Guided climbing and instruction are available for climbers of all skill levels, from first-time beginners to intermediate and advanced climbers. All of our guides are trained by either the AMGA or PCGI and are experts at finding the right climbs for you. In order to make sure everyone gets exactly what they need, we’ll focus on Intro instruction designed for those who have never climbed before, Intermediate instruction for climbers wanting to climb in the 5.5-5.9 range (best for those who have some experience, but perhaps have never climbed outside), and Advanced for climbers wanting to join our guides on more difficult routes.
Each day we will have a group climbing at different areas around Moab. For our climb and camp weekend we will maintain a 1:5 guide to climber ratio.
We will be hosting the retreat at Ken's Lake Recreation Area*. Situated near Ken's Lake, these group sites offer beautiful views of the Moab Valley and access to nearby swimming and hiking opportunities. From our site, it is a short hike over to the lake or up to a man-made waterfall. Hiking trails from the campground allow us to explore the beautiful red rock canyons.
We provide tents, sleeping bags, and a twin size air mattress for a small fee. We ask that participants bring their own pillows.
*We are only able to book campsites 6 months in advance so there is a chance that we will have to camp elsewhere in Moab for our fall retreats.
Cost: $375 or Pay What You Can (keep reading for more details)
October 28th - 30th, 2022
WE REQUIRE THAT ALL RETREAT PARTICIPANTS BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 PRIOR TO THE RETREAT START DATE.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Participants will be responsible for their own meals and transportation over the weekend. There are restaurants nearby with excellent takeaway options that we recommend.
If you are looking for an all inclusive experience please check out our Rock Climbing and Yoga Retreats.
We want everyone who wants to attend one of our events to have the opportunity to come. Regardless of their financial status.
That's why we created a Pay What You Can option for people who can't afford it or find the cost to be inhibitive. The process is simple and trust based. We believe in the integrity of our participants and we aren't here to judge anyone's financial situation.
We ask that possible participants ask themselves these two questions before taking us up on this option:
From there, we have created discount codes in varying amounts to use at checkout so climbers can attend for as little as $50.
Use these codes at checkout to apply the scholarship:
We kindly request that participants only use these codes if they NEED the financial assistance to attend so that we can continue this program for years to come. At the moment it is being funded by small donations from past participants and She Moves Mountains owner Lizzy VanPatten.
Want to contribute to the sustainability of this model? Make a donation below!
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 28 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will have at least 4 instructors at the retreat so that we can accommodate a wide range of abilities. In fact, teaching people the basics of rock climbing is what we do best. The entire ethos of She Moves Mountains guiding is to remember what it felt like to try climbing for the first time. It's intimidating, but we will be with you ever step of the way.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.
Due to the nature of the climbing in Joshua Tree we do not allow participants to lead on this trip. The majority of the routes we will be climbing are trad routes and often in Joshua Tree there are sustained sections without opportunities for protection.
In order to mitigate risk, we cannot permit climbers to lead without a guide on a rope next to them which is not possible with the climber to guide ratio at these retreats.
All of our retreats are rain or snow or smoke or shine. We do our best to choose dates where this won't be an issue, but it's always a possibility. Even more so with the changing climate. If poor weather occurs we will propose alternative activities such as technical skills lessons such as anchor building or multi-pitch clinics, or hiking.
If poor weather will ruin your experience we suggest that you purchase "cancel for any reason" trip protection as we will not be providing any refunds due to weather related issues.
We aren't experts in this area as this is not the lived experience of our current instructor team. But we want you here and we are committed to making your experience a positive one.
If you can:
CLIMBING IS FOR YOU!
Currently the most limiting factor is the ability to fit into a harness. We have harnesses that can accommodate up to a 56inch waist. We are looking into getting a fleet of fully adjustable harnesses before next season starts.
If you want to learn more from plus sized climbers I highly recommend looking into Climb Big. Climb Big is an organization with a mission to "Make climbing more accessible for fat folx."