2013 Raptor Closures Serpent Point and the adjacent walls within one-half mile are closed to public use from March 15 through July 15. This includes the landscape portions above the walls extending 50 feet from the rim edge. This pertains to the following areas:
North Rim areas - The Alpine Aretes, Porcelain Arete, and Painted Wall. These climbing routes are closed: Alpine Route, Porcelain Arete, On the Border, Broken Porcelain, Northern Arete, Beyer Route, The Dragon, The Serpent, Forrest-Walker, Stratosfear, Journey Through Mirkwood, and Southern Arete.
South Rim areas - Dragon Point and Dragon Point Buttress. These climbing routes are closed: Pilgrimage, Crumb Blunder, Magic Dragon, Black Adder, Black Snake, Black Heathen, Black Dragon Rider, and Silent Rage.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Kachina Wings is the beatufil corner system climbers right of Journey Home. This line is amazing: steep, sustained, and very exposed. There is no need for a topo, follow the corner system up to the terrace and break up the pitches how ever you want. The pegmatite OW is the crux climbed at 10+ and is friendlier than it appears...but hey, it's still a 130' pegmatite OW, so tread lightly.
My partner and I were heading down gully for some route when those guys were putting this route up. We, the "locals", had no idea who these guys were. But we did note that they were poaching a plum line from right under our noses. We might have been a touched miffed except the speed, grace and efficiency of their assent amazed us and certainly belied the seriousness of the climb. We were impressed. So with a respectful nod o' the chapeau, we bumbled off on our way for the day. I've thought of that day often since Scott was lost on Everest.