EASTER ISLAND, THUNDERBOLTS (5.10)
The Bridger Jack Mesa formation, a serrated ridge that separates Beef Basin from Davis Canyon (the large valley containing the Six Shooters) in Indian Creek, is home to some of the Creek’s best towers. Though Easter Island stands among the shortest towers in the Bridger Jacks, it does provide quality and varied climbing. The first pitch is a flaring hand crack that has ratings all over the map: Let’s just call it 5.9+. It leads to a large, sloping belay ledge. From here, head right and slowly wind around the tower to a bolted, technical face.
Airy exposure and sandy crimping make the second pitch feel like old-school 5.10. Be sure to use long runners early on; rope drag could ruin your day as you tiptoe and balance your way up its tiny edges. The kitchen-sized summit is a great hangout, and the free-hanging rappel is fun and straightforward.
FIRST ASCENT: Jeff Achey, Easter 1985 RACK: Standard rack with draws, plus a couple of long runners for the bolted face RAPPEL: Double 70-meter rap to the ground.
GETTING THERE: From Moab, take Highway 191 south for 62 miles and then head west on Highway 211. Stay on 211 for another 21 miles, passing Newspaper Rock and Supercrack Bu ress to reach Beef Basin Road on your le . Turn here, and less than a mile down, turn right and drive toward the Bridger Jacks (4WD required) for around a mile. Follow the obvious trail a half-mile to the towers.
RITA YOUNG SHIN TRUSTS HER FEET AND HER CLIPPING SKILLS ON THE 5.10 SECOND PITCH OF THUNDERBOLTS.