coin operated showers. There is also a small general store on property in case you forgot anything or need a cold drink or ice cream at the end of our days.

Canyonlands Needles Outpost that operates completely off-grid with a  campground right outside the entrance of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, only 1.5 miles from the parks’ visitors center.  Needles Outpost combines the fun of rustic camping spots with a few modern conveniences. The Needles Outpost can accommodate both RVs and tents and tepees.

Services include gasoline, propane, RV dumping, a well-stocked general store with ice, treats, drinks, and a private safe campground and bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. The store and bathhouse both run off of solar power.  All water is purchased and hauled in 1,000 gallons at a time.  When staying with us, please help us conserve power and water.

The Needles Outpost campground features a beautiful unique landscape and is right next to the park. Visitors staying with us fall asleep to warm desert sounds and wake up to a symphony of natural morning light shining on the Needles of Canyonlands National Park.


What It Includes


  • 2 nights camping at Needles Outpost
  • 2 Yoga Classes
  • 2 full Days of Guided Rock Climbing and Instruction
  • Zoom intro meet up before retreat

Not included:

  • Transportation to Moab or to the retreat location
  • Meals
  • Beverages
  • Tips for Guides

Optional Tower Day

This is a full day and includes all gear and guided experience up iconic Ancient Art tower or Looking Glass Rock (depending on skill level).

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to use your new and improved climbing skills to reach a spectacular summit.

Ancient Art

At Fisher Towers, an ancient seabed layer has been worn away to make some of the most intricate formations in the Moab area.

Ancient Art sits near the base of the large towers, which loft 900′ above. Still, rising almost 350′ from its base to the corkscrew shaped summit, Ancient Art is one of the most gravity-defying summits in the area.

Route: Stolen Chimney (II 5.8 A0 or 5.10) 4 pitches


Desert towers were made famous when Castleton Tower was published in the 50 Classic Climbs (1979). This tower is one of the most scenic and iconic monoliths in the world. Standing atop a 1,000' talus cone, Castle Rock, as the locals refer it, rises 400' to its true summit 6,657' above sea level.

Route: Kor-Ingalls (5.9) - 4 pitches [First ascent 1961)
North Chimney (5.9) - 3 pitches


moab-RP 2016 tower tamar on diving board
Heidi Wirtz At Indian Creek

Basic Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival by 3 pm
  • Set up camp
  • Get to know the group intros, overview of retreat
  • Shake off the travel with Thai massage
  • Camp Fire with group life coaching and goal setting

Day 2:

  • Warm up sequence at the crag
  • Crack Climbing all day! Technique, refinement, personalized training and skills
  • Yoga

Day 3:

  • Warm up at the crag
  • Crack Climbing all day. All things gear, learn to lead or refine skills, mock leading, progression towards leading.
  • Yoga
  • Debrief and processing
  • Closing Circle
  • Departure if you are not staying for the tower day. This is a full day, so please plan your travels to depart either late this evening or the next morning preferably.


Our Guides On This Trip

Heidi is an accomplished climber in all realms of the sport. She has been guiding for over 20 years and is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and professional climber for The North Face.  Along with her passion for climbing she has taught yoga for climbers for over a decade. She works with people to get them back into the flow state and help them realize that this is a natural state of our being. We will work on the mat and on the wall to help us grow and develop.

Educator, guide, and student, Jeff shares his passion to inspire growth, and exploration in the mountains through the lens of teaching, using the outdoors as a classroom. With years of experience building and leading high-performance teams in an industry-leading climbing gym, extensive travels to find growth and new perspectives, and a rigorous guiding education through the American Mountain Guides Association, Jeff is in a unique position to educate, inspire, and motivate you on your next adventure!


jeff bouldering

Notes From Past Adventurers


“I was looking for an experience like no other. One that would challenge me, inspire me, and leave me smiling wanting more. I found it!!! I spent a week with these ladies becoming one with nature and pushing limits of all kinds! I was inspired each day! I learned something new each day! Challenges and laughter were shared each day! AND each night as I drifted off to sleep, I smiled while wondering what the next day would bring! I was never disappointed!!! Exciting, inspiring, and fantastically fun!!! Loved it so much, I’m joining this tribe again for Cuba in 2018!" Cory Foard


"EPR is a great combination of the magic nature has to offer us and the right guides to see the show! The beauty of Moab is almost indescribable- definitely better experienced :)" Tamar Melen


“My experience with Earth Play Retreats was everything I expected, and much more! Heidi's professional, yet relaxed, demeanor helped me accomplish far more than I thought possible in just a few short days. She encouraged me to keep going when I thought I couldn't climb any higher, and helped me gain the confidence to climb my first multi-pitch route. Thanks to this retreat, I've found a love of climbing. I can't wait to attend another one of these events!” Kristy Mitchell


This retreat is limited to 10 participants and spaces fill up quick, so book your spot today!

Our refund policy is:

  • 90 days notice: Full refund minus deposit
  • 60 days notice: 75% refund
  • 30 days notice: 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days notice: No refund

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