(LIST OF CLIMBS + 2 "TRIP REPORTS")
Category: Utah
Elev: ~5800 ft
Rock Type: Wingate Sandstone
 
2018, 2019
 

INDIAN CREEK Climbing


Indian Creek arguably has the largest concentration of splitter crack climbing in the world. Cracks of all sizes split the towering red sandstone walls everywhere you look. A crack-climber's paradise.

"The guidebook said to bring 6 #1's, so we brought 1 #6...."

What an awesome place.

The first time I climbed in Indian Creek was in September 2018, on an impulsive detour on a drive from Montana back to Washington (where I lived at the time), when I got a text from a friend looking for a partner for a weekend in the Creek. 17 extra hours of driving for 2 days of climbing? It was a no brainer.

The second time I climbed at Indian Creek was over Thanksgiving Break 2019. It was my first fall after moving to Boulder from Washington, and I snatched the first opportunity to make it to the Creek (now much closer than 17 hours drive) for a few days. Unfortunately, an unforecasted snowstorm cut our trip in half, but we still got in two great days of climbing and had the rare opportunity to see the Creek blanketed in snow. It was another Creek teaser trip... 

I will surely return to the Creek several times over the years, so I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip reports from first and second trips to the Creek.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done at Indian Creek
2018 trip report (1st trip to the Creek: A weekend at Indian Creek — 12 routes)
SEPT
14-16
2018

TR #: 321
2019 trip report (Thanksgiving at the Creek — 2 days of climbing + snowstorm!)
NOV
25 & 28
2019

TR #: 384
Other random photos from cragging at Indian Creek




(Still quite small)List of climbs I've done at Indian Creek

(Alphabetical order by area)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY

(everything is 1 pitch unless noted otherwise)
AREA

Color coded:
   =Battle of the Bulge Buttress
   =Donnelly Canyon
   =Reservoir Wall
   =Supercrack Buttress

   =The Wall
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Crack Attack 5.11, 90' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Jane Fonda Total Body Workout, The 5.11-, 130' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Our Piece of the Real Estate 5.11-, 110' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Quarter of a Man 5.11+, 120' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Railroad Tracks 5.10-, 50' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Ruins Crack 5.11, 70' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Warm-Up, The 5.9, 40' Battle of the Bulge Buttress Nov 28, 2019
Binou's Crack 5.9, 50' Donnelly Canyon Sept 16, 2018
Chocolate Corner 5.9, 60' Donnelly Canyon Sept 16, 2018
Elephant Man Pitch 1 5.10, 70' Donnelly Canyon Sept 16, 2018
Generic Crack 5.10-, 120' Donnelly Canyon Sept 16, 2018
Overlook 5.10/5.11, 110/80', 2p Reservoir Wall Sept 15, 2018
Pente 5.11-, 160' Reservoir Wall Sept 15, 2018
Warm-up Handcrack 5.10, 105' Reservoir Wall Sept 15, 2018
Bad-Rad Duality 5.10+, 110' Supercrack Buttress Sept 14, 2018
Coyne Crack 5.11+, 70' Supercrack Buttress Sept 14, 2018
Incredible Hand Crack, The 5.10, 100' Supercrack Buttress Sept 14, 2018
Supercrack 5.10, 100' Supercrack Buttress Sept 14, 2018
Wave, The 5.10+, 100' Supercrack Buttress Sept 14, 2018
Circling Sky 5.10-, 60' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Dancing Queen 5.11+, 70' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Dirty Girl 5.9, 35' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Dirty Woman 5.9, 35' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Run Like Hell 5.10, 85' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Trial, The 5.10, 110' The Wall Nov 25, 2019
Which One's Pink? 5.11-, 100' The Wall Nov 25, 2019


Original trip reports for 1st visit to Indian Creek and Thanksgiving at the Creek....


September 2018 Trip Report to Indian Creek
A weekend at Indian Creek — 12 routes

Date: September 14-16, 2018
Partner: Alex Haeger

 
<-- Map of summer 2018
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Intro

I was headed back to Washington from a 2-week climbing trip in Montana. Google maps said 12 hours drive from Bozeman to Bellingham. I was just about to start the drive when I got a text from my friend Alex from Boulder: "Headed to the Creek for the weekend, looking for a partner, any chance you are in the area?" I checked Google maps: 29 hours drive from Bozeman to Bellingham via Indian Creek. Hmm....17 additional hours of driving for 2 days of climbing in Indian Creek? It was a no brainer.

