Co-Ed Indian Creek Crack Clinics!! 2021 - with Optional Tower Days! Spring & Fall Dates!!

Spring Dates: April 18-20th, 2021 ; Fall Dates: October 3-5th 2021

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 fully equipped house where we will have an evening by the camp fire eating a healthy meal together and discovering our goals for the trip. The two following days we will head to 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 4:1 ratio maximum.
  • You will get lots of individual attention. This will be a small group with a max size of the group being 8 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 stay together in a beautiful house nestled at the base of the La Sal Mountains, which gives us more time to get to know each other. There is also a hot tub  on property for our use.
  • We will have evening camp fires at our house 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 welcome dinner, a light Thai massage class on giving and receiving and an overview of our time together .
  • There is an optional tower day. 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 stay at Pack Creek Ranch. Cradled in the foothills of the La Sal Mountains, Pack Creek Ranch cabins are just south of Moab and are spread out over 15 acres of land, most of it pasture. This small hamlet is part of an historic 300 acre ranch favored by visitors, locals and guests alike for its moderate summertime temperatures, exceptional mountain and desert views and natural beauty.

The secluded location means you won't find network televisions or telephone land lines so you can relax and escape daily pressures. However, high-speed internet and some television options are available.

Not surprisingly, Pack Creek Ranch has been a favorite Moab area retreat for such notables as Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Wendell Berry, Amy Irvine, Robert Fulghum, Wallace Stegner and Katie Lee. Actors Robert Duvall, John Wayne, Susan Sarandon and most of the crew of the movie Thelma and Louise made their base at the Ranch. Physicist Stephen Hawking and other scientists have also enjoyed the unique and serene environment.

The Pack Creek Road House is one of the most beautifully redone cabins that Moab has to offer. Located in Pack Creek, about 20 minutes from downtown Moab, you’ll feel refreshed from the mountain air at the base of the La Sal mountains. This 2 bedroom 2 bath cabin has views of the mountains in nearly every room thanks to the big windows.

The famous Abbey Cabin is just a couple of steps outside of the home, giving the Roadhouse a total of 3 bedrooms. This is the site where Edward Abbey wrote several of his pieces. Now fully remodeled, it serves as an additional sleeping area with a new queen sleeper sofa.

You’re going to want this kitchen in your own home! It’s bright and airy, has a farmhouse sink, wood counter tops, a great window, and cute light fixtures. It has all the supplies necessary to make a large meal.

The dining area and living room are combined. You’ll want to sit all day looking at your views and admiring the intricacies this home has to offer, like the beautiful wood ceiling, furniture, fireplace and so much more. If you want to connect back to the world, then you will be happy to have a Smart TV and wifi. Cell reception is a little dodgy out at Pack Creek.

Both bedrooms have queen size beds and will serve as perfect retreats after a full day of adventuring. There is also a swimming pool, hot tub and a detoxing sauna.

Soak up some sun on the back deck, or enjoy the scenery while barbequing on the propane grill. There is quite a bit of wildlife out at Pack Creek including adorable goats.



What It Includes


  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1 Yoga Classes
  • 2 full Days of Guided Rock Climbing and Instruction

Not included:

  • Transportation to Moab or to the retreat location
  • Meals (many great restaurants nearby, plus we have a kitchen where you can cook)
  • 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 4 pm
  • Check in and get settled
  • Get to know the group intros, overview of retreat
  • Shake off the travel with Thai massage
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Camp Fire and Hot Tub

Day two:

  • Breakfast at the house (on your own)
  • Rock climbing outing
  • Warm up sequence at the crag
  • Activities closing circle and processing
  • Dinner TBD

Day three:

  • Breakfast at the house (on your own)
  • Warm up at the crag
  • Climbing all day
  • Debrief and processing
  • Dinner TBD


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.


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 8 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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