After a few days of work Kate was able to redpoint the long and burly Indian Creek testpiece, The Optimator. It was a proud send. She clipped the anchors just as the skies let loose a torrential down pour of rain.
Kate and I have been hanging in the Moab/Indian Creek area for a few weeks now keeping plenty busy climbing. I haven’t been to psyched to hang much in the Creek in the last few years as I don’t really feel like it does much to improve my climbing anymore. That being said I have had a great time hanging there lately with good friends and good scenery.
The iconic North Six Shooter
I do have a few things in Indian Creek on my tick list. One of them being Learning To Fly, a short but burly overhanging finger crack. Originally it was rated 5.13+ by Didier Berthod but it seems the grade has settled to a more realistic 5.13b. I managed to convince our posse to head up to the Wall to check it out. Much to my surprise I almost got the onsight. I fumbled one short section a half move before a rest but pulled right back on and went to the top. I didn’t give it another try that day as I was scared I could hurt my finger on it. A week later I rallied another group of friends to head back up to the Wall so I could give it another go. This time things went perfectly and I cruised it. Didn’t even get pumped which was pretty cool!
Learning to Fly at the Wall. Photo by Sinuhe Xavier
Kate’s dad, Mark, came to visit us for a week allowing us a little rest and relaxation…. sort of…