VIDEO: BD athlete Cedar Wright making a 5.13 multi-pitch first ascent at Indian Creek, Utah
Black Diamond athlete Cedar Wright teamed up with fellow Boulderite Nick Martino last November to make the first ascent of a wild-looking 5.13 multi-pitch route at Indian Creek, Utah. Below is Cedar's comments about the route as well as a great video he made that documents the entire adventure from roadtriping out there to scoping the line to redpointing the route, which the duo named Micah Dash Memorial Choss Pile, as a humorous homage to their good friend Micah Dash who, along with Jonny Copp and Wade Johnson, was killed in an avalanche last summer in the mountains of southwestern China
Man was it great to get back down to Indian Creek over Thanksgiving!! Indian Creek has always been one of my favorite climbing areas, and it felt like coming home as I rolled into Beef Basin with my good friend Nick Martino. Over the years I've been lucky to put up some classic first ascents in the Creek that buck the trend of the straight-in splitter and offer up more complex esoteric climbing. My most recent foray into the unknown continued with this trend. Nick and I were lucky to establish our new route over a few days and headed back to Boulder psyched on our little dose of adventure. We both lead the crux pitch, and I managed to onsight the wild 25-foot roof on the third pitch by the skin of my teeth. We named the route the Micah Dash Memorial Choss Pile in honor of our good friend Micah Dash who was lost in the mountains of China this year. I think he would have appreciated the tongue-in-cheek name, which as it turns out is not a choss pile at all!! Micah loved the creek and was always good for a laugh and a quality shit-talking session around the fire. Well... enjoy everyone.
— Cedar Wright