Avg: 3.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 400 ft (121 m), 5 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Andrew Wilder and Scott McLeod in 2009|
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|Shared By:||Wade Plafcan on Nov 22, 2016 · Updates|
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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.
We climbed this route twice fall of 2016. All anchors are bolted well with good enough tat. This line is beautiful corner and is immediately above you when you hike up to the convent. We linked pitches and did it in 3. 1 and 2 link well, the rest have decent drag.
Pitch 1: 5.12-, Crux off the deck. Super thin corner for 20 feet leads to a short easy chimney. The move getting out of the chimney roof was not freed but felt pretty hard and awkward. finish on off fingers and hands
Pitch 2: 5.10+, Great pitch, tight hands through an overhang leads up the corner. The corner is variable but widens to #5 cam. We found 2 #4s and 1#5 helpful on this pitch. Hand stack and jam up this beautiful pitch!
Pitch 3: 5.11+, The corner thins down up to fingers and leads to a large roof that seams out. My last piece was blue metolious. Pull a cool move around the roof. Then exposed face traverse left to a hand crack and mantle up to base of sport pitch. I placed a very small piece temporarily to protect mantle at end of this pitch. This pitch is wild and exposed!
Pitch 4: Sport pitch, 5.11c, Clip 4 bolts and pull technical and balancy moves. Great movement! lead up and right on easy terrain. This is where it gets tower weird. Ill describe the way we went: Mantle and traverse 30 feet left on flat ground. You will see a corner with 1 more bolts. Climb broken rock up corner to a sloping ledge and calcite .3 cam corner. climb this 10 foot corner to huge ledge, walk right to anchor on ledge.
Pitch 5: Easy climbing, multiple options, some loose rock. Know that the final anchor is directly above you on a ledge. To get there go either left of right. Left was easy looking #5 OW, however we went right. Traverse right 30 feet and up easy calcite crack corner. Mantle up to huge ledge and go left a bit. Climb easy broken rock face style up to another ledge. Head left and go up short splitter crack for 15 more feet. The final anchor is to your left.
This climb was a great tower adventure! Mostly clean, some loose rock on top makes for a full tower experience! Did not look heavily trafficked but was only slightly sandy. Have Fun!
The approach information for the convent was great and got us up. It definitely has some crappy choss sections but nothing unexpected when looking at it.