Whether you're brand new to both rock climbing or have years of experience, our retreats are one-of-a-kind. After four seasons of hosting these retreats, we have witnessed the barriers that can be broken and the community that can be formed in the presence of incredible women. The only thing we ask is that you show up!
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 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.
Yoga is one of the most accessible ways to improve at rock climbing. It increases flexibility, builds strength, promotes balance, and helps calm the mind. We will be offering an hour and a half yoga class after climbing Friday and Saturday. All yoga instructors we partner with are familiar with climbing and will focus on a practice designed to restore and bring balance to the body after a full day of climbing.
We love to eat! And we love supporting local businesses. At each retreat we work with local restaurants to offer the best tasting food Moab has to offer - and Moab has a whole lot to offer. From delicious Greek and Lebanese food from Sultan Mediterranean Grill food or tacos from Fiesta Mexicana we will make sure you're well fed with our city's best. And don't worry - we can accommodate those with food restrictions*.
We provide a simple breakfast of bagels & cream cheese (GF and Vegan options provided), eggs, grain free granola, yogurt, fruit and nuts. For lunch we will be making sandwiches and provide a variety of snacks and bars.
*Read our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information on dietary accommodations
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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
GETTING TO KEN'S LAKE CAMPGROUND: From Moab, drive south on Highway 191 until you see signs for Ken's Lake, approximately 8 miles. Turn left off the highway and follow signs to the lake. The campground is just beyond the turn to the lake.
GETTING TO MOAB: From Denver you can fly directly to Canyonlands Field Airport.
If flying into Moab is not an option, we recommend flying into Salt Lake City and hiring a shuttle service to bring you to Moab.
The retreat officially ends Sunday but we highly recommend booking an extra night to take advantage of all Moab has to offer. Check out Arches National Park, visit Dead Horse State Park, or book one of our guides to take you up Ancient Art (the feature in this photo) - all within 3o minutes to one hour drive from our campsite.
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 do! We require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the remaining payment required 90 days prior to the retreat. If you'd like to use this option apply the discount code DEPOSIT at checkout to make your first payment and reserve your spot
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 Moab 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 movement skills at the climbing gym, 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."