Avg: 4 from 1 vote
|Type:||Sport, 90 ft (27 m)|
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|Shared By:||ben jammin on Oct 31, 2015|
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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.
What makes The Skeptic so great is the diversity of climbing on the route. Dyno's, deadpoints to fingerlocks, healthy runouts and good ol' fashion power. Originally rated 13c R the R can certainly be mitigated with supplemental pro but the crux clip at the third bolt is a little heads up. I thought it was a bit easier than Tikiman so I went with the slash grade.
The Climb: Get things started off right! Get up on the jug and do a 5 foot all-points-off dyno to the good ledge up and left. Maybe someone could figure out something technical to avoid this but just quit with your euro pansy shit and dyno. Another dynamic move gets you to a good jug to rest before the crux.
The crux is powerful and probably around V7/8, Crimp hard to get into the 'pencil sharpener' (hopefully you have small fingers) and deadpoint out left to the good ledge. Power up to a decent hold and do some technical, core intensive moves to deadpoint into a fingerlock. A nice jug follows and if you've made it here you should be sending. 40 feet of laybacking and fingerlocking gets you to the final 40 feet of slab. This slab ain't easy so stay on your game. You can add some pro here if you want but it's easy (5.8) to the chains.
A powerful and committing climb that has the best of everything. I'd say this is one of the best sport climbs in the Moab area.