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Garden of Expectations 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Oct 31, 2009

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On the final headwall of Garden of Expectation

  • Emergency Closure to Protect Sensitive Plant Species MORE INFO >>>
  • Grotto and Lookout closed MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    ROUTE CLOSED TO PROTECT ENDANGERED PLANTS. The Park Service has deemed that the all routes on the north facing, south side of the GROTTO are critical habitat and the routes have been removed, posted, and closed.


    Routes upstream from "Game Boy," on the south side of the Grotto, have been closed.



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    By Benjamin Chapman
    From: Small Town, USA
    Nov 26, 2009

    Route removed, posted, and closed.
    By Simon Hatfield
    From: Oakland, CA
    May 1, 2010

    I climbed this route with a few friends today and were approached by a group of concerned park rangers. Apparently, Garden of Expectations and Mystic River cut through one of the world's 3 remaining populations of a critically endangered succulent. After the rangers identified the plant for us it was obvious that it was in fact activity by climbers that has destroyed much of this population. They mentioned that Echo was almost closed years ago in an effort to protect this specific plant. We convinced them that the climbing community is not only passionate about preserving the environment, but respectful towards rules, especially when access was contingent on them.

    Please help the park service to preserve this species by not only discontinuing the climbing in the northwest of the grotto, but making sure that other climbers know that the routes in the area run through critical habitat. As continuing to climb this route will likely lead to closure of the whole area, it is better to climb routes that do not promise to cause the extinction of a species.

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