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Help keep Indian Creek a crack climbing paradise

December 10, 2011



Well this isn’t exactly about wrestling pebbles, but all climbers should stand together to protect our outdoor playgrounds.

Indian Creek in southeastern Utah is such world renowned for its seemingly endless buttresses full of perfect cracks that Arthur and I once put on a harness to climb there (see photo).  No, you are not reading this wrong.

But officials in San Juan County are looking to spoil the natural beauty of the area, a place where the redrock desert meets in stark contrast with the bright green flora beside the creek during the spring.  If they get their way, a 4 mile ATV trail will wind its way through the area, impacting the environment and creating user conflicts with climbers and other quiet recreationists.  In fact, the proposal specifically states that the route is “to provide an exclusive opportunity for ATV enthusiasts.”  Even though over 3,000 miles of off-road trails already exist on BLM lands in the county, they are still looking to add more – and this will most likely not be the last trail they will attempt to add.

I don’t know about you, but my climbing experience is definitely impacted when I have to hear the constant roar of ATV engines or have to jump out of the way when hiking to the crag (I’ve almost been run over multiple times by those things.)  Let’s make sure that Indian Creek does not become an off-road playground.

What can you do?

Send a message by December 22 to the BLM here:

Thanks everyone!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2011 2:08 pm

    Is the climber in the first picture on TR or is he sandbagging a 50 foot run out?

  2. December 15, 2011 5:30 pm

    It’s TR. Art only puts on a harness 2 times a year, and in 2008 this was one of them.

  3. December 19, 2011 7:57 pm

    That is an awesome shot!

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