Scheduled Course - Crack Climbing Class

Trad Series: Crack Climbing

This clinic is designed for climbers looking to become comfortable climbing cracks. Most natural-protection routes follow crack systems where protection ("pro") can be placed, versus relying on pre-placed bolts. Arguably, crack climbing is the purest form of rock climbing. It has a rich history in the United States, from Yosemite to Indian Creek.

The Wasatch Range is filled with granite and quartzite cracks and is a perfect place to develop skills. This clinic will allow you to securely and efficiently climb a variety of crack types and grow your arsenal of techniques.

Skills and techniques taught include:

  • Improving security and efficiency scaling various cracks
  • Taping hands for crack climbing
  • Learning hand, finger and foot jams
  • Building stemming and lie-back technique
  • Placing and removing gear in cracks
  • Learning efficiency strategies for cracks, including use of "rests"
  • Building anchors in crack systems
  • Scaling off-widths and wide cracks
  • Learning route-finding in crack systems

Doesn't fit your schedule?

Any of our pre-scheduled courses can be run as custom outings. If you're interested in a course but the dates don't fit your schedule please check out our custom guiding options.

How to Register:

Undercling lieback on Perhaps in LCC

Crack Climbing on a Wasatch Classic

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Reaching high on Steort's Arete

Granite Crack Climbing in Little Cottonwood

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

June 15, 2024 Saturday
August 31, 2024 Saturday


Full Day (8am-4pm)


Salt Lake City, Utah
Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon


$239 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 3 participants register.


Intermediate. Experience with belaying and top rope climbing recommended

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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