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YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

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Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Darin Lang on Oct 13, 2001

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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 MORE INFO >>>


From the parking lot, go across the drainage and then past the first trail (to Generic Crack). The next trail will take you up to the Chocolate Corner area. Hike past Chocolate Corner to a large inset chimney with two routes inside. This is the route on the right side of the chimney, ascending a slightly overhanging thin hands to finger crack in an acute dihedral/slot to a anchor composed of two drilled pins. About 70 feet.

Start up the seemingly frictionless thin-hands slot (with occasionally tolerable hand jams) to a pod, where you can place the #3 Camalot and milk a "rest". The 25 feet from the pod to the anchors is the crux, with acceptable and sometimes excellent fingerlocks. Hardmen and hardwomen will just jam straight up to the anchors, while the rest of us softies can use an inelegant combination of stemming and chimney technique to supplement the finger jams.Three stars anywhere else, but two stars at most for Indian Creek.


3 #1 Camalots, 1 #3 Camalot, double Aliens from yellow to orange. Heck, you could might even be able to use some larger stoppers on this if you wanted to hang around and fiddle them in.

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By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Nov 1, 2001

I'll check my guides, but I thought Drainpipe was the left route.
By Darin Lang
Nov 1, 2001

Either way ... both routes are pretty fun and 5.10ish, although IMO the left route is a bit harder than the right one due to OW start and the relentless off-finger jams (I hate this size).
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 5, 2001

Good pitch; reminiscent of the tight dihedral pitch on the NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral Rock. Seems like the knee-cam maneuver is necessary to keep the grade at 5.10, unless you have small paws.

Shaded and cool.
By Karsten Duncan
From: Sacramento, CA
Jul 9, 2007

A different kind of climb for the creek, less about jamming and more about finaglry. This was a proud lead for me back in the day and I am sure it still spits out climbers today.
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Sep 21, 2009

Got an eyeful of sand on this one, ouch. Not a classic, but different and challenging, and stays cool in there. The unnamed to the left is longer and better.
By ccmski body
From: Seattle, WA
Nov 19, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Pumpy and fun. Harder for the grade than other 10s at the creek IMO.
By Alexander Nees
From: Grand Junction, CO
Apr 29, 2010
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

This thing ate me alive... I got a knee gobie right through my pants from kneebar-ing my way most of the distance! Certainly seemed harder for me than other 10s at the Creek. I'd call it 10+ for the water polish, awkwardness, and bad rattly fingers at the top.

And yes, I'm pretty sure this route is the Drainpipe. That's what Bloom says, it squares with his description, and also this crack is definitely the primary drainage channel, not the one to the left (personal observation!).
By -robin-
Mar 8, 2011

those nailed in angles for anchors scared me, one of them pulled out when I was cleaning the tat off the anchor, I guess all you can do is slide it back in and hope for the best, ah sandstone.
By LahDaBudz
From: moab, ut
Mar 10, 2011
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

not sandstone robin......drilled angles IN sandstone. why cant we all use bolts?

by the way guys dranpipe is THE LEFT route. where the water runs down the cliff. that is why its the DRAINPIPE!
By Larry
From: SoAZ
Jul 18, 2011

Well, LahDa, those drilled angles went in at a time when they were much preferred to 1/4" split-shaft compression bolts, which were granite standard. Feel free to upgrade the hardware. Just do a good job!
By Lou Hibbard
From: Eagan, MN
Oct 30, 2011

Odd how I had a good left knee cam and almost a no hands rest much of the way yet still managed to be pumped at the top.
By chris Kalous
Oct 7, 2013

Another party pulled the piton out with hands this weekend. Putting it back in and hoping for the best us certainly not the only answer. A: replace it. B: leave a precious cam as backup (more precious than life?)


Top roping it off the left Drainpipe route is probably more fun, anyway.

Several anchors in Donnelly are double pitons ( maybe 30+ years old) with chains and due for a replacement including the left Drainpipe.

Be suspicious of old drilled pins in Wingate.
By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Dec 3, 2013

We drilled a new anchor over the weekend on this thing. Used fatty 1/2 inch. bolts provided by the ASCA.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Dec 3, 2013

Thanks for the work and thanks to ASCA.
By chris Kalous
Dec 7, 2013

Well played, Mr. Mehall.

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