Type: Trad, 400 ft (121 m), 5 pitches, Grade II
FA: P1 H Lester & girlfriend, mid 80's; p2 Lester & Rolofson, mid 90's; remainder - J Smith ???
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Shared By: david goldstein on Apr 25, 2003
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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details


A steep and excellent route and a worthy and probably unoccupied alternative to Fine Jade or Castleton North Face, though overall more difficult than those routes. Every pitch is worthy in its own right. The 1st two pitches have rap anchors.

The route starts in front of opposed layback corners which are about 15' apart, underneath the huge pillar that leans against the west face, about 50 yards left of Fine Jade.

P1. 5.10c 120'. Start in the right corner. Climb thin finger laybacking for 30' to a ledge, then continue in the same crack system, now a right facing corner w/ mostly thin hands to a bolted anchor at a ledge. A two star Indian Creek pitch.Variation: "old fashioned" 11a tips laybacking. The left crack/corner at the start is much more classic (and harder) than the one described above. This variation required a couple of extra green Alien sized cams. Traverse to the regular line on the ledge at 30'. Careful rope management is required to avoid rope drag on the upper part of the pitch -- we added a belay at the end of the traverse. Another problem with this variation is the "not cranking on all cylinders syndrome" -- the first move of the route and probably the day, is the hardest.

P2. 5.11a 120'. Continue up the crack system, starting with 15' of 5.9ish chimney which will seem harder if you don't have a 5 Camalot sized piece. A long stretch of steep, beautiful hands and fingers gets you to a hole with a cruxy technical reach to a chossy ledge. 20' feet of easy hands brings you to a lackluster stance and another bolted anchor. Once the ledge at the end of the crux cleans up, this is a three star Indian Creek pitch.

P3. 5.10c 90'. Staying in the crack system follow easy hands to a suprisingly hard pull onto a ledge. Above the ledge the crack seams out for about 10' resulting in good ,hard and reachy moves protected by wires. After this, the crack widens to hands and cups through a flare (The Burnisher). Belay about 20' below the roof unless you have excellent rope drag management skills in which case you should link the next pitch.

P4. 5.9 50'. Up the crack to the roof utilizing juggy blocks where you dare. Hand traverse the side of the roof and continue up a a stembox to an OK stance about 20' below the rim. Disregarding the choss, this pitch is somewhat Gunks-like. If you didn't link this pitch w/ P3, it can easily be linked with P5 if you use enough long runners below the roof.

P5. 5.11a (soft) 20'. Stem and layback out the left side of the stem box on remarkably sticky calcite. A few feet of easy hands leads to another instantaneous Rectory topout. The hard part can be protected with either micro cams or a #4 Camalot.

Descend Fine Jade.


1 set wires, 3 ea purple, blue, green, yellow Aliens, 3 ea 1 & 1.5 Friend, 4 or 5 #2 Friend, 2 each 2.5, 3, 3.5 Friend, 1 #5 Camalot. Long runners and quickdraws