The ski guide’s body after the winter season is best compared to that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex;  strong legs, fit lungs, and neglected, scrawny arms. Although the snow at home in the Crested Butte backcountry is still abundant for spring ski mountaineering, after over 100 days of skiing, my feet really begin to protest those confining plastic shoes…

Each Spring, my motivations turn toward rock climbing and for the past few seasons, the Utah desert has delivered a healthy spanking.

“jamming” a crack. I swear my hands were bigger last season!

For most rock climbers, Indian Creek, Utah, needs little introduction as the crack climbing mecca of the universe. Thousands of parallel sided cracks among hosted by dozens of different walls, perfectly situated among a blooming and colorful desert landscape. The climbs aren’t easy, and for it’s not uncommon to feel completely destroyed after even the most modest of climbing days.

Our friends Arch and Khali are psyched for Spring!

Sure, the climbing is spectacular and there are plenty of very challenging crack climbs to test your mettle. But for us, spring in the desert is about reconnecting with friends, partners, the warm sun and flip-flops.


If you have run into us at any cragging area, chances are you’ve met our friend Louis [loo-ee]. I met Louis about 8 years ago when volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary during my early years of sandstone adventuring… He’s always been the best dog ever and has become even wiser with age.

As illustrated above,  Louis shows genuine concern for his companions when they are dealing with particularly challenging climbs. He must have some kind of ability to sense tense climbers, as he’s otherwise nonplussed.

Louis demonstrating exceptional crag behavior.

Mike Bromberg Climbing Annunaki

Interested in learning how to crack climb? Contact me about guided rock climbing days at Indian Creek and many other great climbing destinations worldwide.