EASTER IS­LAND, THUN­DER­BOLTS (5.10)

Climbing - - CLINICS GUIDE'S TIP - BRIDGE R JACK MESA IN­DIAN CREEK

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.

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