OUT Side Connection Column June 24, 2009

Film captures historic climb in southeast Utah

“One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.” 
— Zen Master Futomaki

You might not want to hang like a spider from a towering wall of Wingate sandstone, but you can watch as others do so and admire their grace, skill and courage.

One of the iconic climbs of the popular Indian Creek climbing area in southeast Utah is a narrow fissure in the sandstone dubbed “Supercrack.”

Named in 1971, the split wasn’t climbed until 1976 when a team of climbers led by the late Earl Wiggins, credited as one of the founders of the minimalist school of climbing, jammed its way to the top of the imposing feature.

Wiggins’ talent and determination set the stage for a multitude of “splitter” climbs on the edge of Canyonlands National Park and elsewhere.

The story of that first climb, which was filmed in Super-8 by outdoor photographer Stewart Green, and a more-recent celebratory climb by some of the original team members (Wiggins died in December 2002) is recorded in Chris Alstrin’s movie “Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack.”

You can see a special screening of the movie at 7 p.m. Thursday in the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.

Admission is $10 at the door with proceeds benefitting the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition.

WHAT: Special screening of “Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack”

WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: The KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. Admission is $10.

WHO: Proceeds benefit the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition, a volunteer nonprofit dedicated to preserving access to western Colorado’s climbing areas through land stewardship, education and land-use advocacy.

INFORMATION: Jesse Zacher, 712-8998, and the coalition’s Web site, http://westernslopeclimbers.blogspot.com.


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