Alex and I climbed 12 routes over the course of 2.3 days (we climbed full days Friday and Saturday, and squeezed in a few hours on Sunday morning before Alex left to drive back to Boulder). All but one of the routes we climbed are listed in the "The Best Of" list at the end of the guidebook. Daily high temperatures reached the high 80's, but we woke up early and targeted shady routes, and it was actually quite pleasant. The following gives photos from the routes we climbed.

Climbs / Photos

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 Supercrack Buttress
(5 routes — Sept 14)
 
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1. The empty parking lot below Supercrack Buttress. We had the entire Supercrack Buttress to ourselves this day! This place will be swarming in a few weeks.
2. Penny (Alex's dog) enjoying the view.
3. Looking north up 211.
4. Penny taking a nap on a sandstone pillow.

Climb 
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Sept 14
The Incredible Hand Crack (5.10, 100'), Supercrack Buttress
Lead: Steph; Follow: Alex   
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1. Our first climb of the trip—looks pretty incredible!
2. Starting up the corner.
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4. Cam lobe scars etched into the soft sandstone. These scars occurred right before the crux roof section, so they are probably from falls jamming the cam lobes into the rock. There a couple of deep ones from some pretty big whippers (or very heavy climbers)!

Climb
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Sept 14
The Wave (5.10+, 100'), Supercrack Buttress
Lead: Alex  Follow: Steph        Size: varied corner
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1. Sign at the base of the route. Not uncommon in the Creek.
2. Alex starting up the pitch.
3. You can see how the route got its name.
Climb
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Sept 14
Coyne Crack (5.11+, 70'), Supercrack Buttress
Lead: Steph; Follow: Alex   (+toprope lap)          Size: thin hands
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1. Looking up Coyne Crack. Funny story: We thought this was Supercrack (5.10) (it looked like a pretty super crack after all). So I racked up with the recommended rack (for Supercrack)—heavy on wide hands pieces. A couple of moves into the route, it seemed kind of hard off-fingers, so I stepped back down to get an #0.5 cam ("must be a typo in the rack description"). I started back up. A couple of moves higher than I had gotten the first time, I clued in that there was a 20-foot section of super thin hands above me; I lowered back down to collect a handful of #0.75 cams ("hmmm, these Creek climbers must be hard core to climb that entire stretch with only one #0.75"). Once through the #0.75 terrain I was now looking at a long stretch of #1-sized terrain and no wide-hands in sight ("okay, now this is getting silly"); I stopped and lowered a bite of rope to get a handful of #1 cams. "Are we sure this is Supercrack?" I yelled down to Alex. "Seems kinda hard too." At that very moment, Alex spotted a rock lying at the based of the crack, etched into it the words  "oyne Crack" (the "C" had broken off). Coyne Crack is a 5.11+. Ha! (I bet we were not the first to make this mistake.) At this point I was committed and the climbing was excellent anyway, so I barreled on up, with more than a few shameless C1 moves along the way. Oh well, in the end It made for a funny story and we also seized the opportunity to do a couple of toprope laps on this 5.11+ classic, which we probably wouldn't hav attempted if we had known what route it was.
2. Looking down from the anchor. The crack becomes more featured (and easier and quite fun) near the top.
3. Sign at base of route. The "C" has broken off but this is clearly not Supercrack!
Climb
4
Sept 14
Supercrack (5.10, 100'), Supercrack Buttress
Lead: Alex;  Follow: Steph  (+toprope lap)          Size: wide hands
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1. This is Supercrack.
2. The first half is an awesome hand-sized splitter.
3. The second half up the varnished face is a wide-hands spitter.
4. Shadow fun while lowering down the wide-hands splitter.


Climb
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Sept 14
Bad-Rad Duality (5.10+, 110'), Supercrack Buttress
Lead: Steph; Follow: Alex  (+toprope lap)         Size: varied corner
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1. The Bad-Rad Duality corner. 
2. Looking down the corner. Reminded me of Sierra-style corner climbing with lots of stemming moves.
3. Another view down the corner. The sun hit the route as we were toproping it.
4. The anchor at the top.
 
