The Tower Climbs That Weren’t

Indian Creek, UT - The Supercrack Buttress

Supercrack Buttress - Indian Creek, UtahWell, enough of the pity party. It’s not like our alternative climbing destination was chump change. Indian Creek is a world renowned, crack climbing mecca. There are endless, perfect splitter cracks and the weather, though cold and somewhat windy, participated with our plans to climb here. It looked as though the gray skies held back a lot of other climbers, because Indian Creek was not the mob scene it is usually. We had the Supercrack Buttress pretty much to ourselves with only about five other groups of climbers.

Some climbs that we shoved our hands into here were:

  • 3am Crack (5.10b-130′) – warmed up for first 10′, found a good stride for the next 100′, then cooled down the remaining 20′! Everything you have heard about Indian Creek being the land of 5.10’s is true. Being from Southern California (excuses, excuses), my crack climbing technique was way off. It appeared that my Wall Street warmup yesterday didn’t translate into being amazing today.
  • Incredible Hand Crack (5.10c)
  • Unnamed (5.10-50′) – Offwidth into a flake next to climbers left of keyhole. Very exciting climb with a super committing step across from a large offwidth to flake crack. About the length of crack I can handle without blowing an internal fuse.
  • Keyhole Flake (5.10)
  • Supercrack (5.10)
Eric killing it on the Incredible Hand Crack - Indian Creek, Utah Eric on the sharp end of the rope on Keyhole Flake - Indian Creek, Utah

Props to the Access Fund, Friends of Indian Creek and the countless other companies and individuals that were involved in the clean up of Indian Creek. The cleanliness of the crag, the new pit toilet and the parking lot were much appreciated.

Location: Indian Creek, UT

Guidebook: 

Indian Creek: A Climbing Guide (Camalot Edition)

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 110 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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