Learning to Crawl 5.11b
Thumbelina (Bridger Jack), Indian Creek
About the Climb
The Bridger Jacks are a group of relatively short spires in the heart of Indian Creek. If you get tired of cragging at Indian Creek, want to get away from the crowds and are looking for a little more adventure to the top of a tower, then these towers are for you. This is also a great spot to camp if you’ll be in Indian Creek for a few days. These spires offer a relatively moderate and quick approach, as well as several quality short summit climbs. It is easy to climb multiple towers in a day because of the easy access. The rock is excellent, the view is great and the climbing can feel very different from one route to another.
Learning to Crawl ascends Thumbelina, the leftmost detached tower of the Bridger Jack Mesa. This is a somewhat unique climb for Indian Creek standards. It is a very fun face climb on superb rock up a mostly bolted arête. Although a light rack is required, the hard sections are bolt protected. If you’re looking for a full pump, climb this route in one super long pitch (watch for rope drag), or break it into 2 pitches and belay at a break halfway up. Learning to Crawl starts with some 3rd class and climbs a wide crack to the base of an imposing arête. This climb ascends the arête and features aesthetic thin face moves on impeccable rock.
Getting to the base of the Bridger Jacks requires driving on a dirt road that can be rough in sections, depending on the conditions. Most 2WD cars will be OK, but a high clearance 4x4 can help. Camping at the base of the Bridger Jacks is very convenient and will offer the easiest access to this route, as well as incredible views of Indian Creek. Sites are first come first serve, and no toilets or water are available. Please use Wag Bags (donation box or bring your own) and pack out everything with you.
Once up at the base of the Bridger Jacks, it's easy to climb other quality routes that are just a few minutes away. Combine Learning to Crawl with one or all of these climbs: Sparkling Touch (5.11a), Thunderbolts (5.10b) or East Face Route (5.10d) for a full day of summit bagging.
Another classic climb with a similar grade that's not too far is Lightning Bolt Cracks (5.11a). It is a longer, more sustained climb and features incredibly good crack climbing.