 Reservoir Wall
(3 routes — Sept 15)
 
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1. Sunrise light on North and South Six Shooters. There are a couple of good 5.11 routes on North Six Shooter I'd love to climb someday.
2. Approaching Reservoir Wall. Photo by Alex.
3. Silhouette on the hike up to the base of Reservoir Wall.
4. Hiking around the base on the way to Warm-up Handcrack at the far end of the wall.
5. Some cool rocks along the way. (My go-to geologist consult Doug McKeever says: "This is a fine-grained sandstone with the little ridges being mudcracks from desiccation of surface standing water in the original environment of deposition. As the next layer of sediment was deposited it fills the cracks. But wait, these "filled cracks"are little ridges (positive features). Mudcracks are negative features! The " inversion" is because we are looking at the bottom of  the layer. The view in the picture is "upside down."  Oh yeah...the white stuff is most likely a thin layer of salt, probably halite, deposited by evaporation of surface water. Also, there are raindrop impressions! They are the small round spots particularly noticeable on the left-side area of the surface. They are frequently found with mudcracks. Those two along with salt imply an original hot arid environment with drought interrupted by periods of rain. You could have an hour's class on this one rock sample!")
6. Some cool rocks along the way. (Doug says: "This sure appears to be volcanic breccia, which seems odd in Indian Creek, but there are extinct volcanoes in the region. It undoubtedly originated in the igneous Abajo Mountains just to the south( and upstream).")
7. Morning light on the Indian Creek area below.
8. Afternoon light and shadow. The desert is the definition of "vast".
9. Just another version of the afternoon light and shadow sequence.
10. This offwidth splitter system looks unique and fun to climb (we didn't climb it, but I will have to climb it someday).
11. Penny entertained herself by building a cairn while we were climbing.
12. Hiking out after a good day of climin'!

13. A view back of Reservoir Wall.
Climb
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Sept 15
Warm-Up Handcrack (5.10, 105'), Reservoir Wall
Lead: Alex; Follow: Steph  (+toprope lap)          Size: hands
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1. This climb is compared to The Incredible Hand Crack. Indeed, it is pretty good and worth the long hike.
2. Hand jams the whole way up.
3. Anchor at the top.


Climb
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Sept 15
Overlook (5.10/5.11, 110/80', 2p), Reservoir Wall
Lead Pitch 1: Steph   Lead Pitch 2: Alex          Size: offwidth + thin hands
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1. Looking up from the base. Pitch 1 squirrels through some offwidth to the base of the obvious vertical splitter you can see on the upper wall in the photo. Pitch 2 climbs this splitter.
2. Pitch 1 reminds me of some of the tower climbing I've done in the Moab area: giant features that require a mix of offwidth, chimney, and stemming, and are unprotected or protected by big cams. (For big cams, we had 2 #3's, 1 #4, 2 #5's, and 1 #6; I used all of them on Pitch 1 and felt pretty comfortable. Save the #6 and a #3 for the final offwidth.)
3. The offwidth at the top of the pitch. It actually widens to a #6 size just above where I have placed the #5, so bring a #6.
4. Alex following the offwidth. The cam with the green carabiner midway up the offwidth is a #6.
5. The Pitch 2 splitter. "The guidebook said to bring 6 #1's, so we brought 1 #6."
6. Alex starting up Pitch 2. Yes, it is that steep!
7. Alex starting up Pitch 2.
8. Looking down the Pitch 2 splitter. As we were climbing, several chips of rock came off the edges of the crack. The route is obviously not climbed as much as the rounded trade-route splitters. But that doesn't mean it's not great climbing! (But it will tear apart your shoes.)

9. The somewhat manky anchor ("mankor") at the top of Pitch 2.
Climb
8
Sept 15
Pente (5.11-, 160'), Reservoir Wall
Lead: Steph; Follow: Alex   (+toprope lap)         Size: tight hands
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1. Sign at the base of the route. Not uncommon in the Creek.
2. Looking up at Pente. When we arrived, there was a party just starting up Pente, but we decided it was worth the wait. And it was!
3. #1-sized splitter. My favorite size.
4. I think I brought 8 #1's and used them all.
5. The upper corner is #0.75-sized. Harder if you have bigger hands....
6. Alex, 150 feet up, 10 feet to go! It's an enduro pitch.
7. Rope scars etched into the soft sandstone.
 
