There have been a number of new routes this year in Utah’s desert, but the new Out from the Shadows looks especially good.
On the last day of March, Jason Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Mary Harlan established this new five-pitch 5.11 in Indian Creek.
Jason Nelson wrote on Mountain Project, “I started working on this climb with Mary Harlan. We climbed and cleaned the first two pitches of this route and Sucker Punch over two days. Several other missions by myself and various partners added the remaining hardware. A year to two later, my wife Lisa agreed to do the route with me.
“Our first attempt ended in failure when we couldn’t locate a rumored trail on the backside of the Bridgers. The following day, we rode our bikes from the cattle guard to avoid bouncing around on the Bridger Jack road in a vehicle, did the normal approach from the campground and climbed the route.
“I named the route Out From the Shadows because the route is in the shade for most of the day and more importantly, it was Lisa’s first big adventure with me after a difficult fight with late-stage lyme disease for the past two years. Getting up this route for her is a big step on her road to recovery. She went from being a strong athlete to barely being able to walk a mile. Welcome back to the team Lisa”
Out From the Shadows is on the northwest face of Bridger Jack Butte.