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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.
P1: 5.8? Climb the easy 5.6 narrow sloping chimney with poor gear to gain the obvious big full stem chimney. Grovel up the ramp in the large chimney, passing huge loose death blocks to gain a crack system. Climb the wide chimney protecting in the crack to a huge chock stone. Set a belay using cracks on either side while perched on a wobbly stone. (note: there are no slings around the really big boulder as it says in the Burns guide).
P2: 5.8? Finish the chimney, exiting by pulling over more big, loose piles. If you are belaying, where a helmet and don't look up-your belay holds you directly below any falling junk.
P3: 5.10 dirty and loose. This is the cool looking splitter that you see in both Burns guide and from the ground. Beware the large pillar in the corner. It broke off and fell into the corner when I touched it. Climb the loose hands to good hands crack that is filled with dirt. A mantle onto a ledge with 3" of dirt finishes the pitch.
Now traverse left around the corner on 4th class to the obvious crack.
P4: Climb the crack which ranges from fingers to OW, heavy on the hands. Beware loose stuff, especially head sized blocks sitting right in the route about 20 feet above the belay. Slings are helpful.
P5: (we combined this with P4): Continued up the crack-Burns calls this pitch loose which is an understatement. This would be a great pitch if it were clean, however it isn't and it sucks.
Now traverse way around until you are on a ledge, below a difficult looking crack, with Washer Woman directly across from you. You will pass a crack that may seem correct with a fixed anchor - it is not.
P6: Finally, the rock is better. Climb the thin crack, which looks hard (it's not) but gets constantly harder. I suppose you could set a belay midway, but we linked it with P7 as the belay would suck and you really are only up about 50 feet off the belay.
P7: Bolt Ladder to a 5.9ish free move and then 5.5 slabby to the last anchor.
P8: Not really a pitch-there are no summit anchors so you have to scamper up an easy cone to the top and then downclimb.
Descent: Rap the North Ridge. A single 60 gets you back to the last belay from the top. From there you can do three single rope raps or one single and a double. From there, a double rope gets you to the ground-I didn't see an intermediate anchor enabling a two rope rap. I also think you could rap to the saddle between Washer Woman and Monster and then do low 5th class downclimbing to get down.
Comments: Great view from top, but a poor choice of routes to get there. Bring goggles. Also, Monster Tower and Washer Woman sit in a wind tunnel. Watch your ropes on the rap.