What could be a better way to spend the final days of indian summer than basking beneath the sunny sandstone cliffs of Indian Creek Canyon? Just a stones throw from the Colorado/Utah border, The Creek, as its affectionately known by Durango area rock jocks, is revered as one of the great rock climbing destinations of the world. Since its discovery by Colorado climbers in the late 1970s, the Creek has etched its name in the history books of mountaineering as the undisputed home of crack climbing. Miles upon miles of Wingate sandstone host thousands of laser cut, parallel-sided cracks which range from the size of your finger tips to torso engulfing chimneys. The kicked-back, solar induced ambiance, dazzling starry nights, and amazing climbing leaves little else to be desired. The Creek is yet another backyard playground to make all of Durangos neighbors jealous!

Chris Trimble, of Durango, places protection in a perfect
crack. DanSteaves levitates up a finger-crack. Fellow Durangoans catch a lift to the crag. Trimble ascends a classic Indian Creek splitter. Camming devices, shown here, offer crucial protection from a


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