The Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition is dedicated to preserving access to
“Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack” was screened at the Radio Room on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm. Proceeds benefitted the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition.
The world-wide popularity of the climbing area known as Indian Creek, in Southeastern Utah, got its first notice by a handful of intrepid climbers back in the 1970s. The parallel-sided crack splitting the face of a Wingate sandstone wall was deemed impossible to climb by many, and yet the visionary young climber, Earl Wiggins, decided to take it on. Stewart Green, who was on the first ascent team and captured the climb on super-8 film, will introduce this film and share stories of the significance of the ascent to the emergent American climbing scene.
“Luxury Liner,” as Supercrack was first named by Wiggins and friends, is a film that weaves the original footage by those young men with interviews and perspectives of some of the first ascentionists who made a recent pilgrimage back to Indian Creek. These climbers became pillars of the climbing community and theirs became household names throughout the United States and beyond. Film-maker Chris Alstrin is an independent filmmaker who has been directing and producing adventure films since 2002. He is known for his documentary style of adventure filmmaking while capturing subjects during intense moments in the outdoors. (See Alstrinfilms.com for more info.)
The Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition is a Mesa County nonprofit and is dedicated to preserving access to Western Colorado's climbing areas through land stewardship, education and land use advocacy. The WCCC is run entirely by volunteer efforts and is currently fundraising for a project involving the purchase of a climbing area in Unaweep Canyon. They have received funding from REI, the Access Fund, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and many individual donors of cash and professional services to secure the future of the Mothers Buttress cliff on highway 141. The private property where the cliff is located was purchased by generous individuals from Gunnison who are cooperating to sell the crag to the Coalition.