 Donnelly Canyon
(4 routes — Sept 16)
 
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1-2. The sun is coming....it's about to get pretty warm...
Climb
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Sept 16
Generic Crack (5.10-, 120'), Donnelly Canyon
Lead: Alex; Follow: Steph   (+toprope lap)          Size: hands
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1. Generic Crack climbs the obvious worn crack splitting the face.
2. The rack: 10 #2's.
3. A #2-sized handcrack the whole way up.
4. Belay shadow in the morning sun (the sun hit as Alex got halfway up leading the route).


Climb
10
Sept 16
Binou's Crack (5.9, 50'), Donnelly Canyon
Lead: Steph; Follow: Alex          Size: varied
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1. A short but fun route up the corner.
2. Climb the wide crack on the left or the fingercrack on the right, or a mix of both.

Climb
11
Sept 16
Chocolate Corner (5.9, 60'), Donnelly Canyon
Lead: Steph: Follow: Alex          Size: thin hands
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Climb
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Sept 16
Elephant Man Pitch1 (5.10, 70'), Donnelly Canyon
Lead: Steph: Follow: Alex          Size: varied
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 Camping and Newspaper Rock photos
 
Camping photos
Bridger Jack Campground, off Utah State Route 211 in middle of Indian Creek climbing area
Free climber camping
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1. Driving along 211, passing giant buttresses of splitter cracks....
2. Most climbers camp at the Bridger Jack Campground, which is free camping off 211. The road to the campground is a bit rough, but 2wd.
3. Our campsite. We were the only ones there on Thursday and Friday nights, and there were a few other climbers there on Saturday night. This place fills up every night in the fall and spring, so it was a rare treat to be able to have the camping area to ourselves.
4. My "office". 
5. Evening view from the campground.
6. Some toy cars I found at our campsite.
7. I think my rack would be considered "small" by Creek standards! But combined with Alex's rack, we had a full "Indian Creek rack" (~6-10 of the thin hands, hands, and wide hand sizes....).


Newspaper Rock photos
Newspaper Rock, on Utah State Route 211 on way to Indian Creek climbing area
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is a Utah state monument featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. From the sign at the monument: "Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records approximately 2,000 years of early human activity. Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont, and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. time to A.D. 1300. In historic times, Ute and Navajo people, as well as European Americans, made their contributions. In interpreting the figures on the rock, scholars are undecided as to their meaning or have yet to decipher them. In Navajo, the rock is called "Tse' Hane'" (Rock that tells a story). Unfortunately, we do not know if the figures represent storytelling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti, or something else. Without a true understanding of the petroglyphs, much is left for individual interpretation. Newspaper Rock is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Please continue to preserve it."
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November 2019 Trip Report to Indian Creek
Thanksgiving at Indian Creek — 2 days of climbing + snowstorm!

Date: November 25 & 28, 2019
Partner: Mike Cichon

Intro

My goal was to spend my first Thanksgiving in Colorado at Indian Creek. And I did. Well, sort of. An unforecasted snowstorm sort of cut our trip in half, but we still got in two great days of climbing and had the unique experience of seeing the Creek blanketed in snow.

I climbed in the Creek with Mike Cichon. I had met Mike at a belay traffic jam on Mickey Mouse Wall at Eldo, where we exchanged contact info after discovering we had several of the same objectives, and few weeks later received an email from him: "I'm looking for a partner—are you interested in climbing in the Creek Thanksgiving week?". Of course I was interested!

Mike and I spent our first day of climbing at The Wall, one of the more popular "new" crags and one of the few areas Mike had not been to yet. The Wall faces south, so it can be a pleasant place to climb in cooler weather, when the sun is out. Also, the Wall has a somewhat longer approach and rougher drive than other areas in the Creek, which Mike and I hoped would mean less crowded. But as luck would have it, a large group of about 20 climbers had also decided to climb up at The Wall that day, so we didn't escape the experience of Thanksgiving crowds at the Creek after all. But despite the rowdy crew monopolizing most of the area's best routes, Mike and I still climbed 7 great pitches.

