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Indian Creek 2019 info: or the linkblm.gov/press-release/annou….
RAPTOR CLOSURES: please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat Wall and Reservoir Wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings.
Crusher edit: Someone beat me to the update, thanks. RIP Cobra.
I've seen pics of folks jumping up and down on the summit, and even pics of a with slack line rigged over the top. Amazing that it fell down by itself, with no one to see. I'll leave the rest of the text as it was written, 14 years ago.
This route is a Fisher Tower classic. It should be a mandatory lead for anyone who wants to climb the larger towers. So unlikely, yet so much fun, and semi-terrifying too. Sart on the north side below a crack system. Up this at 5.9 or so, ending up on the obvious ledge on the west. A tricky mantel here (some kind of small camming device) gains another ledge below the major bulge above. Here you can actually throw a long piece of webbing all around the tower for protection. Reaching and clipping the fixed pin above is not easy. When I did this the wind was blowing real hard so every time I teetered up with a view to clipping the rope into the quickdraw, the quickdraw kept swinging out of reach. Scary. However the benefit of the wind was that the sling I slung round the whole tower just flew right round and back into my hands. Once the quickdraw is safely clipped, lurch upwards. Most folks go for a full-on dyno here, but I figured out an awkward but cool sequence to avoid this. The pin is drilled into what looks like pettrified mashed potato (with paprika), so heavy falls are perhaps not such a good idea. Anyway, once you've gained the rail above the "bolt" the final overhang seems pretty easy (if inelegant). I kinda recall that a large (4-inch ?)cam goes in under here, but watch for rope drag. Once I was on top, the wind almost blew me right back off, and, acutely aware that a windy day is just the kind of day which will see this thing fall over, I stayed perhaps a second, before lowering, mildly gibbering, to the ground. Best to keep your eyes shut while lowering, as this Cobra sure looks like it has some nasty eating disorder.