United State is the adventure paradise and Utah’s Indian Creek is outstanding rock-climbing adventure trip for trained professionals. Miles long parallel cracks shoot up along red sandstone cliffs that are rare natural phenomenon and very few geographical parts display them. Crack climbing at its best, Indian Creek Desert finds many adventure lovers. Until 1976 the Creek remained anonymous and very few people knew its actual worth when a Colorado based trekkers’ team made the difference. That was an immense 300 foot, splitter crack located upon an undulating cliff that has towered over the desert floor on the top of talus slopes.
Trekking way is quite unforgiving that has no security for sharp corners and if you’re an aspiring climber of these cracks, you should have jamming skills. Sharp-cut fissures are separated through absolute blank stones. In this situation, face climbing skills will become irrelevant and single moves upon crack widths are quite impossible.
For learning basic crack climbing skills, desert Cracks of Indian Creek is probably the best place. More than thousand routes have been discovered still now. Evolution of technically advanced clamming devices has made parallel crack climbing a safer option. It’s one of the reasons of unveiling of several other routes.
However basic climbing tenets have not been made easier and most climbers face dangers of cracks’ dead vertical nature, uniform crack size; you need to have the knowledge of finger locks, hand and foot jamming as well as ring locks.
According to Eric Odenthal of Windgate Adventures, “Indian Creek has the most pure splitter crack lines in the Moab area and possibly the world,” and that “Crack climbing is absolutely a blast and the only way to learn is to try. The first time your hand jam locks, your shoes stick and you begin walking upward, it is the best experience—and that becomes quite addicting.”
March to mid-May and mid-September to November.
Cams: Bring in multiple cams. Place your cams at first and if the route takes longer then try to retrieve their gears before.
Clothes: Clothes that can bear beatings should be brought.
Tapes and Chalks: Bring in athletic tapes that can attach your sleeve shirt with your wrist and pants with ankles so to save you from sliding.
Multiple pairs of climbing shoes: From snug face-climbing shoes to loose-fitting ones, bring in multiple pairs.
Flip-flops: Bring in flip-flops so that your feet can breathe in.
Enough food and water: Nearest filling station is at a distance of 15 miles (Canyonlands National Park) so bring in your personal fills of food and water.
Rope and rope-trap: Bring in 70 mt. rope plus rope trap.
“I have to say the only way to train for Indian Creek is to climb at Indian Creek,” Odenthal says. “The best thing to work on is your cardio. Climbing is most of the time anaerobic, but with the Creek and its endurance-fest long pitches, you’ll be fighting to get to those anchors, and of course learning techniques on movement with every move.”
With proper gears and guidance you can take up this trip very smoothly and I bet you’ll not be disappointed either. So pack your boots and move on.