That night it snowed 5 inches, a pretty abrupt change to the original weather forecasts for the week. So we drove to Moab, where we could hang out for the day. After cragging for a day in Moab and seeing how quickly the snow was sublimating in the dry air, we decided to risk the iffy forecast and return to the Creek to see if we could squeeze in one more day of climbing. And what a day of climbing it was! We climbed at Battle of the Bulge Buttress, which has one of the best concentrations of stellar 5.11 routes in the Creek, along with a very short approach and sunny aspect. Given the wall's popularity along with the climbable weather and the usual crowding during Thanksgiving week, we were (very pleasantly) surprised to be the only ones on the entire wall for the entire day. I guess everyone had vacated during the snowstorm and decided to do the turkey thing after all. It was a unique and magical experience to have some of the Creek's best splitters to ourselves, enjoying the area as it was in the 1970's. It was an ironic juxtaposition with our experience at the much more obscure The Wall just a few days previous, jockeying for position and sanity amongst lycra-clad climbers and barking dogs. Mike and I climbed seven routes, with five of them in the 5.11 range, which made for an awesome day of climbing at the Creek.

The following gives photos from our Creek adventure. Another Creek teaser trip....I'll have to come back for more.

Climbs / Photos

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The Wall
(7 routes — Nov 25)
 
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1. Looking back at the parking area for The Wall. Shortly after this photo was taken, half a dozen more cars showed up, foiling our plans to escape the Thanksgiving crowds.
2. I'll call this sort of photo a "Creek cragging lifestyle" photo. North Six Shooter in distance.
3. Another Creek cragging lifestyle shot.
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5-6. I couldn't resist stopping to take some photos of this crag dog monopolizing the belay puffy.
7. The Wall. This photo was taken near the end of the day, when we were waiting for the climbers to leave the base of Run Like Hell (a popular 5.10 that had had parties on it all day) so we could get in one more climb before hiking out.
8. North and South Six Shooters below some mammatus clouds. Snow is on the way....
Climb
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Nov 25
The Trial (5.10, 110'), The Wall
Lead: Steph; Follow: Mike          Size: Hands
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1. Looking up from the base of the corner.
2. Looking down from the top of the route.

Climb
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Nov 25
Which One's Pink (5.11-, 100'), The Wall
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Hands to #6 offwidth
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1. Sign at the base of the route. These signs are super convenient because it can be difficult at times to locate which splitter system is the one you are trying to climb!
2. The route follows the obvious wide splitter.
3. Racking up at the base. Between the two of us, I think we have enough gear to climb about anything at the Creek....
4. Mike starting up the route. The starting offwidth section was one of the route's cruxes.
5. Looking up the offwidth.
6. Upper section of route.

Climb
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Nov 25
Circling Sky (5.10-, 60'), The Wall
Lead: Steph (+ toprope lap); Follow: Mike          Size: Fists to #5 offwidth
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1. Looking up the route.
2. Looking down from the top of the route. The top of the route widens to #5-sized offwidth.

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Nov 25
Dancing Queen (5.11+, 70'), The Wall
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Tips to #5 offwidth
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1. From tips to offwidth. We couldn't help but stop and climb it.
2. Another view, a bit further back.
3. Mike at the lower crux section.
4. Mike now at the cruiser hands section.
5. The offwidth crux section ahead. 
6. Sign at the base of the route.

Climbs
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Nov 25
Dirty Girl (5.9, 35') and Dirty Woman (5.9, 35')The Wall
Lead: Steph; Follow: Mike          Size: Fingers to Hands / Varied Corner
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1. The men in black go climbing.
2. There are two fun 5.9 routes here that share the same anchor: Dirty Girl climbs the crack, while Dirty Woman climbs the corner on the right. Fun leads and a quick way to get in two more pitches.
Climb
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Nov 25
Run Like Hell (5.10, 85'), The Wall
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Wide hands
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1. Sign at the base.
2. Looking up the route.
3. Final section before the anchor. I thought this was the route's crux.
 
 Snowstorm!
 
