Sparkling Touch 5.11a
Sparkling Touch (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 climb to another.
Sparkling Touch is a very fun climb located just right of Thumbelina. It climbs up the right side of the Sparkling Touch Tower and even if it is rated 5.11 (a single move with a bolt at your hips), the route is mostly 5.10. The first pitch might be the real crux: it climbs up a sustained hand to fist crack, going over a bulge with awkward but fun moves using the edge of an offwidth flake. Then, a short but thin crack brings you up an easy but very enjoyable hands corner. The technical crux of Sparkling Touch is a bouldery move at a bolt that allows you to reach the true summit via a cool step across a gap.
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 Sparkling Touch with one or all of these climbs Learning To Crawl (5.11b), Thunderbolts (5.10b) or East Face Route (5.10d) for a full day of summit bagging.
Another great climb with a similar grade that is not too far is Lightning Bolt Cracks (5.11b). It is a longer, more sustained route and features incredibly good crack climbing.