Snowy Indian Creek photos
We awoke to 5 inches of snow. No climbing today.... 
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1. We woke up to a winter wonderland at the Creek Pasture Camping area.
2. Using the picnic table as a gauge, there was about 5 inches of snow.
3. Mike making coffee. Awesome pj's!
4. The drive out.
5. North and South Six Shooters under a winter sky.
6. Yeah, don't think we will be climbing today.....
7. ....yeah, definitely not.....
8. Supercrack  area. Look, no crowds!
9. Supercrack. (I climbed this uber-classic splitter on my first trip to the Creek)
10. We drove to Moab and I hung out in the library all day working on my trip reports and doing some schoolwork. We had hopes that the sun would come and melt the snow off the rock enough that we could climb something the next day. Plus, I-70 had been closed due to an even heavier snowfall in Colorado and some weather-induced rockslides, so we couldn't easily get back to Boulder anyway. Fortunately, the Moab library is a nice place to spend a day if you cannot be climbing.


 
Battle of the Bulge Buttress
(7 routes — Nov 28)
 
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1. It's not often the Supercrack parking area is completely empty at 8am in the morning!
2. We were the only cars parked in the lot.
3. Message board at the Supercrack parking area.
4. Beginning the 10 minute approach to Battle of the Bulge Wall. There was still some snow on the valley floor, but none up on the rock. Snow melts/sublimates quickly in the desert!
5. The typical rack for the day - mostly 1's, 2's, and 3's.
6. Mike's selection of big gear. If there are crowds hogging all the classic routes, there is usually no one climbing the offwidths, so best to come prepared!
7. This striking offwidth splitter is Big Baby, 5.11. We entertained the idea of climbing it but there were simply too many routes to climb and we didn't have time. 
8. What a spot to spend the day.
9. The entire day, and we are still the only ones parked in the lot. I guess everyone had vacated during the snowstorm and decided to do the turkey thing after all. It was a unique and magical experience to have the Creek to ourselves, experiencing the area as it was in the 70's, climbing some of the Creek's best splitters without having to jockey for position and sanity amongst lycra-clad climbers and barking dogs.
10. List of climbs for the day. Seven routes, with five of them 5.11's is a darn great day at Indian Creek!
11. Some tiny paw prints in the snow.

Climb
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Nov 28
The Warm-Up (5.9, 40'), Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Lead: Steph; Follow: Mike          Size: Hands
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1. This crack is a great warm up.
2. Looking down the route.

Climb
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Nov 28
Our Piece of the Real Estate (5.11-, 110')Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Hands
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1. Mike on lead.
2. Splitter!

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Nov 28
Crack Attack (5.11-, 90')Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Lead: Steph (+ toprope lap); Follow: Mike          Size: Varied to Hands
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1. This route has lots of variety and fun movement.
2. More splitter crack!

Climb
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Nov 28
Ruins Crack (5.11, 70')Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Fingers
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1. Mike styling the opening fingers layback sequence.
2. Rope scars under the anchor. Mostly from lowering. To avoid unnecessary wear on the rock and our rope, Mike and I had gotten into the habit of what we started calling a "Utah Counterweight Rappel" where the leader pulls up rope and raps down on a single strand with the belayer acting as a counterweight.
3. The route is named after the ruins of a Fremont Culture dwelling that lie just right of the start of the route.

Climb
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Nov 28
The Jane Fonda Total Body Workout (5.11-, 130')Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: OW bombay to Hands
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1. Looks like fun.
2. Mike beginning Jane Fonda's full body workout in the opening bombay. After this, it's pretty cruiser hands in the corner.
3. Cruiser corner climbing.

Climb
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Nov 28
Railroad Tracks (5.10-, 50')Battle of the Bulge
Lead: Steph; Follow: Mike          Size: Fingers and Hands
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1. Railroad Tracks climbs the twin cracks in to the top of the pillar in the center of the photo.
2. Looking up the route.
3. Mike climbing in the afternoon sun.

Climb
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Nov 28
Quarter of a Man (5.11+, 120')Battle of the Bulge
Lead: Mike; Follow: Steph          Size: Hands
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1. Looking up the corner.
2. Another photo looking up the corner. It's an enduro thin hands pitch.
3. Looking down the corner while following.
4. The fun finish.
5. The anchor.
6. Rope scars under the anchor.



Some random photos from other days of cragging at Indian Creek.....

Color coded by area:
   =Donnelly Canyon       =Reservoir Wall       =Supercrack Buttress       =The Wall